Today in World War II History—October 14, 1939 & 1944
80 Years Ago—October 14, 1939: In a daring raid to Britain’s naval base at Scapa Flow, German U-boat U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak; 833 killed.
75 Years Ago—Oct. 14, 1944: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, a suspect in the July 20 Hitler assassination plot, commits suicide to protect his family.
Greek Resistance and British troops secure Athens, Greece.
Ann Baumgartner becomes the first Wasp to fly an experimental jet aircraft.