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Italy Surrenders

Italy Surrenders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Italy Surrenders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Attention was next turned to Sicily. It was pounded day and night with bombs, and on July 10, it was invaded from the air by gliders and paratroopers. This was the first large-scale airborne operation undertaken by the Allies in World War II.

Assault forces were then landed on the beaches under air cover and during the next two months, German and Italian troops gradually withdrew from the island. The Allies achieved complete air superiority over Sicily and began expanding air operations over Italy. On July 19, the AAF bombed Rome for the first time. The Italian people, who had become disenchanted with the war, lost their will to resist and on Sept. 3, 1943, withdrew from the conflict. German forces, however, still had to be driven from Italy.

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Mask Policy:
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.

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