20 Sep 1942
  • As of this date, American Liberty ship production exceeded the rate of sinkings. ww2dbase [Liberty-class | CPC]
  • Some of Mutsu's anti-aircraft personnel were disembarked to train ground-based anti-aircraft personnel at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
  • US Navy Pacific Fleet's chief communications officer John Redman recommended the relief of radio intelligence officer Joseph Rochefort. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
  • German submarine U-515 sank British ship Reedpool 120 miles northeast of Georgetown, British Guyana at 0815 hours; 5 were killed, 53 survived but 1, the captain, was captured. At 1517 hours, U-596 attacked Allied convoy SC-100 300 miles southeast of Iceland, sinking British ship Empire Hartebeeste (all 46 aboard survived). ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-435 sank British minesweeper HMS Leda of Allied convoy QP-14 180 miles west of Spitsbergen, Norway at 0631 hours; 14 were killed, 66 survived. At 1815 hours, U-255 sank US freighter Silver Sword of QP-14; 1 was killed, 63 survived. At about 1900 hours, escort carrier HMS Avenger and cruiser HMS Scylla were detached from QP-14 to head back to base. At 1955 hours, U-703 damaged British destroyer HMS Somali also of QP-14; 47 were killed, 67 survivors were taken off, and 80 survivors remained aboard as she was taken in tow by destroyer HMS Ashanti. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Aubrey Fitch was made the commanding officer of US Navy Aircraft South Pacific Force, replacing John McCain. ww2dbase [Aubrey Fitch | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • Tenryu arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Truk | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese freighter and her escort southeast of Namonuito Atoll, Caroline Islands, hitting the freighter with 1 of 4 torpedoes. She claimed to have sunk the freighter, but the study of Japanese records after the war showed no ships lost on this date in the area. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
Russia United States Photo(s) dated 20 Sep 1942
AEC Mk I armored car in the Western desert, Egypt, 20 Sep 1942Portrait of Hauptmann Hans-Joachim Marseille, mid-Sep 1942; note KnightPortrait of Hans-Joachim Marseille, Sep 1942Portrait of Hans-Joachim Marseille, Sep 1942
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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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