27 Dec 1940
  • German armed merchant cruiser Komet arrived at Nauru and warned the British dock personnel to evacuate without signaling any alarm. Upon the completion of the evacuation, Komet shelled the facilities, destroying much of the port. Nauru's dock would be rebuilt in 10 weeks, but the port never returned to full capacity during the war. ww2dbase [Komet | CPC]
  • Italian submarine Tazzoli sank British ship Ardanbhan 200 miles south of Iceland, killing the entire crew of 37. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German cruiser Admiral Hipper arrived at Brest, France, ending an one-month patrol in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Admiral Hipper | CPC]
  • German submarine U-65 attacked Norwegian ship Risanger with shells and one torpedo 300 miles off Senegal, French West Africa. at 2331 hours. The entire crew of 29 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British ship Waiotira, damaged by German submarine U-95 300 miles south of Iceland in the previous night, was detected by U-38, which sank Waiotira at 0146 hours; 1 was killed and 89 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Zuiho was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Zuiho | CPC]
  • Erich Raedar met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Erich Raeder | Berlin | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 27 Dec 1940
Broadside view of USS Wasp (Wasp-class) at anchor on 27 Dec 1940, probably in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Note F3F fighters and SB2U Vindicator aircraft on the flight deck.

27 Dec 1940 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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