Today in World War II History

31st Fighter Group at Thelepte Airfield, 1943
70 Years Ago—Feb. 17, 1943: In Tunisia, US evacuates Fériana & Thélepte Airfields; Germans occupy the airfields and the towns of Sbeïtla and Kasserine. Baseball player Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees enlists in the US Army. Aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) is commissioned at Quincy, MA.