27 Sep 1942
  • Japanese troops landed on Kuria, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German auxiliary cruiser Stier sank American liberty ship Stephen Hopkins in the Caribbean Sea at about 1000 hours, but sustained damage in the engagement. Later on the same day, dead in the water, Stier's crew scuttled the ship just before noon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell received orders to plan for an offensive into northern Burma to open the Ledo Road and Burma Road. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, in charge of twenty-four Higgins boats, was killed during a mission to rescue nearly five hundred US Marines beleaguered by Japanese forces at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. By placing his own boat as a shield to protect the evacuating Marines he undoubtedly saved many lives. For his devotion to duty he would later be granted a posthumous Medal of Honor by President Franklin Roosevelt. ww2dbase [AC]
Hawaii
  • USS Whale arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Russia
  • Lydia Litvyak shot down a German Ju 88A-4 bomber and shared the credit for downing the Bf 109G-2 fighter piloted by Horst Loose over Stalingrad, Russia while flying a Yak-1 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe unit III./KG 4 (flying He 111 bombers) flew its last bombing sortie over Stalingrad, Russia. The unit would soon be transported out of its base in Morozovsk, Russia for Germany to undergo glider towing training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • The Taichu Prisoners of War Camp near Taichu (now Taichung), Taiwan was opened. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Sep 1942
View of the control car of US Navy blimp K-11, Airship Patrol Squadron ZP-11, attempting to land during a storm at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States, Sep 27, 1942. Note Hangar One under construction.Sailors assist in grounding US Navy blimp K-11, Airship Patrol Squadron ZP-11, during a storm at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States, Sep 27, 1942.Nose of US Navy blimp K-11, Airship Patrol Squadron ZP-11, being secured to a mooring mast during a storm at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States, Sep 27, 1942.

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

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