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27 Aug 1944
  • USS Mingo departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro attacked three small Japanese tankers, firing two torpedoes while submerged (both missed) then surfaced to sink Nanshin Maru with the deck gun. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • The last of the Chindits left Burma. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross the of Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Léon Degrelle | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack bombarded the Japanese phosphate plant at Fais Island, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Pollack | Fais | CPC]
China France Germany
  • Princess Mafalda of the House of Savoy, wife of Prince Philipp of the House of Hesse, passed away from wounds suffered from Allied bombing at Buchenwald Concentration Camp near Weimar, Germany, where she was imprisoned. ww2dbase [Buchenwald Concentration Camp | Weimar | CPC]
  • Albert Kesselring noted that the recent Allied attack on the eastern end of the Gothic Line in Italy could be a diversion, thus he decided to hold on to his reserves. ww2dbase [Gothic Line Offensive | CPC]
  • After sundown, Allied aircraft dropped supplies to resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland. Two aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Singapore for a trial run, returning to quay No. 12 later on the same day. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A total of 18 V-1 flying bombs were brought down within an hour by the anti-aircraft batteries at Folkstone and Hythe in Kent, England, United Kingdom. Flight Lieutenant Francis "Togs" Mellersh of 96 Squadron flying out of RAF Ford shot down a V-1 flying bomb as it passed the anti-aircraft guns at Dungeness on the Kent coast; this bomb brought his score to 43 and the squadron's to 176. Flight Lieutenant Gordon Bonham RNZAF of 501 Squadron brought down 4 bombs on his patrol and found he had to land on a farm as his Tempest V fighter had run dry of fuel; the farmer's son watched him land and took him to have lunch at the farm after telephoning for fuel to be brought in; the process of refuelling was slow as 4-gallon drums had to be carried over the field; after taking off, Bonham treated the family to a show of aerobatics. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | England | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 27 Aug 1944
Polish insurgent heavy machine gun crew on a balcony on Aleje Jerozolimskie Street, Warsaw, Poland, 27 Aug 1944US General Dwight Eisenhower, French General Pierre Kœnig, and US Lieutenant General Omar Bradley at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, 27 Aug 1944

27 Aug 1944 Interactive Map

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