|Prime Minister Sees Flying Fortresses, June 6, 1941
This photograph taken in the summer of 1941, shows Churchill's recognizable figure as he watches the arrival of the first B-17 "Flying Fortress." Even though the U.S. was desperately trying to build up its military forces throughout 1941, Roosevelt decided to give the British models of the United States' most advanced weapons. Military aid to Britain was greatly facilitated by the Lend-Lease Act of March 11, 1941, in which Congress authorized the sale, lease, transfer, or exchange of arms and supplies to "any country whose defense the president deems vital to the defense of the United States."
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World War II