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Today in World War II History—November 25, 1940 & 1945

Poster for the Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber, WWII

Poster for the Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber, WWII

80 Years Ago—Nov. 25, 1940: Zionist agents place bombs on British liner Patria at Haifa intending to damage the ship and prevent removal of Eastern European Jewish refugees from Palestine to Mauritius—but the ship sinks, killing 213/1771 of the refugees and 50/130 of the crew.

First flights of RAF De Havilland Mosquito bomber and of US Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber.

Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock.”

75 Years Ago—Nov. 25, 1945: In elections in Austria, a coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats receives 90% of the vote.