20 Nov 1942
  • Adolf Hitler relinquished personal command of Armeegruppe A to General Ewald von Kleist. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British troops entered the city of Benghazi, Libya, and found ports and facilities destroyed by Germans before their withdrawal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Alaska-Canadian Highway was dedicated. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMAS Warramunga (I44) was commissioned into service with Commander E. F. V. Dechaineux in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Soviet destroyer Sokrushitelny was damaged and Soviet destroyer Baku capsized in very heavy weather while escorting Allied convoy QP-15. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Wing Commander H. D. Fraser led 25 aircraft, nine of which carried torpedoes, from No. 236 Squadron RAF to attack a convoy off the Dutch coast. It was a shambles. The promised fighter escort failed to show up, three Beaufighters were shot down, seven more damaged and two crashed at Donna Nook and North Coates, both of which in Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom. Their only success was to sink a German tug. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands Hawaii
  • USS Finback arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Russia
  • One day after the first Soviet offensive was launched at Stalingrad, Russia, a second one was launched south of the city against positions held by Romanian 4th Army Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Six He 111 bombers of German Luftwaffe group KG 55 flew an armed reconnaissance mission from their base at Morozovskaya, Russia over Stalingrad, Russia; two aircraft failed to return. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Takeo Takagi was named the commanding officer of the Mako Guard District at Pescadores islands, Taiwan, which was elevated from its previous position as a third tier naval port. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Tunisia
  • The 3rd Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy began arriving in Tunisia from Corsica, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German paratroop Engineer Battalion "Witzig" and Itlaian 1st Paratroop Battalion were deployed together at Djebel Abjod, Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British government scientist Dr. Reginald V. Jones warned Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) of possible new German weapons, ie. rockets, that could threaten Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1942
SOC Seagull aircraft being recovered by cruiser Philadelphia, off North Africa, Nov 1942, photo 1 of 4SOC Seagull aircraft being recovered by cruiser Philadelphia, off North Africa, Nov 1942, photo 2 of 4SOC Seagull aircraft being recovered by cruiser Philadelphia, off North Africa, Nov 1942, photo 3 of 4SOC Seagull aircraft being recovered by cruiser Philadelphia, off North Africa, Nov 1942, photo 4 of 4
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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