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15 Jan 1943
  • The keel of submarine Tang was laid down. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • Konstantin Rokossovsky was promoted to the rank of colonel general. ww2dbase [Konstantin Rokossovsky | CPC]
  • USAAF B-24 bombers attacked a Japanese convoy 200 miles south-southwest of Rangoon, Burma, sinking Nichimei Maru. Unknown to the American airmen, the transport was carrying Allied prisoners of war, 500 of whom would be lost in the sinking. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US 2nd Marine Regiment departed Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands for New Zealand. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel for submarine Manta was laid down. ww2dbase [Manta | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho was assigned to the 3rd Force of the Mobile Force Training Force. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • 2 companies of "Loreto" combat engineers battalion of the Italian Air Force were transferred by ship from Sicily, Italy to Tunis, Tunisia; the remaining two companies of the 1st Air Force Assault Regiment "Amedeo d'Aosta" would remain in Sicily to repair airfields. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German aircraft raided Telepte Airfield in Tunisia three times and Youks-les-Bains Airfield in Algeria once. A total of 15 German aircraft were shot down during these attacks, four of which were claimed by Captain Carmon B. Boone of 59th Fighter Squadron of USAAF 33rd Fighter Group, flying a P-40 fighter. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal and USAAF B-17 bombers attacked a convoy of nine Japanese destroyers northeast of New Georgia, Solomon Islands; four Japanese destroyers were damaged. A lone B-17 bomber attacked the Japanese airfield on Ballale island, Solomon Islands. To the north in the Caroline Islands, three transports escorted by destroyers departed from Truk for Bougainville with Japanese Army troops transferred from China. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • P-40F fighters of US 68th Fighter Squadron intercepted a group of Japanese destroyers off Faisi in the Solomon Islands. In the subsequent engagement, the US fighters shot down nine Japanese F1M float biplanes, three of which by Lieutenant Lloyd G. Huff. ww2dbase [Faisi | CPC]
New Caledonia
  • Destroyer USS Shaw was pulled off the Sournois Reef outside NoumĂ©a, New Caledonia by tugs USS Menominee and Sonoma. ww2dbase [Shaw | NoumĂ©a | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired four torpedoes at a Japanese submarine in the Solomon Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Grayback | Solomon Sea | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 15 Jan 1943
African-American office worker Clara Camille Carroll at a government office in Washington DC, United States, 15 Jan 1943Grant tanks being carried on Diamond T Model 980 tank transporters along the coast road, Libya, 15 Jan 1943USS Iowa at the New York Naval Shipyard, New York, United States, 15 Jan 1943, photo 1 of 2USS Iowa at the New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 15 Jan 1943, photo 2 of 2

15 Jan 1943 Interactive Map

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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