Skip to comments.HITLER LINE PIERCED, GAETA IS CAPTURED; AIR BLOWS RENEWED, BERLIN IS BLASTED (5/20/44)
Posted on 05/20/2014 4:39:05 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
#1 I Love You Bing Crosby
#2 San Fernando Valley - Bing Crosby
#3 Ill Get By - Harry James, with Dick Haymes (reissue of 1941 recording)
#4 Long Ago (and Far Away Dick Haymes, with Helen Forrest
#5 - Its Love Love Love - Guy Lombardo, with the Skip Nelson Trio
#6 - Long Ago (and Far Away Jo Stafford
#7 - When They Ask about You - Jimmy Dorsey, with Kitty Kallen
#8 - Its Love Love Love King Sisters
#9 - Holiday for Strings David Rose
#10 - Long Ago (and Far Away Perry Como
Here is a bonus song mentioned in reply #8 below.
Poles recover a V2 rocket
Saturday, May 20, 1944 www.onwar.com
A V2 rocket being prepared for launch [photo at link]
In Occupied Poland... A V2, on a test flight, lands near the Bug River about 80 miles east of Warsaw. Polish resistance workers hide the rocket before German forces arrive to recover it.
In Italy... Forces of the US 5th Army assault the German-held Senger Line. The French Expeditionary Corps attacks Pico; the Canadian 1st Corps attacks Pontecorvo; and the Polish 2nd Corps attacks Piedimonte San Germano.
In New Guinea... American forces have eliminated the Japanese garrison on Wadke. On the mainland, nearby, Japanese forces conduct weak attacks near Arare.
In Marcus Island... American aircraft the carriers of Task Group 58.2 (Admiral Montgomery) conduct a raid.
May 20th, 1944 (SATURDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Minesweeping trawler HMS Wyoming mined and sunk off Harwich.
The USAAF’s Eighth Air Force in England flies Mission 359: 638 bombers and 657 fighters are dispatched to hit targets in France and Belgium; two bombers and four fighters are lost; the AAF claims 2-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-1 on the ground:
- 190 B-17 Flying Fortresses are dispatched to bomb Orly Airfield (90 bomb) and Villacoublay Air Depot (73 bomb) in France.
- 125 of 177 B-24 Liberators bomb Reims Airfield and marshalling yard in France.
- 271 B-17s and B-24s are dispatched to marshalling yards at Liege and Brussels, Belgium but the mission is abandoned due to heavy cloud cover; two bombers are lost.
Escort is provided by 146 P-38 Lightnings, 177 P-47 Thunderbolts and 334 P-51 Mustangs; P-38s claim 2-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-1 on the ground; one P-38, one P-47 and two P-51s are lost.
The USAAF’s Ninth Air Force in England dispatches about 450 B-26 Marauders to attack airfields, coastal defenses, and V-weapon site in France; about 250 aborts are caused mainly by bad cloud conditions and failure to rendezvous with fighters.
P-47s dive-bomb targets in northwestern Europe.
Aircraft carrier HMS Warrior launched Belfast NI.
Minesweeper HMS Regulus commissioned.
Submarine HMS Supreme commissioned.
Aircraft carrier HMS Pioneer launched.
U-1057, U-1131 commissioned.
U-2504 laid down.
POLAND: A V2 rocket is test fired and lands near the River Bug about 80 miles east of Warsaw. The Polish resistance runs a herd of cows into the river to muddy the water. The Germans fail to find the rocket and give up. The Poles got it out of the river using man power, take it apart and send the guidance systems and rocket motor to British intelligence in London by Lysander and Hudson courier aircraft. (William H. Howard) See follow ups on May 23 and May 25.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Three light cruisers and eight destroyers (USN Task Group 53.18) bombard Japanese installations on Alu, Poporang and Morgusia Islands in the Shortland Islands off the south end of Bougainville Island.
NEW GUINEA: US forces break Japanese resistance on Wakde, a coral islet 220 miles east of Biak. The three day battle has resulted in 809 Japanese dead; 43 Americans died with 139 wounded.
PACIFIC OCEAN: US carriers begin a two-day assault on Japanese positions on Marcus Island. Aircraft from the carriers USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Wasp (CV-18) continue their attacks on Marcus Island in the North Pacific but bad weather halts operations. Meanwhile, aircraft from the light aircraft carrier USS Jacinto (CVL-30), which has been positioned to the northwest of Marcus as a screen, sink a Japanese guardboat.
CANADA: Tug HMCS Atwood assigned as ASW training vessel at Halifax and Pictou, Nova Scotia.
Frigate HMCS La Hulloise commissioned.
U.S.A.: “Tess’s Torch Song (I Had A Man)” sung by Ella Mae Morse from the movie “Up In Arms” is released.
Destroyer USS John A Bole laid down.
Submarine USS Sea Poacher launched.
Destroyer escort USS Walton launched.
Destroyer minelayer USS Shea launched.
Destroyers USS Taussig and Wren commissioned.
Escort carrier USS Bismark Sea commissioned.
Submarine USS Baya commissioned.
Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-363 was commissioned at Sturgeon Bay, WI with LT R. A. McCaffery, USCGR, as commanding officer. She was assigned to and operated in the Southwest Pacific area, including Leyte, Mindoro, Parang, etc., during the war.
That headline scared me. I thought Greta had been captured.
We learn of the Great Escape.
I saw The Great Escape at the Vogue Theater in Broad Ripple with my older brothers when I was a kid. It was a great movie.
It is. We watch the DVD a couple times a year.
“POLAND: A V2 rocket is test fired and lands near the River Bug about 80 miles east of Warsaw. The Polish resistance runs a herd of cows into the river to muddy the water. The Germans fail to find the rocket and give up. The Poles got it out of the river using man power, take it apart and send the guidance systems and rocket motor to British intelligence in London by Lysander and Hudson courier aircraft. (William H. Howard) See follow ups on May 23 and May 25.”
Wow! This is such a cool story. It would make a great movie...so now I will have to check and see if there was one...
That was also my thought.
They were only allowed to return after Perestroika and then the Soviet Union was dissolved. Now the Russians are back to persecuting them.
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
Yes, Tatars stayed on in the Southern Steppes after Muscovy regained it’s independence from them. They held on for centuries in league with the Turks. IIRC, the Russians only completed the conquest of the South in the reign of Catherine the Great.
I just observed that in “The Guns at Last Light,” the author refers to the Balkans as “European Turkey.” The Eastern Mediterranean area is like that vast net of fish the apostles drew from the sea of Galilee, with absolutely everything in it.
I just finished reading about the Yalta conference. The Crimea had been devastated.
The word used by the Soviets themselves was “deportation.” Usually to Central Asia or southwestern Siberia. The Crimean Tatars had their own “Autonomous Republic” within the USSR but that was abolished. The same thing happened to the Volga Germans, whose only crime against the USSR was that their ancestors had been German two centuries earlier. The Chechens and Kalmyks were also accused of collaboration and deported. Deportation was accompanied by brutal hardship, privation and loss of life. It also contributed greatly to Russia’s present Chechen problem.
When I read about these things, as well as what the Germans did to Poles, Czechs and Russians, I don’t put much stock in claims of how badly we treated our own Japanese citizens. We were pikers compared to the Nazis and Soviets.
On the other hand, there is little to distinguish between Soviet internal deportation and the Trail of Tears.
And then remember they'd been doing this sort of thing to one another for centuries. American soldiers could get pretty awful as the war dragged into 1945, but that was a reaction to immediate conditions, not business-as-usual.