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20 Feb 1944
  • The "Blue Legion" of the Germany Army, which was a regiment-sized unit of Spanish volunteers, began to be withdrawn from the front lines due to Spain's request. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki became the flagship of Rear Admiral Ko Nakagawa of Destroyer Squadron 3. She departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands as a part of the final destroyer transport mission out of Rabaul. She arrived at Qavuvu, New Britain later on the same day. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • I-53 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [I-53 | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kagoshima, Japan to escort carrier Chitose to Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Wei?enfeld was named the wing commander of Nachtjagdgeschwader 5. ww2dbase [Egmont | CPC]
  • L?on Degrelle was awarded the Knight's Cross the of Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Léon Degrelle | CPC]
  • L?on Degrelle was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver. ww2dbase [Léon Degrelle | CPC]
  • Lucien Lippert was awarded the German Cross in Gold and was promoted to the rank of SS-Obersturmbannf?hrer, posthumously. ww2dbase [Lucien Lippert | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • USAAF launched the "Big Week", sending 970 bombers against Braunschweig, Hamburg, and Leipzig in Germany. The RAF followed through by hitting Stuttgart. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • Robert Johnson shot down two Bf 110 aircraft over D?mmer Lake, Germany. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | CPC]
  • The Germans called off Operation Fischfang aimed at the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 18th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 149 was completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • American troops captured Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Marshall Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
  • On Lake Tinn (Tinnsjo) in Norway, the ferry D/F Hydro, carrying the last of the heavy water produced at Vemork destined for the German atomic weapons reseach program, was sunk by Norwegian resistance saboteurs. ww2dbase [Vemork Heavy Water Plant | TH, CPC]
  • Shokaku departed Singapore for Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Shokaku departed Singapore for Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy JW-57 departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. It was consisted of 42 merchant ships, was supported by 2 tankers and 1 rescue ship, and was escorted by 4 corvettes (and later reinforced with destroyers and frigates). ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marblehead arrived in New York, United States. ww2dbase [Marblehead | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Feb 1944
A group of US Marines observed as an aircraft above strafed Japanese positions ahead, Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, circa 18-21 Feb 1944US Marine Corps Private First Class Faris M. Tuohy drinking a cup of coffee aboard a ship off Eniwetok after two days of fighting, Marshall Islands, Feb 1944

20 Feb 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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