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Today in World War II History—May 12, 1942

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, 99th Bombardment Group, 1943 (US Army Air Forces photo)

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, 99th Bombardment Group, 1943 (US Army Air Forces photo)

80 Years Ago—May 12, 1942: Soviets open offensive in Ukraine toward Kharkov.

Production begins of B-17F Flying Fortress bombers.

Battleship USS Massachusetts is commissioned, Quincy, MA.

San Francisco Bay Area has a 25-minute air raid alert.

Council on Books in Wartime holds first convention (Read more: “Books in World War II”).

Battleship USS Massachusetts, Battleship Cove, Fall River MA (Photo: Sarah Sundin, July 2014)

Battleship USS Massachusetts, Battleship Cove, Fall River MA (Photo: Sarah Sundin, July 2014)

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