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27 Dec 1943
  • USS Flying Fish pursued a Japanese tanker west of Luzon, Philippine Islands for about 10 hours, finally sinking her after scoring a total of 6 torpedo hits; a total of 10 torpedoes were expended. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Manteuffel was made the commanding officer of the elite Panzer Grenadier Großdeutschland division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • John Basilone departed for Camp Pendleton, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • As of this date, the Ledo Road was 103 miles long from Ledo, India into the Patka Mountains in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander under General Dwight Eisenhower. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • General Sir Bernard Paget became Commander-in-Chief Middle East under General Sir H. Maitland Wilson. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 64 F4U and F6F fighters conducted a fighter sweeper over Rabaul, New Britain. 50 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans lost 1 F4U fighter while claiming 4 Japanese shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 15 Japanese bombers, escorted by 78 fighters, were launched from Rabaul, New Britain to attack US positions in the Cape Gloucester area, also on New Britain. 7 fighters were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Japan Russia
  • Soviet leadership declared the Kalmyk people guilty of collaboration with the German occupation. The Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was abolished as a constituent semi-autonomous country inside Russia, and the entire population was to be deported to various locations in the Siberian regions of Russia. ww2dbase [CPC]

27 Dec 1943 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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