27 Feb 1945
  • USS Hoe fired 2 torpedoes at periscope depth at a Japanese freighter; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Friedrich Hffmeier was made the military governor of the Channel Islands, succeeding Rudolf von Schmettow. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Admiral Louis Mountbatten, on the advice of Colonel Colin Mackenzie (Head of Force 136) and Colonel John G. Coughlin (Head of OSS at SEAC) overruled General Oliver Leese's announcement that the Burmese Anti-Fascist Organisation (which included Communists) would not be armed or employed, since it was felt, at SEAC, that the Allied armies would need all the help they could get from the Burmese Nationalists during the drive on Rangoon. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The 6,501-ton US freighter Nashaba, from Southend, England, United Kingdom bound for Ghent, Belgium, was separated from convoy TAM 91 after the convoy ran into a force 8 gale. She struck a mine in the Schelde Estuary and sank. One crewman was killed in the explosion. The convoy was scattered in a force 8 gale that hit the North Sea. ww2dbase [HM]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • Lebanon declared Independence from France and declared war on Germany and Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Baldenburg (now Bialy Br, Poland) and Neustettin (now Szczecinek, Poland) in Pommern, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The rocket-boosted Messerschmitt Me.262C-1a made its maiden flight. Fitted with a Walter HWK rocket motor in the tail this machine, in trials, attained an altitude of 38,400 feet from a standing start in under 4.5 minutes. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Sunfish arrived at Apra, Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon, Commanding General, USAAF Air Forces, Pacific Area, arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, refueled, and took off for Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. The C-87 transport aircraft would never be seen again. An extensive coordinated search by all services ensued for the next 20 days but failed to locate any trace of the missing plane or its passengers. Brigadier General James Roy Andersen was also lost in this accident the aircraft. ww2dbase [HM]
  • King Mihai I of Romania appointed a Communist government. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet Deputy Commissar for Foreign Affairs Andrei Vyshinsky, sent to Bucharest, Romania by Joseph Stalin, forced King Mihai I to appoint Petru Groza as the new prime minister. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the Royal Albert Dock in London, England, United Kingdom in the morning. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt arrived in Newport News, Virginia, United States via USS Quincy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Feb 1945
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27 Feb 1945 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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