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27th October 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitos of Bomber Command made daylight attack on shipbuilding yards at Flensburg and surrounding areas.

Russian Front. The battle for Stalingrad grew in violence.

In the Mediterranean. Allied air force heavy bombers raided aerodromes in Crete.

In Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a series of counter attacks against the British line, in the main against the 1st Armoured Division. However these attacks result in a further decrease in the amount of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel own Panzers at the end of the day 61 of the 15. Panzer-Divisions tanks and 56 of the Littorio Divisions have been destroyed or captured by the Allies. The fighting at Tell el Aqqaqir is exceptionally ferocious. The British 7th Armoured Division is separated from the XIII Corps and moved to the northern sector of the battlefront.

In China. Chinese air force bombers and fighters raided Japanese airfield at Yuncheng.

In Australasia. The Japanese ground forces again pierced United States of America front-line troops in area of Guadalcanal, but United States Army and Marines successfully counter-attacked.

Fifty hostages taken and curfew established in Warsaw as reprisal for bomb attacks.

Eighth Air Force. Last 2 squadrons of 14th Fighter Group leave United Kingdom for Twelfth Air Force in North Africa. This completes transfer of VIII Fighter Commands fighting units to XII Fighter Command and leaves VIII Fighter Command with only 1 fighters group (4th) operational.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escorts, bomb Matruh and attack motor transports, tanks, and other ground targets. Enemy reinforcements brought up from the South, counter-attack Kidney Ridge and are repulsed. British Eighth Army continues regrouping for assault.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers of Chine Air Task Force (CATF) bomb airfield at Lashio

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit trails in Southeast Papua around Alola, Isurava, and Abuari. P-39 fighters escort Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hudsons in strike against small craft at Ferguson Island in D'Entrecasteaux group.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying attack on Kiska submarine base turn back due to weather. Weather aeroplane flies reconnaissance over Gareloi, Segula, Kiska, and Attu.

M431 Minesweeper
Commissioned 27 October 1942

R197 R-boat
Launched 27 October 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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