27 Jan 1943
  • The USAAF struck Germany proper for the first time as B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Emden and Wilhelmshaven. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • The headquarters of the US 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing was established at Efate, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [CPC]
China Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale sank Japanese ship Shoan Maru between Truk, Caroline Islands and Japan after a long chase, hitting her with 2 of 8 torpedoes fired (only 1 of which detonated). ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese convoy consisted of eight ships; as she was out of torpedoes, she attempted to attack with her deck guns, but she was chased away by a Japanese destroyer escort. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-52 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Firewatcher Harry Dobkin was hanged at Wandsworth Prison in London, England, United Kingdom after being found guilty of the murder, by strangulation, of his wife, Rachel. Evidence at his trial was one of the earliest in which identification of the body, which he had concealed under a slab in a bombed Baptist church, had been made possible by forensic photography and dental records. ww2dbase [London, England | AC]
United States
  • The Camillus Cutlery Company of Camillus, New York, United States shipped the first production examples of the 1219C2 fighting knife design to the US military. ww2dbase [Mark 2 'KA-BAR' | Camillus, New York | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Golet was laid down by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States. ww2dbase [Golet | Manitowoc, Wisconsin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Jan 1943
US President Franklin Roosevelt and Liberian President Edwin Barclay, 27 Jan 1943Men working in the control room aboard USS Wahoo, 27 Jan 1943 while at 300 feet during a depth charge attack by a Japanese destroyer. They had taken 6 depth charges and were awaiting more.

27 Jan 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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