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20 Oct 1944
  • USS Franklin provided support for campaign for the invasion of Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • The "I have returned" speech was made by MacArthur as he landed at Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Three TDR drones were launched against Japanese gun positions west of Ballale Island south of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. One was lost, one made a hit with its bomb but crashed before it can be directed into a beached Japanese freighter serving as an antiaircraft gun platform, and the third scored a bomb hit and crashes into the beached freighter as planned. ww2dbase [TDR | DS]
  • Musashi refueled in Brunei Bay. ww2dbase [Musashi | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Brunei. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell bid his final farewell to Chiang Kaishek at Chiang's home in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • A Heinkel III (5K+BT) flown by German Air Force pilot Unteroffizier Albert Fleichmann failed to return to base; later it was found that the aircraft had come down at Cloppenburg near Oldenbrg, Germany with the loss of all the crew. ww2dbase [HM]
Italy Japan Pacific Ocean
  • Yamato refueled in Brunei Bay. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft supported the US landings on Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • The Soviet Union ordered all Tatar, Greek, and German-language place names in Krym (Crimea), Russia to be given Russian names. ww2dbase [Deportation of Crimean Tatars | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Mako, Pescadores Islands with Cruiser Division 21. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Croydon, London, England, United Kingdom, killing 6 and seriously injuring 14. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-61 departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
United States Yugoslavia
  • Soviet troops and Yugoslavian partisans liberated Belgrade, Yugoslavia in a joint operation known as the Belgrade Offensive; Dubrovnik was captured by Yugoslavian partisans. ww2dbase [Belgrade Strategic Offensive Operation | TH]
Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1944
MacArthur, Kenney, Sutherland, Mudge inspected Leyte beachhead, Philippines, 20 Oct 1944FM-2 Wildcat flying combat air patrol over USS Santee, during the Leyte Invasion, 20 Oct 1944A Filipino woman being treated at an US Navy first aid station, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 20 Oct 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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