FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s drop fragmentation
bombs on the Kataoka naval base, a single B-24 hits Minami Cape and another flies
a radar-ferret mission.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 5 B-25s and 70+ fighter bombers
attack bridges, positions, villages and town areas, gun emplacements, and river,
road, and rail traffic at many points in S and E China chiefly around Fantung.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 37 P-38s and P-47s hit troop
concentrations in the Wan Pong and Nawng Leng areas; 12 other fighter bombers
sweep roads S of the bomb line; transports complete 408 sorties throughout the
day, landing or dropping 618 tons of supplies at forward bases and frontline
areas; the 166th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves
from Meiktila to Toungoo with UC-64s and L-5s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s from Guam based bomb Woleai.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Missions 108 to 113: 109 B-29s strike airfields
at Izumi, Miyazaki, Kokubu, Miyakonojo, Kanoya, and Kushira on Kyushu; 3 B-29s hit targets of opportunity; 2 bombers are lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Luzon Island,
B-25s attack Japanese installations at Cabatuan, La-lo, and Garit Norte; A-20s
hit towns throughout the area; in S Luzon, fighter-bombers and A-20s hit targets
E of Manila, in the Legaspi area, and at other scattered points. B-24s hit Jesselton Airfield and B-25s bomb Tarakan. B-24s bomb Mandai
Airfield and other B-24s hit Soerabaja. The 550th Night
Fighter Squadron, XIII Fighter Command (attached to 85th Fighter Wing), based
at Tacloban with P-38s, P-61s and P-70s, sends a detachment to
operate from Zamboanga. Ditched is A-20G 43-21390 (pilot rescued, 2 MIA).
RAAF: After midnight Liberator A72-133 ditched off Sumba Island (Soemba Island) with the entire crew captured and detained as Prisoners Of War (POW) until the end of the Pacific War.
IJN: Two torpedo bombers: B5N2 Kate piloted by Takahashi and B5N2 Kate piloted by Nagai (MIA) attack two American "aircraft carriers" (actually floating dry docks) dry docks in Seealder Harbor. During their attack, an aerial torpedo hit the rear pontoon Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock 4 (AFDB-4) damaging it.