27th March 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: In Litherland, Lancashire – Squadron Leader William Hubert Rigby ‘Nits’ Whitty DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross).

http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/commonwealth_whitley.htm

~Also, in Siam (Thailand) – The Siam Army Air Corps, later to be renamed the Royal Thai Air Force.

http://www.fotw.net/flags/th%5Eaf.html

Science and technology: In Belgium, Doctor Albert Hustin conducts the first successful non-direct blood transfusion, using a combination of (not so new) anti-coagulant technology (sodium citrate ) and refrigeration.

http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/first-successful-non-direct-blood-transfusion-carried-out