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27th January 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes fighter bombers bombed shipyards at Copenhagen. Also a short but heavy night raid carried out on Duesseldorf.

Russian Front. Advancing from Tuapse, Soviet troops captured Apsheron on way to Maikop.

In Australasia. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) aircraft bombed Kolombangara, New Georgia.

It was announced that .Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Churchill had been in conference at Casablanca since 14 January 1943 General Charles de Gaulle and General Henri Giraud were also present.

Eighth Air Force. 53 heavy bombers make first Eighth Air Force attack on Germany, bombing naval base, U-boat construction works, power plant, and docks at Wilhelmshaven. 2 other heavy bombers bomb submarine base at Emden.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shipping off North coast of Algeria, attacking 2 destroyers and leaving 1 on fire. B-26 Marauder medium bombers on shipping strike fail to attack sighted vessels because of weather. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack town of Al Mazzunah. Fighters escort bombers and fly reconnaissance and local patrols.

Ninth Air Force. During 26-27 January 1943, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Naples and Messina. In afternoon, other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Palermo, after weather causes diversion from primary target at Naples. British Eighth Army's 7th Armoured Division meets stiffening resistance near Zuwarah.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit huts and antiaircraft positions at Garrison Hill while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound supply storage and runway at Malahang. Individual B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Finschhafen town, runway on tip of Huon Peninsula, and Gasmata airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. General Twining and a crew of 14 are down at sea between Guadalcanal and Espiritu Santo. The entire group is rescued 6 days later. General Twining's rubber raft had no radio, an item which Commanding General of United States Army Forces in the South Pacific (COMGENSOPAC), General Millard Harmon, had been requesting for some time. This incident results in the rapid appearance of dinghy radio sets in the area. 6 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 8 P-39 fighters attack airfields at Munda.

Eleventh Air Force. Negative weather reconnaissance sortie over Kiska. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters fly protective patrol over Amchitka. Upon their departure, 3 Japanese aircraft appear and unsuccessfully bomb shipping but cause 3 casualties.

M462 Minesweeper
Launched 27 January 1943

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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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