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27 Apr 1942
  • USS Yorktown departed for Coral Sea. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
  • USS Hammann departed Tongatapu, Tonga as a part of Task Force 17. ww2dbase [Hammann | CPC]
  • While off Attu, US Territory of Alaska in the Aleutian Islands, USS S-35's cook was diagnosed with mumps, forcing the submarine to return to base. ww2dbase [S-35 | Attu | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft attacked the airfield near Darwin, Australia; 3 Japanese bombers and 4 escorting fighters were shot down by the US fighters assigned to the airfield, while the Americans lost 4 P-40 fighters. ww2dbase [Darwin, Northern Territory | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 9 Japanese Type 1 bombers and 11 Zero fighters attacked Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua, destroying 3 A-24 and 1 B-26 aircraft. ww2dbase [Port Moresby | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories China
  • A major mining disaster in Manchukuo in Japanese-occupied northeastern China resulted in the death of 1,527 miners. ww2dbase [CPC]
France Germany
  • RAF conducted a 100-bomber raid on Rostock, Germany; it was the fourth consecutive nightly raid on Rostock. Over Köln (Cologne), 97 British bombers (76 Wellington, 19 Stirling, 2 Halifax) dropped bombs and damaged 1,520 homes and killed 11; 7 bombers were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH, CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Japanese Naval General Staff reviewed the preliminary proposal a underwater aircraft carrier. ww2dbase [I-400-class | CPC]
  • Tanikaze arrived at Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan for repairs. ww2dbase [Tanikaze | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Emidji, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Emidji | CPC]
  • 31 British Halifax and 12 Lancaster bombers attacked German battleship Tirpitz and other ships at Trondheimsfjord near Trondheim in Norway to little effect. 5 bombers were lost during this attack. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-44 suffered a failure with her port engine. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
Poland Portuguese Timor
  • Troops of the Australian Sparrow Force on Portuguese Timor, now waging a guerrilla war against the Japanese, received supplies by Australian aircraft. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | CPC]
  • Allied convoy QP-11, consisted of 13 merchant ships, departed northern Russia. ww2dbase [Guy Gabaldon | CPC]
  • At Murmansk, Russia, HMS Edinburgh embarked wounded merchant mariners, British Army personnel (who had trained Soviet counterparts), British Royal Air Force personnel (who also trained their Soviet counterparts), and Czechoslovakians and Polish nationals who had fled German occupation. ww2dbase [Edinburgh | Murmansk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Germans retaliated the 28 Mar 1942 RAF raid that destroyed the historic district of LĂĽbeck, Germany by beginning a campaign that was later nicknamed "the Baedeker raids". Norwich was the first target. The pathfinder bombers of 1/KG100 dropped shoals of incendiary bombs making a clear target for the aircraft of KG2 and KG106 to drop mixed loads onto the city. The narrow streets were utterly demolished by the 550-kilogram bombs and fires soon became out of control as the mains water system became damaged. By the end of this raid 63 people had lost the lives and many were in hospitals and emergency aid depots. At 0045 hours on the following date, the last of the raiders turned homeward, all returned safely, leaving the entre of the old town a burning ruin. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Norwich, England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 27 Apr 1942
French Marshal PĂ©tain and US Ambassador Leahy, Vichy, France, 27 Apr 1942

27 Apr 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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