Events occurring on Friday, December 20, 1940  
  The Royal Air Force  
  Two Spitfires of No. 66 Squadron carry out the first Rhubarb low-level fighter operations during an attack on Le Touquet, France. Rhubarb was the code name operations when sections of fighters or fighter-bombers took advantage of low cloud and poor visibility and would cross the English Channel and then drop below cloud level to search for opportunity targets such as railway locomotives and rolling stock, aircraft on the ground, enemy troops and vehicles on roads.  
  The Lend Lease Program  
  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt named a four man defense board to be headed by industrialist William S. Knudsen to prepare defense measures and expedite aid to Great Britain.  
  December 1940 Calendar  
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