20 Mar 1944
  • USS Franklin set sail for Gulf of Paria, Trinidad for her shakedown cruise. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Mason was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pollack sank Japanese freighter Hakuyo Maru in the Nanpo Islands area, Japan with one of two torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A Japanese aircraft attacked USS Tunny with eight light bombs near Toagel Mlungui Pass in the Palau Islands, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese transport off British Malaya; all six torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Vinnitsa, Ukraine, site of one of Hitler's Feldhauptquartiere. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Romanian troops arrived in Hungary to assist in the German occupation. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Orde Wingate visited the Aberdeen site in Meza valley, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Ukhrul, India, defeating the Indian Parachute Regiment and a brigade from the British 23rd Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US 4th Marine Regiment secured Emirau, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Officers and men of Air Group 100 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy
  • British 78th Infantry Division joined in the attack of Cassino, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The "Valanga" Guastatori naval infantry battalion was made a part of Xa MAS of Italian Navy. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Preston was commissioned into service with Commander Goldsborough S. Patrick in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Mar 1944
African-American US Army WAC Pfc Johnnie Mae Welton conducting a lab experiment in the serology lab at Fort Jackson Station Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States, 20 Mar 1944B-17 bomber of US 447th Bomb Group in flight toward Frankfurt, Germany, 20 Mar 1944TBF-1C aircraft exploding in water near USS Coral Sea, 20 Mar 1944Three African-American sailors of USS Mason, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 20 Mar 1944
See all photos dated 20 Mar 1944

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

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