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15 Apr 1943
  • Major General Hastings Ismay reported to Prime Minister Winston Churchill on German experiments with rockets. ww2dbase [Hastings Ismay | CPC]
  • RAF bombers conducted a raid on La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Tunny set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Baltimore was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Baltimore | CPC]
  • The American airfield on Banika Island of Russell Islands, Solomon Islands became operational. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Flight Lieutenant Mathews and Flying Officer H. D. Johnson (No. 91 Squadron RAF based at Hawkinge), acting as spotters to a USAAC sweep over Europe, came across a dinghy in the English Channel with two Thunderbolt aircraft circling around above. An Air-Sea-Rescue Walrus was duly scrambled which picked up Lieutenant Colonel Chesley G. Peterson, the most decorated officer in the USAAC. ww2dbase [AC]
Australia
  • William Halsey traveled to Brisbane, Australia aboard a PB2Y Coronado aircraft. ww2dbase [William Halsey | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 7th Fighter Squadron and 8th Fighter Squadron (both flying P-40 aircraft) of USAAF 49th Fighter Group were transferred from Port Moresby to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | CPC]
Canada
  • USS S-28 departed Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada for the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for overhaul. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired; the Japanese ship beached to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Russia
  • Viktor Abakumov was summoned to meet with Joseph Stalin. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
United States
  • US 17th Airborne Division was activated at Camp Mackall, North Carolina, United States under the command of the newly-promoted Major General William M. Miley. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) was commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Capt. Joseph J. "Jocko" Clark in command. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | J. J. Clark | Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1943
The National Ensign raised aboard submarine Skate, 15 Apr 1943; Seahorse at left & Sargo at rightUSS Yorktown departing Newport News, Virginia, United States en route to her commissioning ceremony, 15 Apr 1943Portside broadside view of USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Newport News, Virginia, United States, on her way to her commissioning ceremonies at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 Apr 1943

15 Apr 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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