Today in WW II: 15 Aug 1940 Peak day for Luftwaffe sorties against England, including bombing in the North of Britain. More 
15 Aug 1942 Operation Pedestal, a last ditch attempt to re-supply Malta and avoid surrender to a German blockade, succeeds as tanker SS Ohio and other convoy ships reach Grand Harbour port.
15 Aug 1943 In the Aleutians, US troops land on Kiska Island to retake it from the Japanese ([5-24 Aug].
15 Aug 1944 Operation Dragoon [aka Anvil] invasion of Southern France.
15 Aug 1945 Japanese surrender, remembered as VJ Day (Victory over Japan) in the U.K. [14 August east of the date line, 15 August in Japan].
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Crane, Truck Mounted, 4-Ton Aircraft Maintenance Grove Model RT41AA (SCAMP)

The Grove Model RT41AA is a hydraulic, rough terrain self-propelled crane identified by NSN 3810-01-144-4885. The RT41AA is powered by a WHite D3400 6 cyl engine with 339 cid. Its two-section main boom extends from 19 to 33 feet (5.8 to 10.1 meters). Its main hoist is a Braden PD12A with 10,542 lbs of pull, maximum. The crane is fully militarized with 24v electrical system, mil-std light package, four point lifting eyes, tie-down and towing lugs, and pintle hooks (front and rear). It is air-transportble by C-130, C-141 and C-5A or air-liftable bby medium lift helicopters.

The Grove Model RT41AA 4-Ton Aircraft Maintenance Crane is also known as the SCAMP (Self-propelled Crane for Aircraft Maintenance and Positioning). About 175 were procured by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command.

109th Aerial Port Squadron loading a 4-ton SCAMP crane into the cargo bay of a USAF 105th Airlift Wing C-5 Galaxy, on the ramp at Albany, NY airport, 5 September 2005.  The crane is on its way to the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina relief operations
109th Aerial Port Squadron loading a 4-ton SCAMP crane into the cargo bay of a USAF 105th Airlift Wing C-5 Galaxy, on the ramp at Albany, NY airport, 5 September 2005. The crane is on its way to the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina relief operations.

Crane, Truck Mounted, 4-Ton Aircraft Maintenance Grove Model RT41AA (SCAMP).    Photo:  Manitowoc Crane Group
Crane, Truck Mounted, 4-Ton Aircraft Maintenance Grove Model RT41AA (SCAMP). Photo: Manitowoc Crane Group.

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