Skip to comments.AMERICANS PACE TUNISIAN GAINS; SOVIET BREAKS TIES WITH POLAND (4/27/43)
Posted on 04/27/2013 5:38:43 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
* Note the Patton-related item on this page HJS.
British attackers push out Axis defenders
Tuesday, April 27, 1943 www.onwar.com
In Tunisia... British forces occupy Djebel Bou Aoukaz after an intensive battle.
April 27th, 1943 (TUESDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: The “Ground Grocer” device, based in East Anglia, starts jamming the German early-warning system.
Submarine HMS Utica laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
GERMANY: U-806 laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: At 1426, U-371 attacked a small convoy consisting of Merope and the French SS Cevennes, escorted by ASW trawler HMS Rothesay about 10 miles ENE of Cape Bengut. The Merope was hit by a torpedo fired from a distance of 3000 meters, settled with a heavy list to port and sank in a short time. The master and nine men from the crew of 28 crewmembers and six British gunners were lost. The survivors were picked up by the other two ships of the convoy and landed at Algiers. (Dave Shirlaw)
TUNISIA: Djebel Bou Aoukaz falls to British forces.
Capt. Lord Charles Anthony Napier Lyell (b.1913), Scots Guards, led a group which silenced two heavy guns before he was killed. (Victoria Cross)
INDIAN OCEAN: U-180 met the Japanese submarine I-29. Two Indian Nationalists transferred to the Japanese submarine, which continued on its way to Japan. (Dave Shirlaw)
AUSTRALIA: Minesweeper HMAS Benalla commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
Tug HMCS Glenada laid down Owen Sound, Ontario.
Corvette HMCS North Bay launched Collingwood, Ontario.
Corvette HMCS Shediac arrived Liverpool , Nova Scotia for refit. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Destroyer escort USS Barber laid down.
Destroyer escort USS Neunzer launched.
Submarine USS Puffer commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-174 sunk south of Newfoundland, in position 43.35N, 56.18W, by depth charges from a USN VP-125 Ventura. 53 dead (all hands lost). (Dave Shirlaw)
“INDIAN OCEAN: U-180 met the Japanese submarine I-29. Two Indian Nationalists transferred to the Japanese submarine, which continued on its way to Japan.”
Of those two Indian nationals, one was Subhas Chandra Bose:
“Subhas Chandra Bose, 23 January 1897 unknown) also known as Netaji (Bengali/Oriya/Hindi): Respected Leader), was one of the most prominent Indian nationalist leaders who attempted to gain India’s independence from British rule by force during the waning years of World War II with the help of the Axis powers.”
“In 1943, After being disillusioned that Germany could be of any help in liberating India, he left for Japan. He travelled by the German submarine U-180 around the Cape of Good Hope to southeast of Madagascar, where he was transferred to the Japanese submarine I-29 for the rest of the journey to Imperial Japan. This was the only civilian transfer between two submarines of two different navies in World War II.”
Son-in-law captured. Interesting story that unfolds later in the war - looks like a rare situation where Patton might have taken his eye off the ball and tried to rescue him - apparently turned into a disaster.
If interested, amazing documentary on Patton in WWII, well done by the History Channel . Nine multi-part episodes - link below.