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20 Jun 1943
  • Submarine Rock was launched, sponsored by Mrs. B. O. Wells. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The RAF initiated shuttle bombing, where planes departed home fields to bomb Germany, re-armed in Africa, then bomb Italian targets en route back to Britain. The first of these raids targeted Friedrichshafen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 5,550 Dutch Jews in Amsterdam were rounded up for deportation to the east. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lord Gort received the field marshal's baton from King George VI at Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Captain Arthur Post of US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron was shot down near Wide Bay, New Britain. He survived the ordeal and was taken in by natives, who later brought him to coast watchers. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands United States
  • A fist fight between two men, one white and one African-American, at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan, United States escalated the already-strained racial tension into a riot. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Jun 1943
US Army gun crew preparing to fire a 37mm sub-caliber mounted on a 75mm field howitzer during range practice, Sanskeid Range, Iceland, 20 Jun 1943; note M8 carriageGerman SdKfz. 9 halftrack vehicle towing a Panzer VI Tiger I heavy tank in preparation for Operation Zitadelle, near Kursk, Russia, Jun 1943USS St. Louis, USS Helena, and USS Honolulu off Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 20 Jun 1943

20 Jun 1943 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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