27 Oct 1943
  • After suffering severe injuries in a car crash, Feldmarschall von Kluge was invalided home. ww2dbase [G√ľnther von Kluge | TH]
  • Johnston was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Johnston | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank two Japanese transports east of the Philippine Islands in two separate attacks, hitting them with 3 of 10 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • From Rabaul in New Britain, Jinichi Kusaka reported to his superiors at the Combined Fleet headquarters at Truk, Caroline Islands that only 10 D3Y dive bombers, 70 A6M fighters, and 36 G3M bombers were left at Rabaul. He requested four divisions of fighters and three divisions of dive bombers to be sent to reinforce the base. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Italy
  • Bernard Montgomery restarted the British offensive on the eastern shore of Italy. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | TH, CPC]
  • Italian Navy formed the "NP" battalion under Commander Junio Valerio Borghese for saboteur work. ww2dbase [Junio Valerio Borghese | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired six torpedoes at a Japanese convoy in the East China Sea, sharing credit for one transport sinking. ww2dbase [Grayback | East China Sea | CPC]
Puerto Rico
  • 4th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of 13th Composite Wing of 72nd Observation Group of US Army Air Forces was assigned to Borinquen Field in Puerto Rico. ww2dbase [Borinquen Field | Aguadilla | CPC]
United States
  • Sterlet was launched at Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, United States, sponsored by the wife of Charles A. Plumley. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Kittery, Maine | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Oct 1943
Johnston off Seattle or Tacoma, Washington, United States, 27 Oct 1943Commissioning ceremony of Johnston, Seattle, Washington, United States, 27 Oct 1943, photo 1 of 2; note Lieutenant Commander Evans speaking at left centerCommissioning ceremony of Johnston, Seattle, Washington, United States, 27 Oct 1943, photo 2 of 2; Lieutenant Commander Evans in foregroundPiranha

27 Oct 1943 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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