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28 May 1935
  • The first flight of Willy Messerschmitt's Bf 109 fighter took place. Powered by a 695 horsepower Rolls Royce Kestrel engine, the Bf 109 fighter was the first all-metal stressed-skin monocoque single seat fighter monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable undercarriage to enter service. The Bf 109 fighter proved so successful that over 30,000 would ultimately be built before the end of the war. ww2dbase [Bf 109 | AC]
  • Eva Braun attempted suicide by taking Phanodorm, which was a drug usually prescribed to help with sleeping. ww2dbase [Eva Braun | CPC]

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