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Today in World War II History—June 28, 1941

HMS Tartar’s boarding party prepares to board German weather ship Lauenburg, 28 June 1941 (Imperial War Museum: SP 579)

HMS Tartar’s boarding party prepares to board German weather ship Lauenburg, 28 June 1941 (Imperial War Museum: SP 579)

80 Years Ago—June 28, 1941: In Arctic, British light cruiser Nigeria and British destroyers Bedouin, Jupiter, and Tartar capture German weather ship Lauenburg; crew of Tartar captures Enigma code books and machine.

US forms Office of Scientific Research and Development under Vannevar Bush for scientific and medical research (supersedes National Defense Research Committee and Committee on Medical Research).

Claire Chennault’s American Volunteer Group (“Flying Tigers”) arrives in Burma to train in P-40 Tomahawks.

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