27 Dec 1944
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Manus Island, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Makin Island departed Manus, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • US submarines reported the sinking of 27 enemy vessels throughout the Pacific and Far Eastern waters. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Luce departed Huon Gulf, Australian New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops began pushing German troops back in the Ardennes region, thus ending the German offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • 17 P-51 fighters of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming 10 Japanese fighters destroyed; 2 P-51 fighters were shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fifteenth and final war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Axis troops captured Pian di Coreglia, Italy and would penetrate the Allied lines by 25 kilometers by the afternoon. The presence of fresh Indian troops, however, stopped the Axis momentum. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 132 was sunk by a US destroyer at Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Barbero was damaged by a Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Caiman detected a small Japanese armed ship in the South China Sea and fired 3 torpedoes; they failed to hit the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Dec 1944
A volley of rifle fire memorialized Americans fallen during the attack on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 27 Dec 1944WAVES Yeoman 1st Class Josephine Adams boarding the transport that would take her to Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, her duty station, Dec 1944B-24 Liberators of the 460th Bomb Group flying from the Foggia Airfield complex in Italy bombing the railroad yards in Klagenfurt, Austria, 27 Dec 1944. The smoke is from smudge pots lit to obscure the target

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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