27 Nov 1944
  • USS Franklin arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A mistake by an armourer at an underground bomb dump at Hanbury, near Burton-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom triggered a massive explosion as 4,000 tons of bombs went off at once. The blast instantly gouged a 12 acre hole in the ground and the tremors were picked up by seismolograph in Geneva, Switzerland and Casablanca, French Morocco. Forty people were killed in the blast, by falling debris or by suffocation trapped underground. The blast caused a nearby reservoir to collapse and six million gallons of rubble-filled water poured down into the bomb dump, killing 27 men working in the offices on the surface. The blast represented only 10 percent of the explosives in the dump. If the lot had gone off, it would have cause a bigger explosion than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Today there is still a crater a quarter-mile wide and 100 feet deep at the site which is sealed off because of the unexploded bombs still lying beneath the surface. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The German prison ship, Rigel, carrying 2,248 Soviet prisoners of war, was sunk in error by British carrier-borne aircraft off the coast of Norway. Only 415 survived. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The US submarine chaser SC-744 was sunk by a Japanese special attack aircraft in Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Intelligence officer Captain Fritz Ringwald of USAAF 415th Night Fighter Squadron reported that the Beaufighter flown by Don Meiers and Ed Schleuter was chased by unidentified "foo fighters", which was a term coined by Meiers. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Richard O'Connor stepped down as the commanding officer of VIII Corps and was made the commanding officer of Eastern Command in India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Belgium
  • A V-2 rocket impacted on Teniers Square, Antwerp, Belgium, as an Allied military convoy was passing through. The explosion killed 157 persons, including 29 Allied soldiers. ww2dbase [AC]
Hungary
  • Soviet forces pierced the German-Hungarian defense and captured Mohács, Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington DC, United States for Warm Springs, Georgia, United States by train. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Nov 1944
Crewmen of Saint Louis fighting fires in the hangar, after the ship was struck by a special attack airccraft off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 27 Nov 1944; note wrecked SOC aircraft in backgroundThe smoldering remains of a V-2 rocket attack, Teniers Square, Antwerp, Belgium, 27 Nov 1944TBM-1C Avengers, F6F Hellcats, and SB2C Helldivers of Navy Carrier Air Group 18 from USS Intrepid at Peleliu, Nov 27, 1944.Eight WASP pilots in front of a North American AT-6 Texan 3 days before the WASPs were disbanded, Waco Army Airfield, Texas, United States, Nov 27, 1944. Photo 1 of 2.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944