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15 Feb 1945
  • Rear Admiral Zensuke Kanome was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy 12th Air Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Kamikaze was detached from Operation Kita and was ordered to set sail for Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas and her bombardment group repeated their bombardment of southern Bataan, Luzon, Philippines in support of the troop landings at Mariveles Harbor on Bataan. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | DS]
Australia Baltic Sea
  • The 5,095-ton German ship MRS.11, built in 1935 and owned by Norddeutscher-Lloyd, struck a mine and sank off Swinem├╝nde, Germany (now Swinoujscie, Poland). ww2dbase [HM]
  • Tang Enbo was promoted to the rank of general. ww2dbase [Tang Enbo | CPC]
Germany Hawaii
  • USS Ancon departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Ancon | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • USS Shangri-La arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Shangri-La | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • The Ohka Model 22 variant design efforts began. ww2dbase [MXY7 Ohka | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 173 was launched. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Astoria's crew found out the task force was en route to attack Tokyo, Japan; the carrier fleet USS Astoria was escorting was to launch attack planes on the following day. ww2dbase [Astoria (Cleveland-class) | CPC]
  • Japanese Shinyo explosive motor-boats sank three American LCS(L) armoured support craft at Mariveles Harbour, Bataan, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Shinyo-class | Mariveles, Bataan | AC]
  • USS Portland entered Manila Bay, Luzon, Philippines, to support the landings to take place on Corregidor the following day. ww2dbase [Portland | Corregidor, Luzon | DS]
  • Destroyer USS Shaw arrived in Leyte Gulf and anchored in San Pedro Bay. ww2dbase [Shaw | San Pedro Bay, Leyte | DS]
  • Allied convoy JW-64 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
  • The Takao Prisoners of War Camp near Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan was closed; the prisoners were transported to Fukuoka, Japan in the preceding several weeks. ww2dbase [Takao | CPC]
  • Takao Naval Air Group was dissolved at Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan. ww2dbase [Takao Guard District | Takao | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The 2,628-ton Dutch tanker Liseta (Captain P. Buisman) was lost while searching for an anchoring place at Margate on the coast of Kent, England, United Kingdom. Most of the crew were saved by the destroyer HMS Holderness (L 48), but 16 were killed in the engine room where the torpedo struck. Later, part of the wreck was blown off during salvage in order to lift her. When the Liseta was lifted, she was repaired and put back into service. She was sold for scrap in Hong Kong in 1957. The tanker was reported as sunk by the German Seehund-type midget submarine U-5332, but the submarine did not report any attacks on this date. ww2dbase [Type XXVII | England | HM, CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 15 Feb 1945
Salmon underway at sea on 15 Feb 1945, while in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United StatesAboard USS Phoenix, US Navy Rear Admiral Russell S. Berkey spoke to HMAS Australia or Shropshire via an eletric megaphone during the bombardment of Corregidor, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 15 Feb 194African-American US Army WAC Major Charity E. Adams and Captain Abbie N. Campbell inspecting WAC members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, England, United Kingdom, 15 Feb 1945M3 Half-track vehicle of 16th Infantry Regiment, US 1st Infantry Division moving through a muddy road in the H├╝rtgen Forest, Germany, 15 Feb 1945
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