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27 Jul 1943
  • I-168 sent a regular situation report while in the Isabel Strait; this would be the last message from the submarine. At 1754 hours, at dusk, she observed an enemy submarine in the Steffen Strait between New Ireland and New Hanover. She fired a torpedo at what turned out to be USS Scamp, which crash dove and evaded the attack. At 1812, USS Scamp returned fire with a spread of four torpedoes at periscope depth, hitting her with the loss of all hands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Heavy fighting in Sicily, Italy led to Feldmarschall Kesselring's decision to plan a possible evacuation of his forces to the mainland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In Italy, Mussolini was moved from Rome to Ponza Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler held a conference with Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Erwin Rommel, and Karl Dönitz. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS Permit arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her ninth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • After nightfall, a repeated bombing of Hamburg, Germany by 787 RAF aircraft created a fire storm in which an estimated 42,000 people perished, most of them by carbon monoxide poisoning when all the air was drawn out of their basement shelters. The fire storm, in which the heat and humidity of the summer night was a contributory factor, raged for three hours until there was nothing left to burn. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Hawaii
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Marine Fighting Squadron 223 (VMF-223) on board. Part of Marine Fighting Squadron 222 (VMF-222) departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Russia
  • German submarine U-255 sank Soviet survey ship Akademik Shokalski off Novaya Zemlya archipelago in northern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Ray was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander B. J. Harral in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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

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