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Today in World War II History—September 24, 1942

Gen. Franz Halder, 1938 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1970-052-08)

Gen. Franz Halder, 1938 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1970-052-08)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 24, 1942: Over Stalingrad, Soviet pilot Olga Yamschchikova becomes the first female pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.

Hitler dismisses Gen. Franz Halder, Chief of Army General Staff, for criticizing policy; he is replaced by Gen. Kurt Zeitzler.

In occupied France, Germans intern 1400 US citizens ages 16-65, including 400 women, through September 26.

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