27 Mar 1942
  • USS Hammann departed New Caledonia area as a part of Task Force 17. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy Admiral John Wilcox, Jr. drowned after being swept overboard from USS Washington during a storm at about 1030 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary on this date, regarding the deportation of Jews, "a fairly barbaric process is utilized. Of the Jews themselves, not much remains". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Iro Ilk was awarded the German Cross in Gold. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft and artillery bombarded Chinese positions at Taungoo, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld, having shot down four British bombers during the previous night, was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht bulletin by the headquarters of the German Wehrmacht. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-160 sank Panamanian tanker Equipoise 50 kilometers east of Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States at 0238 hours; 41 were killed, 13 survived. Further out to sea, 380 miles east of Virginia, U-150 sank Norwegian tanker MV Svenør at 1340 hours; 8 were killed, 29 survived. Closer to Europe, U-587 unsuccessfully attacked Allied convoy WS-17 and was sank by escorting destroyers; all 42 aboard the German submarine were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At 2300 hours, in British destroyer HMS Campeltown, with commandos aboard, left her destroyer escorts behind and sailed toward Saint-Nazaire, France with a few small vessels. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dutch aircraft sank Japanese collier Yubari Maru off Koepang, Timor, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The German naval staff requested the Japanese to conduct raids against Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Dutch East Indies France
  • The deportation of French Jews to Auschwitz Concentration Camp began. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British aircraft carriers HMS Argus and HMS Eagle departed Gibraltar with battleship HMS Malaya and other warships in escort to deliver 16 Spitfire fighters to Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Korea
  • USS Gudgeon sank Japanese merchant ship Nissho Maru in the East China Sea 20 miles off southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese transport Kitano Maru struck a Japanese naval mine and sank in Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • With freezers failing after a Japanese aerial attack on the previous day, US and Filipino troops attempted to transport the contents, 24,000 pounds of frozen carabao meat, from Corregidor Island to Bataan Peninsula in the Philippine Islands for immediate consumption. Japanese air attacks would prevent this transport, and the meat would soon spoil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Major General Sir Vernon Kell passed away. Until sacked by Winston Churchill in 1940, Kell had been the head of the British Secret Service (MI5) for thirty years. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Agents of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested members of the Black Dragon Society, a right wing para-military Japanese group, in the San Joaquin Valley region in California, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Survivors of Norwegian motor taker Charles Racine, sunk by Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi on 10 Mar 1942 and had initially been taken to Puerto Rico, arrived in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [HM]
Photo(s) dated 27 Mar 1942
Portrait of Stephen Halden Beattie, 27 Mar 1927

27 Mar 1942 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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