15 Jan 1945
  • German report noted that the total number of prisoners in concentration camps was 714,211; there were about 40,000 guards at the camps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 36 US Navy F4U fighters and several New Zealand fighters took off from Green Islands east of Australian Papua and attacked the Toboi wharf area of Rabaul, New Britain and the nearby floatplane anchorage. 7 aircraft were lost to poor weather en route back to Green Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Libelle was renamed Jagd. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland to move from East Prussia, Germany to Poland to counter the Soviet Vistula-Oder Offensive. This counterattack would be repulsed by the Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler departed the Adlerhorst headquarters in Wetterau, Germany, returning to Berlin. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina reached Eydtkuhnen, Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany (now Chernyshevskoye, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Whale arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Hong Kong
  • Allied aircraft attacked Japanese shipping in Hong Kong. ww2dbase [CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Sunfish departed Majuro, Marshall Islands for her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Taiwan, hitting Kaneka Soda Company chemical plant (mis-identified as a magnesium plant) in Tainan, among other targets. 1 aircraft was lost on this day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS, CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids on Formosa (Taiwan) and Canton (Guangzhou) in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • The Inrin Temporary Prisoners of War Camp in central Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Rainham, London, England, United Kingdom at about 2345, killing 14 and seriously injuring 4. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • USS Iowa arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Jan 1945
Australian Boomerang fighter of No. 5 Squadron RAAF taxiing past RNZAF F4U-1 Corsair fighters, Cape Torokina, Bouganville, Solomon Islands, 15 Jan 1945Lt Fred Eberle of the USAAF 333rd Fighter Squadron nursing his damaged P-38 Lighting back to Saipan after receiving battle damage over Iwo Jima, 15 Jan 1945. Photo taken from an accompanying B-24 Liberator.HMS Formidable berthed at the Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, circa Jan 1945Underside view of B-24L Liberator “Flying Ass” of the 451st Bomb Group just prior to bomb release over railroad yards in Vienna, Austria, 15 Jan 1945.
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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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