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20 May 1945
  • USS Cero sank a Japanese trawler east of Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank a Japanese patrol vessel west of Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Chub attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea, sinking a transport with one of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island completed her repairs at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops began pulling out of China. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American troops reached Shuri Castle, Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Claude Auchinleck had lunch with Winston Churchill, during which Auchinleck noted to Churchill that William Slim was among the best generals in the British Army and recommended the appointment of Slim to succeed him as Commander-in-Chief, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Guam
  • Captain J. E. Leeper was named the commanding officer of USS Shamrock Bay, relieving Captain Frank T. Ward, Jr, while the ship was at Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Composite Squadron 63 (VC-63) departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Pilots of Japanese Navy 631st Naval Air Group were officially assigned to individual submarines of Submarine Squadron 1. ww2dbase [CPC]
Netherlands
  • Canadian troops landed on the island of Texel off the Dutch coast unopposed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-67 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 20 May 1945
Essex underway at sea during the Okinawa Campaign, 20 May 1945; note the F4U and F6F aircraft on the flight deckDeggendorf harbour, Bavaria, Germany in ruins after bombing by US 426th Bomb Group on 20 Apr 1945, circa late May 1945Italian prisoners of war and liberated forced laborers being transported from Austria toward the Italian border, late May 1945Men of US Marine Corps 6th Division at Naha, Okinawa, Japan, May 1945
See all photos dated 20 May 1945

20 May 1945 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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