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27 Apr 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Overseas civilian travel was banned by the British government. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British Sergeant Norman Jackson's Lancaster bomber was attacked by a German nightfighter after a bombing run over Schweinfurt, Germany. As he observed that the starboard wing was on fire, he climbed outside with a parachute and a fire extinguisher. Holding on with one hand, he attempted to put out the fire while the aircraft traveled at 200 miles per hour at the altitude of 20,000 feet. He was eventually thrown off the aircraft as the German nightfighter returned for a second attack. He would survive the fall and would become captured. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki rescued survivors of sunken light cruiser Yubari. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • Remy Van Lierde was assigned to No. 3 Squadron RAF, flying Tempest Mk. V fighters. ww2dbase [Remy Van Lierde | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese cargo ship Akigawa Maru west of Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • Gloire began a period of refitting at Algiers, Algeria. ww2dbase [Gloire | Algiers | CPC]
India Italy
  • Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Japan Russia
  • Semyon Timoshenko was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the third time. ww2dbase [Semyon Timoshenko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Canadian and New Zealand prime ministers arrived in London, England, United Kingdom for the Imperial Conference. ww2dbase [London, England | TH]
  • American forces conducted a practice amphibious assault at Slapton, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. Live artillery fire was used to simulate German defenses; in an episode of friendly fire, an estimated 400 Americans were killed as the shells came down amongst the men of the second wave. ww2dbase [Exercise Tiger | Slapton, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Apr 1944
US Navy African-American mechanic Alvin V. Morrison working on PBY Catalina aircraft at Naval Air Station Seattle, Washington, United States, 27 Apr 1944Sherman Crab flail tank under test with the UK 79th (Experimental) Armored Division Royal Engineers, 27 Apr 1944Canadian 1st Special Service Force troops relaxing near Anzio, Italy, 20-27 Apr 1944USS Miami underway, 27 Apr 1944
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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