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Today in World War II History—Nov. 11, 1943

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, 1943-45 (US Navy photo)

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, 1943-45 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1943: US Navy carrier aircraft & land-based aircraft, plus bombers of the US Fifth & Thirteenth Air Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force (total of over 300 aircraft), make major raid on Japanese base at Rabaul, destroying 55 aircraft.

On Rabaul raid, US Navy Curtiss SB2C Helldiver makes its combat debut.

US Eighth Air Force activates “Carpetbagger” squadrons to deliver supplies to resistance members in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Japanese freighter exploding after being hit by a bomb, Rabaul (public domain via WW2 Database)

Japanese freighter exploding after being hit by a bomb, Rabaul (public domain via WW2 Database)

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