20 Nov 1944
  • For the last time, Hitler left the Wolfsschanze Headquarters for Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | TH]
  • Chen Cheng was named the head of the political bureau of the Nationalist military. ww2dbase [Chen Cheng | CPC]
  • William Menefee Wilcox was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • Chinese troops captured Mangshih, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Salween Offensive | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese submarines I-36 and I-47 each delivered four Kaiten submarines off Ulithi, Caroline Islands. Only one of the Kaiten submarines would find a target, setting the fleet oiler Mississinewa, full of aviation fuel, aflame. ww2dbase [Kaiten-class | CPC]
China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as Chiang Kaishek's chief of staff for military affairs. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
  • Gao Youxin, leading seven P-40 Warhawk fighters, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Jianjiang County, Hubei Province, China. He would spend the next 40-some days attempting to return to friendly lines. ww2dbase [Gao Youxin | CPC]
France Germany
  • Oberleutnant zur See Otto H?bschen stepped down as the commanding officer of U-2501. ww2dbase [U-2501 | CPC]
Hawaii Mediterranean Sea
  • Garland set sail from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea for Britain. ww2dbase [Garland | CPC]
Russia
  • 1,014 arrested Polish Home Army and other partisan fighters arrived at the NKVD-run Ostashkov Special Camp in Tver Oblast, Russia by a special train after an 8-day journey. ww2dbase [Ostashkov Special Camp | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1944
Sinking of oiler USS Mississinewa after being struck by a Kaiten in Ulithi anchorage, Caroline Islands, 20 Nov 1944; photograph taken from fleet ocean tug USS MunseeA column of smoke 500 feet wide rising from the burning fleet oiler USS Mississinewa after being struck by the first Japanese Kaiten deployed, Ulithi Atoll, 30 Nov 1944. Light carrier USS Langley is in the foreground.A destroyer escort dropping depth charges on a second Japanese Kaiten in the cruiser anchorage of Ulithi Lagoon on 20 Nov 1944 after the sinking of USS Mississinewa. Seen from USS Bunker Hill. Photo 1 of 3.A destroyer escort dropping depth charges on a second Japanese Kaiten in the cruiser anchorage of Ulithi Lagoon on 20 Nov 1944 after the sinking of USS Mississinewa. Seen from USS Bunker Hill. Photo 2 of 3.
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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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