Today in WW II: 16 May 1940 US Pres. Roosevelt asks Congress for funding to build 50,000 airplanes per year, a startling undertaking at the time.  More 
16 May 1943 Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron [The Dambusters] destroyed the M√∂hne and Eder dams on the Ruhr, causing catastrophic flooding [Operation Chastise, 16‚~ez_euro~~ez_ldquo~17 May].
16 May 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends with liquidation of the poorly equipped Jewish resistance by German Troop.
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L-2M Taylorcraft Grasshopper

The L-2M (L for Liason) was a military adaptation of Taylorcraft's pre-war commercial Tandem Trainer. It was initially designated the O-57, and also known as the TG-6, tested in 1941 at the Louisiana maneuvers and in Texas. It operated in support roles such as light transport and courier.

Early in World War II, the L-2M was used by U.S. Army Air Corps for spotting enemy troop and supply concentration and directing artillery fire. As a short take off and landing aircraft, the L-2M was very useful and adaptable for many duties.

Taylorcraft L-2M (O-57, TG-6),  U.S. Army Air Force photo, World War II
Taylorcraft L-2M (O-57, TG-6), U.S. Army Air Force photo, World War II.

Taylorcraft L-2M photographed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, August 2005.  This aircraft was donated to the Museum by Staff Sergeant Nelson Corbin of Memphis, TN in May 1964.  Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
Taylorcraft L-2M photographed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, August 2005. This aircraft was donated to the Museum by Staff Sergeant Nelson Corbin of Memphis, TN in May 1964. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.