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15 Oct 1943 Australian Papua
  • 15 D3A dive bombers of Air Group 582 escorted by 39 A6M fighters attacked Oro Bay just south of Dobodura, Australian Papua. 54 P-38 and 8 P-40 fighters rose of defend. The Japanese lost 14 D3A dive bombers and 5 A6M fighters, and caused only light damage to Allied shipping. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 33rd Bomb Squadron and 408th Bomb Squadron (both flying B-25 aircraft) of USAAF 22nd Bomb Group were transferred from Australia to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Originally given the task of escorting US Army Air Force bombers to attack Kahili Airfield on Bougainville island, the US Marine Corps F4U fighters arrived earlier than the bombers, thus the mission became a fighter sweep of the Japanese airfield. 22 Japanese A6M fighters rose to defend. USMC pilot Bill Case claimed 2 victories, Tom Emrich 2, Burney Tucker 1, and Gregory Boyington 1. Japanese records would later reveal that only 1 fighter was destroyed on this day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Caroline Islands France
  • French General de Lattre de Tassigny escaped from Vichy France, eventually joining the Free French. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The first squadron of the German Luftwaffe Fernaufklärungsgruppe 5 special long range reconnaissance unit became operational at Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Britain-based US 55th Fighter Group became the first group to conduct operations in P-38 fighters over continental Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1943
WAVES trainee pilot preparing for flight simulation in the chill chamber,  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 15 Oct 1943WAVES personnel putting on oxygen masks in preparation of flight simulation in chill chamber,  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 15 Oct 1943US Navy sailor helping a WAVES trainee pilot putting on her oxygen mask,  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 15 Oct 1943WAVES personnel receiving briefing in preparation of flight simulation in chill chamber, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 15 Oct 1943
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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