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27 Dec 1944
  • US submarines reported the sinking of 27 enemy vessels throughout the Pacific and Far Eastern waters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Makin Island departed Manus, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Makin Island | DS]
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Manus Island, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Luce departed Huon Gulf, Australian New Guinea. ww2dbase [Luce | Huon Gulf | CPC]
  • US troops began pushing German troops back in the Ardennes region, thus ending the German offensive. ww2dbase [Battle of the Bulge | TH]
  • 17 P-51 fighters of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming 10 Japanese fighters destroyed; 2 P-51 fighters were shot down. ww2dbase [Tianhe Airfield | Guangzhou, Guangdong | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • Axis troops captured Pian di Coreglia, Italy and would penetrate the Allied lines by 25 kilometers by the afternoon. The presence of fresh Indian troops, however, stopped the Axis momentum. ww2dbase [Battle of Garfagnana | Pian di Coreglia, Toscana | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Caiman detected a small Japanese armed ship in the South China Sea and fired 3 torpedoes; they failed to hit the target. ww2dbase [Caiman | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Barbero was damaged by a Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Barbero | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Dec 1944
A volley of rifle fire memorialized Americans fallen during the attack on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 27 Dec 1944WAVES Yeoman 1st Class Josephine Adams boarding the transport that would take her to Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, her duty station, Dec 1944B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force flying from the Foggia Airfield complex in Italy bombing the railroad yards in Salzburg, Austria, late 1944. The smoke is from smudge pots lit to obscure the target.Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and members of his staff stop on a Belgian road for a break, 27 Dec 1944. Note picnic set in trunk (boot) and the shadow of photographer Sgt John Morris.

27 Dec 1944 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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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945