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The World War II Photo of the Week
for 5 July 2004

Stun the Hun! ...

   Two 386th Bomb Group B-26s pass over Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, heading back to base after completing their D-Day mission. Each Marauder carried forty-four 100-pound bombs that were meant to tear up beach defenses and barbed wire, explode land mines, create instant fox-holes for incoming troops, and to stun the German defenders. They made their runs five minutes before the first 4th Infantry Division troops landed at 6:30 a.m. The beach is littered with landing craft and bomb craters.

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