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Today in World War II History—July 18, 1941

The first destroyer escort built by the US for the British, HMS Bayntun, Boston Harbor, 8 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo: 10381)

The first destroyer escort built by the US for the British, HMS Bayntun, Boston Harbor, 8 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo: 10381)

80 Years Ago—July 18, 1941: US Army Air Force opens bases in Iceland to patrol convoy routes in North Atlantic.

US Secretary of Navy Frank Knox approves plan to build 100 destroyer escorts for Britain.

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