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15 Jul 1945
  • King Leopold of Belgium again refused to abdicate. ww2dbase [Leopold III | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-502 was commissioned into service at Singapore. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-501 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-505 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-506 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Becuna attacked a Japanese Otori-class torpedo boat without effect. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • USS Menhaden completed training in Lake Michigan in the United States. ww2dbase [Menhaden | CPC]
  • USS Cero rescued three downed US airmen off Japan. Later in the day, she bombarded the Japanese lighthouse and radio station at Shiriya Saki at Higashidori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
  • Corvettes HMCS Timmins and HMCS Thorlock were decommissioned at Sorel, Quebec, Canada. ww2dbase [Sorel, Quebec | CPC]
  • Corvette HMCS Midland was decommissioned at Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. ww2dbase [Sydney, Nova Scotia | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • Italy declared war on Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
  • American battleships USS Iowa, USS Missouri, and USS Wisconsin bombarded industrial targets at Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan; the main targets were Wanishi Iron Works plants and the Muroran Works. From the air, American naval aircraft attacked northern Honshu and Hokkaido, destroying railways and coal ferries. 104 US Army P-51 fighters based in Iwo Jima Meiji, Kagamigahara, Kowa, Akenogahara, Nagoya, and Suzuko, Japan. B-24 bombers attacked Tomitaka, Usa, Kikaiga-shima, Amami Islands, Yaku-shima, Osumi Islands, and Tamega Island. After sun down, American B-29 bombers mined Japanese waters at Naoetsu and Niigata and Korean waters at Najin, Busan, and Wonsan, while other B-29 bombers attacked and seriously damaged the Nippon Oil Company facilities at Kudamatsu in southwestern Japan. ww2dbase [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Shangri-La | Wisconsin | Missouri | Iowa | Muroran, Iburi | CPC]
  • Marquis Hironobu was made an instructor at the Japanese Navy Torpedo School. ww2dbase [Hironobu | CPC]
  • I-503 was attached to the Kure Naval District, though she would remain in the Mitsubishi shipyard at Kobe, Japan. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | Kobe, Hyogo | CPC]
  • USS St. Louis anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa ww2dbase [St. Louis | Buckner Bay, Okinawa | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank Japanese submarine I-351 in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 5 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Bluefish | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Chub departed Subic Bay in central Luzon, Philippine Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Chub | Olongapo, Zambales | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Jul 1945
Augusta steaming toward Antwerp, Belgium, 15 Jul 1945, as she carried President Harry S. Truman on his way to take part in the Potsdam conferenceUS Navy Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King and Commander R. E. Dornin climbing the steps to their quarters during Potsdam Conference, Germany, 15 Jul 1945US Navy FAdm KingAdmiral Harold Stark and General Dwight Eisenhower at Antwerp, Belgium, 15 Jul 1945, photo 1 of 2; they were awaiting the arrival of US President Harry Truman, en route for the Potsdam Conference
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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