20 May 1945
  • Japanese troops began pulling out of China. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American troops reached Shuri Castle, Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island completed her repairs at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Claude Auchinleck had lunch with Winston Churchill, during which Auchinleck noted to Churchill that William Slim was among the best generals in the British Army and recommended the appointment of Slim to succeed him as Commander-in-Chief, India. ww2dbase [Claude Auchinleck | CPC]
  • USS Chub attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea, sinking a transport with one of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Chub | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank a Japanese patrol vessel west of Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • USS Cero sank a Japanese trawler east of Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
Guam
  • Captain J. E. Leeper was named the commanding officer of USS Shamrock Bay, relieving Captain Frank T. Ward, Jr, while the ship was at Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Apra | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Pilots of Japanese Navy 631st Naval Air Group were officially assigned to individual submarines of Submarine Squadron 1. ww2dbase [CPC]
Netherlands Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-67 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 20 May 1945
Essex underway at sea during the Okinawa Campaign, 20 May 1945; note the F4U and F6F aircraft on the flight deckDeggendorf harbour, Bavaria, Germany in ruins after bombing by US 426th Bomb Group on 20 Apr 1945, circa late May 1945Italian prisoners of war and liberated forced laborers being transported from Austria toward the Italian border, late May 1945Men of US Marine Corps 6th Division at Naha, Okinawa, Japan, May 1945
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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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Thomas Dodd, late 1945