27 Mar 1945
  • Argentina declared war on the Axis alliance. The interned sailors of the Admiral Graf Spee (since Dec 1939) were now considered prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Before dawn, USS Rock fired six torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer escort; she claimed the target was sunk with one hit, but the sinking was not confirmed. In the late evening, USS Rock fired a torpedo at another Japanese destroyer; the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Red Army fought fight their way into Danzig in the face of heavy resistance. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • A German counter attack from Frankfurt, Germany towards Küstrin barely got out of the city. Meanwhile, US Third Army captured Aschaffenburg, Germany, 40 kilometers to the southeast. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • American B-29 aircraft mined Kanmon Straits near Shimonoseki, Japan. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Dwight Eisenhower wrote Joseph Stalin a letter in an effort to coordinate the movement of Anglo-American and Soviet front lines as the two fronts neared each other in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The US 5th Marine Division departed from Iwo Jima, Japan (its only combat operation), bound for US Territory of Hawaii for resting. ww2dbase [AC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ancon departed the Mariana Islands for the invasion of Okinawa with Transport Squadron 15. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Caiman detected a Japanese cargo ship in the southern South China Sea and fired 4 torpedoes; they failed to hit the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Ilford, London, England, United Kingdom. It was to be the last rocket to strike this suburban district of London. To date, 117 Ilford residents were killed by rockets, while 349 were seriously injured. A second V-2 rocket hit Hughes Mansions, Stepney, London, killing 134 and injuring 49. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • USS Manta departed New London, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Mar 1945
Men of the US 77th Division landing from LVTs onto Zanami Island of the Kerama Islands near Okinawa, Japan, 27 Mar 1945USS Langley underway in the Pacific Ocean, 27 Mar 1945Soldiers of the US 7th Army pause at the Siegfried Line on the road to Karlsruhe, Germany, 27 Mar 1945USS Hornet off Okinawa, Japan, 27 Mar 1945; note various aircraft on the flight deck

27 Mar 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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