27 May 1945
  • Operation Kikusui No. 8 was launched off Okinawa, Japan, participated by about 60 Japanese Navy and 50 Japanese Army special attack and escorting aircraft; together with manned torpedoes, these special attacks damaged 5 destroyers and 6 other ships in the area. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • USS Missouri bombarded Japanese positions on Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank 3 small Japanese vessels west of Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico ceased being the flagship of Admiral Raymond Spruance of US Fifth Fleet. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
Germany
  • US 101st Airborne Division Master Sergeant Charles Dickey discovered Heinrich Himmler's emergency cash in Himmler's family barn in Bayern (Bavaria) in southern Germany. It consisted of currencies of 26 nations worth a total of US$4,000,000. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | CPC]
Guam
  • USS Cero arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
Japan
  • I-13 departed Kure, Japan for Chinkai, Korea at 0000 hours, together with I-14. They came under attack in the Straits of Shimonoseki later in the day, but escaped unscathed. They arrived at Moji, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan later on the same day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • I-14 departed Kure, Japan for Chinkai, Korea, at 0000 hours together with I-13. They came under attack in the Straits of Shimonoseki later in the day, but escaped unscathed. They arrived at Moji, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan later on the same day. ww2dbase [I-14 | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Boarfish intercepted a two-masted junk in the Java Sea; the search party sent aboard found nothing suspicious and allowed the ship to leave. ww2dbase [Boarfish | CPC]
  • Corporal Yukio Araki died as a special attack pilot. His Ki-51 aircraft might be one of the two aircraft which crashed into destroyer USS Braine off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Yukio Araki | CPC]
Taiwan
  • US B-25 bombers and fighters based in the Philippine Islands attacked Koshun Airfield, Takao Prefecture, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Koshun Airfield | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 May 1945
African-American members of the US Army 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion parading in honor of Joan dAdmirals William Halsey and Raymond Spruance aboard USS New Mexico, 27 May 1945US soldiers on a path high on the Tyrol Schistose Alps near Innsbruck, Austria, 27 May 1945Sherman tanks of US 6th Marine Division at Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 27 May 1945

27 May 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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