20 Jun 1942
  • Captain Teijiro Yamazumi was named the commanding officer of battleship Mutsu. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho was assigned to the 1st Air Fleet; she disembarked all her aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • German submarine U-67 damaged Norwegian tanker Nortind with a torpedo 90 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at 1125 hours, killing 1. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese troops aboard Seki Maru No. 3 found and captured coast watcher Cornelius Page on Simberi, New Ireland. ww2dbase [CPC]
Canada
  • Japanese submarine I-26 bombarded the Estevan Point lighthouse and the radio direction finding facility on the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. ww2dbase [CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • About 1,000 Austrian Jews arrived at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia; they were the first Austrian Jews to arrive at this camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Germany
  • 185 British bombers attacked Emden, Germany, causing little damage; 7 bombers were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Libya
  • Axis troops launched what would be the final attack on Tobruk, Libya, preceded by a heavy artillery and air bombardment at 0530 hours. At 0700 hours, 100 German and Italian tanks rushed through a gap in Tobruk's southeastern lines. The port facilities were captured by 1900 hours, and British troops destroyed stocks of fuel and supplies to prevent capture. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands Poland
  • Polish prisoners of Auschwitz Concentration Camp Kazimierz Piechowski, Stanislaw Gustaw Jaster, Józef Lempart, and Eugeniusz Bendera broke into a SS store room and stole uniforms and weapons and then made their escape from the concentration camp in disguise. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • German 24th Infantry Division attacked Fort Lenin and Fort North (held against German attacks for the whole day) near Sevastopol, Russia starting at 0900 hours; while Fort Lenin was captured with minimal resistance, Soviet troops at Fort North held their ground, repulsing German attacks all day. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United States
  • Winston Churchill arrived at Franklin Roosevelt's home at Hyde Park, New York, United States to discuss US-UK cooperation. The two leaders agreed to give the crossing of the English Channel a priority, and that the two nations would assist each other in atomic weapons research. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Acting on information given by defected saboteur George Dasch, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation agents captured three German saboteurs in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC, United States proposed to take over Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team based in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, which currently reported to the US Navy Office of Naval Communications. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The American newspaper New York Times published the report from the World Jewish Congress that the Germans had, to date, killed 1,000,000 Jews in "vast slaughterhouse for the Jews" located in Eastern Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Jun 1942
African-American US Army WAAC Mary K. Adair taking an examination for Officer

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

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