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15 Sep 1945
  • The British published a captured Gestapo "death list" of 2,300 British and Allied figures should Germany had won the war. It included Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Neville Chamberlain, Lady Astor, Lord Baden-Powell, Noel Coward, Sigmund Freud, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Jacob Epstein, most newspaper proprietors and editors and the leaders of the French, Polish and Czech governments in exile. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Submarine I-369 was removed from the Japanese Navy List. ww2dbase [I-369 | CPC]
  • SB No. 125 (formerly landing ship No. 110) was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Manila Bay and then shifted to Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Dutch East Indies
  • A British naval squadron arrived in waters off of the port of Tanjung Priok near Jakarta, Indonesia, carrying British personnel tasked with the rescue of prisoners of war and Dutch personnel tasked with the restoration of the colonial administration. Local Japanese commanders, including Admiral Todashi Maeda, immediately surrendered themselves. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | Tanjung Priok, Java | CPC]
  • Teuku Daud Cumbok, governor of Lammeulo in Aceh in northern Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, contacted Allied authorities, explaining why war-time collaboration with the Japanese was necessary and expressing his sentiment against the Indonesian nationalist movement. ww2dbase [Sumatra | CPC]
French Indochina
  • French troops entered Pakse, Laos, French Indochina at the invitation of Champassak Prince Boun Oum. ww2dbase [Pakse, Laos | CPC]
  • Prince Petsarath Ratanavongsa of Luang Phrabang again announced his intention to unite all Lao provinces into a single state free of French influence. He also announced a new currency and a new tax regime independent of French laws. ww2dbase [Ratanavongsa Phetsarath | Luang Phrabang, Laos | CPC]
  • Elements of the USAAF 49th Fighter Group was assigned to Atsugi Airfield in Japan. ww2dbase [Atsugi Airfield | Ayase, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 147 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 172 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • The incomplete landing ship No. 175 was destroyed by typhoon. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • I-14 was struck from the Japanese Naval List. ww2dbase [I-14 | CPC]
  • The Financial Secretary of Malaya urged non-Japanese banks to resume operations. To provide banks with working capital, the British administration deposited up to 5% of pre-war deposit amounts into interest-bearing accounts. Additionally, the administration offered loans to banks at 3% interest. ww2dbase [CPC]
Panama Canal Zone Singapore
  • HMS Activity departed Singapore for Trincomalee, Ceylon with former prisoners of war on board. ww2dbase [Activity | Singapore | CPC]
United States
  • American Manhattan Project physicist Harry Daghlian, Jr., after receiving a fatal dose of radiation during an accident on 21 Aug, died from radiation poisoning in Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States. ww2dbase [Harry Daghlian | Los Alamos, New Mexico | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort requested sea duty, listing service aboard a cruiser as his preference. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Washington | CPC]
  • USS Ling began a post-shakedown-repair trial cruise. ww2dbase [Ling | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1945
Carriers Saratoga, Enterprise, Hornet, and San Jacinto, Alameda, California, Sep 1945Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team at an awards ceremony at Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team marching at a review, Livorno, Italy, Sep 1945, photo 1 of 2Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team marching at a review, Livorno, Italy, Sep 1945, photo 2 of 2
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