20 Feb 1944
  • The "Blue Legion" of the Germany Army, which was a regiment-sized unit of Spanish volunteers, began to be withdrawn from the front lines due to Spain's request. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki became the flagship of Rear Admiral Ko Nakagawa of Destroyer Squadron 3. She departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands as a part of the final destroyer transport mission out of Rabaul. She arrived at Qavuvu, New Britain later on the same day. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • I-53 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [I-53 | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kagoshima, Japan to escort carrier Chitose to Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld was named the wing commander of Nachtjagdgeschwader 5. ww2dbase [Egmont | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was awarded the Knight's Cross the of Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Léon Degrelle | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver. ww2dbase [Léon Degrelle | CPC]
  • Lucien Lippert was awarded the German Cross in Gold and was promoted to the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer, posthumously. ww2dbase [Lucien Lippert | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
French Morocco
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her task group arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco. ww2dbase [Card | Casablanca | DS]
Germany Italy
  • The Germans called off Operation Fischfang aimed at the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Japan Marshall Islands Norway
  • On Lake Tinn (Tinnsjo) in Norway, the ferry D/F Hydro, carrying the last of the heavy water produced at Vemork destined for the German atomic weapons reseach program, was sunk by Norwegian resistance saboteurs. ww2dbase [Vemork Heavy Water Plant | Tinn, Telemark | TH, CPC]
Singapore
  • Shokaku departed Singapore for Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Singapore | CPC]
  • Shokaku departed Singapore for Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy JW-57 departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. It was consisted of 42 merchant ships, was supported by 2 tankers and 1 rescue ship, and was escorted by 4 corvettes (and later reinforced with destroyers and frigates). ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Liverpool, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 20 Feb 1944
A group of US Marines observed as an aircraft above strafed Japanese positions ahead, Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, circa 18-21 Feb 1944US Marine Corps Private First Class Faris M. Tuohy drinking a cup of coffee aboard a ship off Eniwetok after two days of fighting, Marshall Islands, Feb 1944

20 Feb 1944 Interactive Map

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




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