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20 Sep 1944
  • USS Franklin crossed the Equator. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • Indian 4th Division captured San Marino in the early afternoon. In nearby Italy, Canadian troops broke through German lines along the Ausa River. At Rimini, Italy, Greek troops reached the southern outskirts of the city. ww2dbase [Gothic Line Offensive | TH, CPC]
  • British XXX Corps linked up with US airborne troops at Nijmegen, the Netherlands; nearby, Geldrop, Someren, and Terneuzen were captured by Allied troops. ww2dbase [Operation Market Garden | TH]
  • From his headquarters in Chongqing, China, Milton Miles sent SACO's first comprehensive weather map to US Navy Pacific Fleet Command. These reports would continue daily until the end of the war for the planning of Leyte, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa invasions. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale arrived at waters southeast of Taiwan. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Talampulan, Palawan, Philippine Islands at 0617 hours and arrived at Manila at 2122 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Talampulan, Palawan | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German Air Force III/KG3 flew 21 sorties and 68 Squadron RAF was vectored to a position over the Dutch coastal Islands. A Mosquito aircraft flown by Flight Sergeant John Jenkins failed to return. It was presumed that the aircraft was brought down by the explosion of its target, which was a V-1 flying bomb. One of the V-1 flying bombs launched by the German bombers impacted on the beach next to the perimeter of the Experimental Radar Facility at Bawdsey Manor near Felixstowe eastern United Kingdom. One that fell in a farmer's field at Chediston in the County of Suffolk had the number 701422 and another that destroyed 3 houses at Hacheston near Ipswich in the same County was 701427. This numbering only appeared on the air launched bombs. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | England | HM]
United States
  • The FR Fireball fighter took its first piston-jet mix-powered flight. ww2dbase [FR Fireball | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Sep 1944
Children wearing orange ribbons and waving Dutch flags during celebrations in Eindhoven, the first major town in Holland to be liberated, 20 Sep 1944Carriers of 1/5th Welch Regiment, British 53rd Division crossing the Meuse into Holland, 20 Sep 1944An US Marine giving his wounded comrade a drink of water from a canteen, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944Captured British paratroopers being marched away by German troops, circa 17-25 Sep 1944
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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