20 Feb 1945
  • 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 [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | AC]
  • HMS Activity arrived in Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill attacked a Japanese convoy, sinking cargo ship Daizen Maru. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • 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 [Advance to the Rhine | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • Du Yuming was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Kamikaze rescued survivors of torpedoed destroyer Nokaze off Annam, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Annam | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Italy Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Pintado was detected by a Japanese aircraft in the South China Sea, which damaged her with depth charges. ww2dbase [Pintado | South China Sea | CPC]
  • 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 [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
Philippines United Kingdom United States
  • USS S-38 was sunk as a target by aerial bombing. ww2dbase [S-38 | 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
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20 Feb 1945 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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