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20 Apr 1944
  • The cruiser USS Milwaukee was transferred to the Soviet Navy, under Lend-Lease, and renamed Murmansk. ww2dbase [Milwaukee | AC]
  • Amon Göth was given the rank of SS-HauptsturmfĂĽhrer in the reserve forces of the Waffen-SS. ww2dbase [Amon Göth | 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]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese submarine RO-45 west of Saipan, Mariana Islands, hitting her with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • 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 [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • LĂ©on Degrelle was promoted to the rank of SS-SturmbannfĂĽhrer. ww2dbase [LĂ©on Degrelle | 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 [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | HM]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Harder bombarded Woleai, Caroline Islands under the cover of a rain squall. ww2dbase [Harder | Woleai | CPC]
  • Ding Delong was named the commanding officer of the Chinese 37th Army. ww2dbase [Ding Delong | CPC]
France India Italy Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 19th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleship Yamato and cruiser Maya to Lingga, Borneo. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • Seaplane tender Richthofen was interned at Pasaia (Spanish: Pasajes), Basque Country, Spain. ww2dbase [Richthofen | Pasaia, Euskadi | CPC]
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 [B-17 Flying Fortress | Aylsham, England | AC]
United States
  • USS Ranger arrived at the Army Base, Staten Island, New York and began loading P-38 Lighting aircraft for further transportation to Casablanca. ww2dbase [Ranger | P-38 Lightning | New York | DS]
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 patchAdolf Hitler and Hermann Göring at the demonstration of the newly developed Hetzer tank destroyer at a closed highway near Schloss Klessheim west of Salzburg, German occupied Austria, 20 Apr 1944; note Karl-Heinrich Bodenschatz (left of photo, showing full face), Wilhelm Keitel (left of photo, red lapel), and Ferdinand Porsche (right of photo, black hat) in backgroundJapanese landing ship No. 151 running trials off Yugeshima in the Inland Sea of Japan, 20 Apr 1944
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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