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27 Feb 1941
  • During the night, 30 British Wellington bombers from Wyton in Cambridgeshire, Marham in Norfolk, and Stradishall in Suffolk attacked battleship Tirpitz. The 26 aircraft that arrived attacked and reported success, though the actual results were questionable. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Norwegian tanker Sandefjord, captured by German cruiser Admiral Scheer in the Atlantic Ocean on 18 Jan 1941, arrived in France with the cargo of 11,000 tons of crude oil. She was to be renamed Monsun and pressed into German service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Before dawn, Italian torpedo boats Lupo and Lince landed 240 troops on the Greek island of Kastelorizo near Turkey, then bombarded British positions after daybreak, killing 3 and wounding 7. The action was commenced to counter the British Operation Abstention. British destroyers HMS Decoy and HMS Hereward, instead of counterattacking the Italian torpedo boats, departed for Egypt. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • New Zealand cruiser HMNZS Leander sank Italian armed merchant cruiser Ramb I 200 miles west of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean; 113 survivors were picked up by HMNZS Leander and taken to Addu Atoll, Maldives. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Remillo hit a mine and sank in the Humber Estuary, England, United Kingdom, killing 17. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Bianchi British ship Baltistan west of Ireland; 51 were killed, 18 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-47 sank British ship Holmelea west of Ireland overnight; 27 were killed, 11 survived. ww2dbase [U-47 | CPC]
  • German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau refueld from tankers Ermland and Friedrich Breme 1,000 miles west of the Azores. They also transferred 180 prisoners taken from Allied ships sunk on 22 Feb. ww2dbase [Scharnhorst | CPC]
  • The former US Ambassador to France made a public announcement in which he accused the United States of not doing nearly enough or working fast enough in the present international crisis. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German submarine U-48 landed master Thomas Llewellyn Bradford and chief officer Alfred Hodder of British steam merchant ship Nailsea Lass, sunk by the submarine three days prior, at Saint-Nazaire, France. The two were later taken to the German prisoner of war camp Marlag und Milag Nord. ww2dbase [Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire | HM]
Germany Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Koki Yamamoto was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United States
  • The Bell XFL Airabonita prototype was returned to the US Navy at Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington DC for further testing. ww2dbase [XFL Airabonita | CPC]

27 Feb 1941 Interactive Map

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