27 Apr 1945
  • USS Sea Cat departed for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Sea Cat | CPC]
  • Italian partisans captured Benito Mussolini. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | CPC]
  • US First Army captured Kempten and Straubing in southern Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The western Allies refused to consider Himmler's attempts at negotiation for peace. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | CPC]
  • Operation Kikusui No. 4 was launched off Okinawa, Japan, participated by about 65 Japanese Navy and 50 Japanese Army special attack and escorting aircraft. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • Japanese Shinyo special attack boats damaged destroyer USS Hutchins and an LCI landing ship at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Shinyo-class | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky began planning for the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation. ww2dbase [Aleksandr Vasilevsky | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland joined Task Force 63 with HMS Queen Elizabeth, French battleship Richelieu, HM Escort Aircraft Carriers Shah and Empress with HM Cruisers Suffolk, Ceylon and Dutch cruiser Tromp escorted by five fleet destroyers for attacks on Nicobar Islands. (Operation Bishop. Note: This was a diversion during assault on Rangoon (Operation Dracula). ww2dbase [Richelieu | Cumberland | Queen Elizabeth | DS]
  • USS Bailey departed Morotai escorting a convoy of transport ships carrying the 26th Australian Infantry Brigade to Tarakan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Bailey | Borneo Campaign | DS]
  • The British East Indies Fleet sailed from Trincomalee, Ceylon to begin a series of strikes prior to the capture of Rangoon, Burma; this force of battleships, cruisers and destroyers would take it in turns to fuel and then screen the carriers hitting airfields, installations and coastal shipping in the Nicobars, the Andamans and along the Burma coast. Meanwhile, on land, Indian 17th Division was attacked by a Japanese suicide offensive north of Pegu; it was repulsed after the Japanese suffered 500 killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | Pegu | AC, CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Cruisers USS Phoenix, HMAS Hobart, and USS Boise with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O'Bannon, USS Fletcher, USS Jenkins, USS Taylor, and HMAS Warramunga arrived off Tarakan Island, Borneo, Dutch East Indies and began operations in preparations for the island’s invasion. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Boise | Phoenix | Borneo Campaign | Tarakan, Borneo | DS]
Germany Italy Pacific Ocean Poland
  • Nikolai Selivanovsky was named the NKVD adviser to the Polish Ministry of Public Safety, replacing Ivan Serov. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Apr 1945
Essex received provisions via highline from USS Mercury (AK-42), off Okinawa, 27 Apr 1945African-American soldiers of the US Army 92nd Infantry Division entering the Galleria Giuseppe Garibaldi, Genoa, Italy, 27 Apr 1945

27 Apr 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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