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27th February 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,012 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, in three forces, bomb Leipzig rail traffic centre, Halle marshalling yard and targets including Bitterfeld marshalling yard. 14 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly close escort while a P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group patrols Halle, Leipzig area. 11 groups later strafe road and rail targets.

Ninth Air Force. 118 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack Ahrweiler rail bridge, command centres at Glessen, Munstereifel and Monheim, and a target. Fighters fly leaflet missions, attack Frankfurt Main oil storage tanks, fly alerts, and strafe from West of Duisberg to Worringen. XXIX Tactical Air Command also flies support for XIII and XIX Corps South West and South of Monchen Gladbach.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers on 26-27 February 1945, bomb enemy movement at 14 different places in Po Valley, marshalling yards at Villafranca di Verona and Isola della Scala, town of bazzano, and airfields at Villafranca di Verona and Ghedi. XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers concentrate on railroad cutting in Brenner area and Northeast Italy, claiming 36 cuts, and attack rolling stock in Villach area. Medium bombers destroy railroad diversion bridge at San Michele all'Adige and cut approaches on Ala and Lavis bridges and effectively blast Spilimbergo an Pagnocco dumps.

Fifteenth Air Force. 540 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb marshalling yards at Augsburg, Salzburg, Lienz, and Jenbach, plus several targets. Escorting fighters strafe targets during return flight. Routine reconnaissance and supply mission continue.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters closely support ground forces in Mongmit area. 4 others knock out small bypass bridge at Hay-ti. About 100 fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations, supplies gun positions, elephant transport, road traffic along battle fronts and behind enemy lines. Transport operations continue on large-scale as 589 sorties are completed.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridges and damage 2 others in North Indochina. 12 others bomb Ishan and Hwaiyuanchen. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea attack shipping, claiming two vessels sunk. 19 fighter-bombers hit barracks South West of Ishan, 15 attack Kiungshan airfield, 12 hit targets in Yoyang area, 23 hit targets around Kiyang, and 30 others hit scattered targets at other points in South and East China.


Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters strike Puerto Princesa in preparation for the following morning's allied amphibious landings. On Luzon ground support continues on large-scale. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Baguio. On Mindanao P-38 Lightning fighters and United States Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft hit airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tarakan and Jesselton airfields. Takao is hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Fighters sweep West coast of Formosa. Sweeping China coast, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit fleet of junks and sampans near Hong Kong destroying and damaging more than 25.

Twentieth Air Force. Personnel of 58th Bomber Wing (VH) begin shipping out of Calcutta for Tinian and Guam, implementing redeployment orders of 6 February 1945, War Department (WD) directive. Final shipment arrives in the Marianas on 6 June 1945, completing transfer of the wing from India without loss of a single life or aircraft. During 27-28 February 1945, 10 B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers mine Johore Strait. 1 other mines Penang Harbour.

Seventh Air Force. 9 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast pillboxes, artillery emplacements, blockhouse, and mortar positions on North part of Iwo Jima. 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Daliao and Libby airfields. During 27-28 February 1945, 9 heavy bombers flying snooper strikes out of Guam, bomb airfields, radio stations, and town of Omura.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Thurrock Marshes.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Kelvedon Hatch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chevening.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Theydon Garnon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit North Stifford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Swanscombe.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ingatestone.

M610 Minesweeper
Launched 27 February 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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