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15 Nov 1940
  • Captain Tamotsu Furukawa was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. The ship was officially re-rated as a flying boat tender on this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to the rank of admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A convoy of 5 transports, escorted by British warships, departed from Alexandra, Egypt for Pireaus, Greece, carrying 4,230 troops, 700 trucks, gasoline, and other supplies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-65 sank British ship Kohinur 200 miles southwest of Sierra Leone at 1511 hours; 17 were killed. As Norwegian tanker HavbÝr stopped to pick up the 68 survivors, U-65 attacked her with a torpedo at 1816 hours, igniting her cargo of 11,500 tons of cruide oil, killing 28 of her crew and 31 survivors of Kohinur. Only 36 from Kohinur and 4 from HavbÝr would ultimately survive. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British tug HMS Guardsman hit a mine and sank in the mouth of the Thames Estuary, England, United Kingdom, killing 2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became the commanding officer of Japanese Navy Destroyer Squadron 6. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Vice Admiral Teruhisa Komatsu succeeded Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • A heavy British air raid on Hamburg, Germany caused extensive damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan
  • Akagi was assigned as special duty ship in Yokosuka Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Tenryu began a period of modernization, replacing her coal boilers and receiving better anti-aircraft weaponry. Captain Yuji Takahishi was named her new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Tamotsu Takama was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Tsunejiro Ishii was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Rear Admiral Shigeki Ando was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy Genzan Air Group was established at Genzan Airfield, Japanese-occupied Korea. The unit began its service as a part of the Second Air Fleet, with 33 G3M1 bombers and 25 A5M4 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • The Warsaw ghetto in Poland was sealed from the rest of the city, enclosing 400,000 Jews inside. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]

15 Nov 1940 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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