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Today in World War II History—May 6, 1941

"Bob Hope Entertaining Troops Somewhere in England" by Floyd Davis, 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

“Bob Hope Entertaining Troops Somewhere in England” by Floyd Davis, 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—May 6, 1941: Bob Hope performs at March Army Air Field, Riverside, CA, his first USO show for troops.

Experimental flight of Republic XP-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane, Long Island, NY.

Igor Sikorsky flies the first official rotor helicopter flight, of a Vought-Sikorsky in Stratford, CT; flight lasts over one hour.

Poster for Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes, World War II

Poster for Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes, World War II

Igor Sikorsky in the last version of the VS-300, at the end of 1941 (US government photo)

Igor Sikorsky in the last version of the VS-300, at the end of 1941 (US government photo)