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This Day in History: 1943-08-17

The First Quebec Conference (codenamed “QUADRANT”) was a highly secret military conference held between the British, Canadian and United States governments (held through August 24th). The chief representatives were Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt and hosted by the Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King.  The discussion centered on options for the invasion of France.  498 British bombers attack Peenemunde, Germany,  (the development base for the V weapons).  General George S. Patton enters Messina, completing the capture of Sicily by the Allies.  The U.S. 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17 bombers during an attack on Schweinfurt and Regensburg, Germany.

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