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27 Jun 1940
  • The escaping French battleship Jean Bart, which had been fitting out at Saint-Nazaire when France fell, reached safety at Casablanca, French Morocco. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Destroyer USS O'Brien arrived at Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-47 shelled Norwegian merchant ship Lenda off southwest Ireland at 0400 hours; 1 was killed and 27 survived. At 1700 hours, U-47 shelled Dutch tanker Leticia in the same area; 25 of the crew took to lifeboats, while the other 3 who dove into the water were rescued by U-47 and brought to the lifeboats; the crew of U-47 offered the survivors first aid material, sausages, and wine before leaving. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German forces reached the Franco-Spanish border. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Romania ceded Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Roosevelt declared a national emergency and re-invoked the Espionage Act of 1917 to control shipping in American waters and in waters near the Panama Canal Zone. On the same day, he also established the National Defense Research Committee under chairman Vannevar Bush to coordinate the development of war related sciences and technologies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heavy cruiser USS Wichita, with Commander Cruiser Division Seven Rear Admiral Andrew C. Pickens aboard, departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The destroyer HMS Versatile (D 32) (Commander J.H. Jauncey, RN (retired)) picked up 13 survivors from the British special service vessel HMS Cape Howe about 150 nautical miles off Ushant, France. The Q-ship, disguised as the Prunella, had been torpedoed and sunk on 21 Jun 1940 by German submarine U-28. ww2dbase [HM]
Mediterranean Sea
  • The Italian submarine Console Generale Liuzzi was attacked by the British destroyers HMS Dainty, HMS Ilex, HMS Decoy and HMS Defender together with Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager south of the island of Crete, Greece. The Italian commander Capitano di Corvetta Lorenzo Bezzi ordered the submarine to be scuttled and chose to go down with the ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
United Kingdom
  • Despite Admiral Darlan's previous assurances that French ships would not fall into German hands, the British War Cabinet ordered the Royal Navy to seize or destroy all French warships in British and North African ports. In turn, Vice Admiral Sir James Somerville was ordered to take the newly-formed Force H to Algeria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel for battleship Iowa was laid down at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard in New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Jun 1940
Rear Admiral Clark Woodward driving the first rivet for battleship Iowa at the keel laying ceremony, New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 27 Jun 1940Submarine Gar under construction, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 27 Jun 1940; topside view looking aft

27 Jun 1940 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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