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15 Sep 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • USS S-28 suffered severe smoking and sparking from her port main motor, which took 14 hours to repair. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini arrived at Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany after his rescue. While there, he announced the establishment of a new Italian republic to continue the fight against the Allies. ww2dbase [Operation Eiche | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny flew from Munich, Germany to East Prussia, Germany; on the same flight were Ambassador Dörnberg and Ernst Kaltenbrunner. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • Escort carrier Wake Island was launched, sponsored by the wife of Rear Admiral Frederick Sherman. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Submarine Pintado was launched, sponsored by Mrs. Antonio Prince. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • The veteran pilots of the German Luftwaffe's JG 51 "Mölders" fighter unit record their 7,000th combat kill. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Bailey departed San Francisco bound for San Diego, California. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS Nicholas transferred her doctor and 2 pharmacist mates to SS Ambrose Pierce to tend to a man stricken with appendicitis. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • B-24 bombers, escorted by Corsair fighters of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214, flew a photographic reconnaissance mission over Choiseul, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Choiseul | CPC]
France Germany
  • To combat the growing strength of Allied bombing attacks the Luftwaffe reorganised its air defences into two territorial fighter commands; one in then Reich and the other in western occupied territories. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | AC]
Hawaii Italy
  • US airborne troops (325th Glider Infantry Regiment and 3rd Battalion of 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment) arrived near Paestum, Italy by sea. Elsewhere, the German occupation administration of Italy announced the death penalty for any Italians seen with firearms. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | TH, CPC]
  • USS Ancon arrived off Salerno, Italy and transferred naval ammunition she had taken on in Palermo, Italy to nearby ships. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | Ancon | Salerno, Campania | CPC]
  • USS Harder attacked a Japanese patrol craft in the Izu Islands, Japan; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Harder | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1943
Launching of submarine Pintado, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 15 Sep 1943Rear Admiral Alan Kirk inspecting the crew of USS Ancon, Sep 1943USS Yorktown (Essex-class) steaming across San Francisco Bay with a deck load of Jeeps, Dodge WC51 weapons carriers, and other vehicles, 15 Sep 1943.

15 Sep 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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