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Today in World War II History—May 18, 1942

Republic P-47B Thunderbolt, US 56th Fighter Group (US Army Air Forces photo)

Republic P-47B Thunderbolt, US 56th Fighter Group (US Army Air Forces photo)

80 Years Ago—May 18, 1942: Germans break through to surrounded troops at Demyansk, Russia.

First deliveries of Republic P-47B Thunderbolt fighter planes to the US Army Air Force (doesn’t see combat until April 1943).

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