Today in World War II History—October 27, 1939 & 1944
80 Years Ago—October 27, 1939: US consul meets with British at Gibraltar to protest protracted British detention of US merchant ships.
75 Years Ago—Oct. 27, 1944: In Italy, Gen. Maitland Wilson orders halt to Allied offensive for the winter due to fatigue, heavy rains, and flooding; US Fifth Army drive halts 9 miles short of Bologna.
Tacloban Airfield opens on Leyte, and the first US aircraft land in the Philippines since 1942.
US celebrates Navy Day.