20 Feb 1945
  • HMS Activity arrived in Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill attacked a Japanese convoy, sinking cargo ship Daizen Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Armeegruppe Kurland suffered heavy Soviet attacks in Lithuania, but was able to resist. ww2dbase [TH]
  • HMS Vervain (Lieutenant Commander R. A. Howell) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-1276 off the coast of Ireland. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • George Patton wrote to Omar Bradley, urging Bradley to convince Dwight Eisenhower to allow Bradley's army group to attack aggressively toward the Rhine River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Du Yuming was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Parche arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: The first major contingent of WAVES arrived this date. Air Group 33 departed. Air Group 5 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy
  • US and Brazilian troops of US 5th Army launched Operation Encore against German positions at Monte Castello and Monte Della Torraca 61 kilometers southwest of Bologna, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish collided with a piece of ice floe, bending both of her periscopes. She set sail for Guam, Mariana Islands to receive repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pintado was detected by a Japanese aircraft in the South China Sea, which damaged her with depth charges. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit a factory Ilford, London, England, United Kingdom, killing 7 and injuring 94. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Feb 1945
USS Washington off Iwo Jima, Japan, 19-22 Feb 1945Gantry Crane spanning the Pearl Harbor drydocks, 20 Feb 1945 (the crane was built in 1940).Man of US 9th Marines with flamethrower, Motoyama Airfield (Airfield Number 2), Iwo Jima, Feb 1945Pfc Reg P. Hester, 7th War Dog Platoon, 25th Regiment, United States Marine Corps took a nap while Dutch, his war dog, stood guard, Iwo Jima, Feb 1945
See all photos dated 20 Feb 1945

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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