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Today in World War II History—November 6, 1940 & 1945

Ryan FR-1 Fireball fighters during carrier qualifications aboard aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4), May 1945 (US Navy Photo: USN 1053774)

Ryan FR-1 Fireball fighters during carrier qualifications aboard aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4), May 1945 (US Navy Photo: USN 1053774)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 6, 1940: Gandhi urges nonviolent resistance to British in India—and to Nazis in Britain: “Let them take your beautiful island.”

75 Years Ago—Nov. 6, 1945: Soviet Foreign Commissar Molotov announces USSR will soon have the atomic bomb.

First carrier landing by a jet aircraft (FR-1 Fireball), on USS Wake Island off San Diego; although the Fireball had both piston & jet engines, pilot Ensign Jake West’s piston engines failed, and he landed purely on jet power.