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27th February 1942

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Events On This Day

Extensive night attack by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers on Kiel and Wilhelmshaven.

Russian Front, Moscow announced that Red Army had begun liberation of the Kursk province. Heavy fighting continued around Staraya Russa.

Far East, Japanese supply lines on the Burma front heavily attacked by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and American Volunteer Group (AVG). General MacArthur's forces made gains of from one to five miles along the entire, Batan front. Japanese heavy cruiser Mogami and three destroyers put out of action off Java.

Fifth Air Force. Battle of Java Sea. Allied air and naval units try to stop convoy of some 80 ships approaching Java from Northeast. All available B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, A-24 Banshee dive bombers, P-40 fighters and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are put into the air but achieve only insignificant results. An Allied naval force, 5 cruisers and 11 destroyers, under Admiral Doorman, Royal Netherlands Navy, meets the enemy near Surabaya and is decisively defeated, losing 5 ships. Most of Fifth Air Force ground echelon in Java is evacuated by sea. The Sea Witch delivers 27 crated P-40 fighters to Tjilatjap, Java, but these will be destroyed to prevent their falling into Japanese hands. 32 P-40 fighters aboard the USS Langley, which sailed from Australia for India on 23 February 1942, are lost when the Langley is sunk by aircraft 100 miles south of Tjilatjap. The pilots are rescued by other vessels in the convoy, but the enemy sinks these ships with the exception of a destroyer, which delivers 2 of the pilots to Perth.

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Würzburg Radar Array At Bruneval Picture 1

RAF photo reconnaissance picture of the Würzburg radar array at Bruneval, France, taken by Squadron Leader A.E. Hill on 5 December 1941. Photos like this enabled a raiding force to locate, and make off with, the radar's vital components in February 1942 for analysis in Britain.

Würzburg Radar Array At Bruneval Picture 2

Another RAF photo but this time of a different angle.

Würzburg Radar Array At Bruneval Picture 3

Troops of the covering force and paratroopers practise their withdrawal to the landing craft during training in Britain

Würzburg Radar Array At Bruneval Picture 4

Another picture of ongoing training at Osmington beach in preparation for the raid.

Scientist Donald Priest Picture 5

Scientist Donald Priest with a part of the German radar system after the successful raid on Würzburg radar array at Bruneval.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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