Tuesday 27 January 1942
|"Flight Lieutenant Tadeusz Czerwiński, the CO of "A" Flight of No. 306 Polish Fighter Squadron, and Flight Lieutenant Stanisław Skalski, the CO of "B" Flight, with the Polish national emblem. RAF Churchstanton, 26-28 January 1942." Colorized from © IWM (CH 4793).|
|A rare original color photograph from World War II. "A pilot, thought to be Flight Lieutenant A J H Finch, DFC, is about to settle into the cockpit of Bristol Beaufort I N102/'MW-S' of No 217 Squadron, Royal Air Force prior to flying for photographers at St Eval, Cornwall." © IWM (TR 25).|
|Look magazine, 27 January 1942.|
|"Commander in Chief Rosyth, Vice Admiral Sir C. Gordon Ramsey, KCB. 27 January 1942, Rosyth." © IWM (A 7246).|
|Female metal workers in Leningrad, January 1942. Tank construction continued in Leningrad throughout the siege, sometimes with factories in sight of the front.|
|USS Cassin (at right, DD-372) and Downes (DD-375). "Under salvage in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 27 January 1942. They had been wrecked during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid." U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph Photo #: NH 54563.|
|A photo from Luftwaffe magazine Der Adler, 27 January 1942, showing pilots who are training using gliders.|
|"British Troops disembarking from tugs and lighters at Malta." Malta, 27 January 1942. © IWM (A 7325).|
|"HMS MAORI entering Grand Harbour." Malta, 27 January 1942. © IWM (A 7333).|
|"German Beauftragte [Plenipotentiary] orders the Kiev City Administration to Allow a Ukrainian Woman to Purchase Furniture Owned by Jews, 27 January 1942." (EHRI Online Course in Holocaust Studies)|
|Wilhelm Spies, pointing to his 19th (of an ultimate 20) victory marking.|
|A WAAF of the RNZAF, Hobsonville, January 1942. She is sitting in what appears to be a Harvard trainer (Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library).|
|Luftwaffe ace Wilhelm Spies, KIA 27 January 1942.|
|The Belfast Telegraph, 27 January 1942. This announces the first arrival of units of the US Army in the European Theater at Belfast - on page two.|
|New York on 27 January 1942, Norfolk Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships Photograph 19-N-27366, National Archives and Records Administration, Still Pictures Division, College Park, Md.).|
Such difficulties [relating to the bitter winter] will not recur. Whatever happens in the coming year, the Fuehrer will halt and take up winter quarters in good time.The main subject of the discussions, which last until 5 February, is the issue of getting supplies to General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in Libya. Goering loftily suggests that Italian submarines make the supply missions, though they are almost all committed in the Atlantic and cannot possibly carry enough supplies.
|"HMS BRECONSHIRE entering Grand Harbour, Malta." 27 January 1942. © IWM (A 7330).|
Whether you call it a victory or not, it must be dubbed up to the present, although I will not make any promises, a highly profitable transaction, and certainly is an episode of war most glorious to the British, South African, New Zealand, Indian, Free French and Polish soldiers, sailors and airmen who have played their part in it.Churchill, of course, knows that the tide already has turned in North Africa (there are no operations today due to a sandstorm) and that General Rommel once again is on the offensive. However, this is a well-earned victory speech, if a bit tardy and outdated.
American Homefront: President Roosevelt announces rationing of all consumer goods and commodities until the war is won. It will be administered by the Office of Price Administration (OPA) using rationing books.