20 Oct 1944
  • USS Franklin provided support for campaign for the invasion of Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The "I have returned" speech was made by MacArthur as he landed at Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Three TDR drones were launched against Japanese gun positions west of Ballale Island south of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. One was lost, one made a hit with its bomb but crashed before it can be directed into a beached Japanese freighter serving as an antiaircraft gun platform, and the third scored a bomb hit and crashes into the beached freighter as planned. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Brunei China
  • Joseph Stilwell bid his final farewell to Chiang Kaishek at Chiang's home in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Otto Skorzeny arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • US 88th Division captured Monte Grande, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 144 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean Philippines
  • USS Wasp's aircraft supported the US landings on Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The Soviet Union ordered all Tatar, Greek, and German-language place names in Krym (Crimea), Russia to be given Russian names. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Croydon, London, England, United Kingdom, killing 6 and seriously injuring 14. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-61 departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Test pilot Milo Burcham was killed when the YP-80A jet aircraft he piloted crashed shortly after takeoff in Burbank, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Yugoslavia
  • Soviet troops and Yugoslavian partisans liberated Belgrade, Yugoslavia in a joint operation known as the Belgrade Offensive; Dubrovnik was captured by Yugoslavian partisans. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1944
MacArthur, Kenney, Sutherland, Mudge inspected Leyte beachhead, Philippines, 20 Oct 1944Sutherland, Kenney, Osmeña, MacArthur, and Romulo off Leyte, Philippines, circa 20-23 Oct 1944FM-2 Wildcat flying combat air patrol over USS Santee, during the Leyte Invasion, 20 Oct 1944A Filipino woman being treated at an US Navy first aid station, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 20 Oct 1944
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20 Oct 1944 Interactive Map

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




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