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Today in World War II History—Oct. 8, 1940 & 1945

American pilots of No 71 ‘Eagle’ Squadron rush to their Hurricanes at Kirton-in-Lindsey, 17 March 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH 2401)

American pilots of No 71 ‘Eagle’ Squadron rush to their Hurricanes at Kirton-in-Lindsey, 17 March 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH 2401)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 8, 1940: RAF forms Eagle Squadrons for volunteer American fighter pilots.

RAF ace, Czech pilot Jozef Frantizek (28 kills), is killed in a crash in Surrey.

First Indian Air Force pilots arrive in Britain.

In the World Series, the Cincinnati Reds defeat the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 3.

75 Years Ago—Oct. 8, 1945: Former Nazi leader Rudolf Hess (who stole plane May 10, 1941 and flew to Scotland in unauthorized attempt to encourage British to seek peace) is flown from England for the Nuremberg Trials.

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