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15 Aug 1941
  • Orion reached Spanish territorial waters and disguised herself as the Spanish ship Contramestre Casado. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur oversaw the induction of the Philippine Army Air Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Germany it became a criminal offence for Jews not to wear the yellow Star of David. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United Kingdom
  • German parachutist Josef Jakobs, captured in Britain on 1 Feb 1941, was executed by firing squad at the Tower of London in England, United Kingdom at 0715 hours. He was the last person to be executed at that site. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1941
Douglas MacArthur at the induction ceremony of Philippine Army Air Corps, Zablan Field, Camp Murphy, Rizal, Philippine Islands, 15 Aug 1941; behind MacArthur, left to right: Richard Sutherland, Harold George, William Marquat, LeGrande DillerCaptured German Ju 88 aircraft on display in Sverdlov Square, Moscow, Russia, 15 Aug 1941

15 Aug 1941 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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