15 Mar 1942
  • US Army General MacArthur departed Philippine Islands by B-17 bomber for Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler predicted a victory over the Soviet Union by the end of the summer of 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British cruisers HMS Dido and HMS Euryalus bombarded the Greek island of Rhodes. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British tanker British Resource, fatally damaged by German submarine U-124 on the previous day, sank. After dawn, a PBO-1 Hudson aircraft flying cover for Allied convoy ON-72 sank German submarine U-503 245 miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland, killing the entire crew of 51. At 0604 hours, U-158 sank US tanker Olean 15 kilometers southeast of Swansboro, North Carolina, United States; 6 were killed, 36 survived. At 0722 hours, U-158 struck again in the same area, sinking US tanker Ario; 7 were killed, 26 survived. Italian submarine Tazzoli sank British ship Athelqueen 270 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, United States (3 were killed, 46 survived), but would collide with the wreck of Athelqueen, forcing her to end her patrol early for repairs in Bordeaux, France. At about 1200 hours, U-161 sank US Coast Guard lighthouse tender Acacia with her surface guns; all 36 aboard survived and were rescued by destroyer USS Overton. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Harold Alexander admitted to Joseph Stilwell that the British had only 4,000 well-equipped fighting men in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-161 sank US Coast Guard lighthouse tender Acacia with her surface guns south of Haiti; all 36 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-210 became missing while operating off Cape Shabla, Bulgaria; she had likely struck a Romanian naval mine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Air Force 67th Pursuit Squadron arrived at New Caledonia, along with a force of 45 P-40 fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Nine Japanese bombers attacked Madang, Australian Territory of New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Dutch East Indies Poland
  • At Auschwitz I Concentration Camp, 28 prisoners died in the hospital. At Auschwitz II-Birkenau, SS guards killed 131 prisoners without reason before noon, and in the afternoon about 250 prisoners (including 103 Soviet prisoners of war) died from wounds sustained during torture. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Nachi arrived at Mako, Pescadores Islands, Taiwan. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The Heito Prisoners of War Camp, also known as Taiwan Prisoners of War Camp No. 3, was closed in southern Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German motor torpedo boats attacked British coastal convoy FS749 20 miles off of England, United Kingdom in the North Sea, sinking destroyer HMS Vortigern; 110 were killed, 14 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German motor torpedo boats attacked British coastal convoy FS749 20 miles off the English coast in the North Sea, with S-104 sinking British destroyer HMS Vortigern; 110 were killed, 14 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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