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Today in World War II History—March 31, 1941

Bomb bay of an Avro Lancaster of No.57 Squadron RAF at Scampton, Lincolnshire, loaded with a 4000-lb impact-fused HC bomb (‘cookie’) and 12 Small Bomb Containers (SBCs) loaded with incendiaries, WWII (Imperial War Museum: CH 18371)

Bomb bay of an Avro Lancaster of No.57 Squadron RAF at Scampton, Lincolnshire, loaded with a 4000-lb impact-fused HC bomb (‘cookie’) and 12 Small Bomb Containers (SBCs) loaded with incendiaries, WWII (Imperial War Museum: CH 18371)

80 Years Ago—Mar. 31, 1941: RAF first uses 4000-lb “Cookie” bomb in raid on Emden, Germany.

In North Africa, German troops under Gen. Erwin Rommel attack British and take Mersa Brega, Libya.