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20 Apr 1944
  • The cruiser USS Milwaukee was transferred to the Soviet Navy, under Lend-Lease, and renamed Murmansk. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese submarine RO-45 west of Saipan, Mariana Islands, hitting her with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Amon Göth was given the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer in the reserve forces of the Waffen-SS. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oberstgeneral Hube was killed in a plane crash leaving Berchtesgaden, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The American Liberty ship, Paul Hamilton, loaded with men and explosives, was hit by an aerial torpedo off Algiers, French Algeria and blew to pieces. Not one of the 580 men on board, the vast majority US Army Air Force personnel, survived. Only one body was ever recovered. ww2dbase [AC, DS]
  • Allied leadership in the South Pacific determined that 90% of Rabaul, New Britain had been destroyed, and there was no further need to continue the aerial bombardment campaign against Rabaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was promoted to the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • After over a month drifting at sea, three survivors of Greek steam merchant ship Peleus, sunk by German submarine U-852 on 13 Mar 1944, was picked up by Portuguese steam merchant Alexandre Silva in the South Atlantic. They were taken to Lobito, Angola. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Harder bombarded Woleai, Caroline Islands under the cover of a rain squall. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Ding Delong was named the commanding officer of the Chinese 37th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
India
  • The Japanese siege of Kohima, India was beginning to be lifted. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • Italian motor torpedo boats sank British landing ship LST-305 off Anzio, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleship Yamato and cruiser Maya to Lingga, Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 19th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone United Kingdom
  • No. 214 Squadron RAF (of No. 100 group based at RAF Oulton at Aylsham, England, United Kingdom), established in Nov 1943, flew the first operational sortie with their Fortress Mk. III (SD) aircraft. These were extensively modified B-17G aircraft fitted out with electronic countermeasures and radar jamming devices. This Squadron would fly more than 1,000 sorties up to May 1945 losing just eight aircraft on operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Apr 1944
Canadian 1st Special Service Force troops being brief, Anzio beachhead, Italy, 20 Apr 1944A sergeant of Canadian Special Service Force at Anzio, Italy, 20 Apr 1944; note US-Canada shoulder patchJapanese landing ship No. 151 running trials off Yugeshima in the Inland Sea of Japan, 20 Apr 1944Nikolai Vatutin
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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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