November 27, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 1943
CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): Eight B-24's from Canton and Nukufetau bomb Mille Atoll.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Second escorted raid against Rangoon. B-24's, with P-38 escort, and B-25's, covered
by P-51's strike Insein, Burma; Japanese interceptors attack fiercely, shooting
down 6 fighters and 3 B-24's. Losses include: ; US airplanes claim 19 Japanese fighters downed.
November 27, 1943 was second escorted raid against the Rangoon area. Lost were three B-24s: (one 7th BG, two 308th BG): B-24J "Maxwell House II" 42-73245, B-24J 42-73312 (POW) and B-24 308th BG. Also lost were two P-38s, two P-51As. Additional losses in an escorted B-25 raid the same day. Intercepted by Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) fighters including Ki-43-II Oscars from the 64th Sentai, 3rd Chutai and Type 2 fighters Ki-45 Nick armed with 37mm cannon from the 21st Flying Unit.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Four B-25's on sea sweeps attack docks
and warehouses at the port of Swatow and hit a convoy of nine vessels heading south
toward Amoy; the B-25's claim one destroyer sunk and a destroyer and freighter
damaged by direct hits.
SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Five B-25's with fighter escort, bomb Queen Carola Harbor; Nineteen
B-24's bomb Bonis Airfield; a few B-25's and RNZAF Venturas attack the areas
at the mouth of the Mobiai River and Mutupina Point. Twenty plus B-24's, with fighter
support attack Buka Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): Medium
bombers blast Boram Airfield, Wewak Town and Wewak Harbor claiming
15 airplanes and 12 barges destroyed. Lost are B-25D "Impatient Virgin" 41-30046 (POW / MIA), B-25G 42-64889 (MIA) and P-38H 42-66869 (survived). Medium bombers also bomb the town of Finschhafen.
HQ 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group transfers from Sydney
USMC: Force landed is SBD 38035 at Nukufetau at Nanumea Airfield.