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Diary January 8, 1944

first Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star prototype
The first Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star prototype, the XP-80, in the time of the test flights in the Californian desert.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 8, 1944:

Air War

USA:: First flight of Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star jet fighter from Muroc Dry Lake. 5,000 ordered, but none operational before VJ-Day.
Britain: ACM Sir Sholto Douglas appointed C-in-C Coastal Command.

Eastern Front

Southern Sector: KIROVOGRAD CAPTURED BY RUSSIANS.

Occupied Territories

Italy: Ciano, Marshal de Bono and other anti-Mussolini ‘conspirators’ tried at Verona (executed January 11).

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