15 Jan 1941
  • Overnight, Wellington bombers of No. 57 Squadron RAF attacked Emden, Germany while 76 RAF bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • British minelaying cruiser HMS Adventure hit a mine and became damaged in Liverpool Bay en route from Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom. She was towed into Liverpool for repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Luigi Torelli attacked an Allied convoy 350 miles west of Ireland, sinking Norwegian ship Brask (12 killed, 20 survived) and Greek ship Nemea (17 killed, 14 survived). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy formed the 11th Air Fleet with the 21st, 22nd, and 24th Air Flotillas with Vice Admiral Eikichi Katagiri in command and Rear Admiral Takijiro Onishi as his chief of staff. ww2dbase [Takijiro Onishi | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German merchant raider Pinguin captured Norwegian whalers Star XIX and Star XXIV in the South Atlantic 400 miles north of the Azores when the two ships were sailing from Montevideo, Uruguay to South Georgia. ww2dbase [Pinguin | HM]
  • Luigi Torelli sighted a small convoy and fatally damaged the Greek freighter Nemea (17 lost) and sank the Norwegian freighter Brask (12 of 32 lost) in the North Atlantic Ocean.52.75, -23.983333 ww2dbase [Luigi Torelli | CPC]
  • Leonardo da Vinci abandoned a chase of a reported Allied convoy in the Atlantic Ocean as her fuel was starting to run low. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
France French Indochina
  • Ships of the French Groupe Occasionnel squadron made rendezvous at 1600 hours 20 miles north of Poulo Condore (Con Dao) archipelago south of French Indochina, and began moving toward the Thai-Cambodian border at 2115 hours. ww2dbase [Franco-Thai War | Con Dao | CPC]
Greenland Iceland
  • In Iceland, 133 miles-per-hour winds sank three PBY Catalina aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-73 and sank two PBM Mariner aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-74. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy Genzan Air Group departed Genzan Airfield, Japanese-occupied Korea for Hankou, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Genzan Airfield | Genzan, Hamgyongnam | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-WeiƟenfeld achieved his second victory, shooting down a British Whitley bomber over northern Netherlands. ww2dbase [Egmont | CPC]

15 Jan 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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