15 Apr 1943
  • Major General Hastings Ismay reported to Prime Minister Winston Churchill on German experiments with rockets. ww2dbase [Hastings Ismay | CPC]
  • RAF bombers conducted a raid on La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Tunny set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Baltimore was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Baltimore | CPC]
  • The American airfield on Banika Island of Russell Islands, Solomon Islands became operational. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Flight Lieutenant Mathews and Flying Officer H. D. Johnson (No. 91 Squadron RAF based at Hawkinge), acting as spotters to a USAAC sweep over Europe, came across a dinghy in the English Channel with two Thunderbolt aircraft circling around above. An Air-Sea-Rescue Walrus was duly scrambled which picked up Lieutenant Colonel Chesley G. Peterson, the most decorated officer in the USAAC. ww2dbase [AC]
  • William Halsey traveled to Brisbane, Australia aboard a PB2Y Coronado aircraft. ww2dbase [William Halsey | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 7th Fighter Squadron and 8th Fighter Squadron (both flying P-40 aircraft) of USAAF 49th Fighter Group were transferred from Port Moresby to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | CPC]
  • USS S-28 departed Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada for the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for overhaul. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired; the Japanese ship beached to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov was summoned to meet with Joseph Stalin. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
United States
  • US 17th Airborne Division was activated at Camp Mackall, North Carolina, United States under the command of the newly-promoted Major General William M. Miley. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) was commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Capt. Joseph J. "Jocko" Clark in command. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | J. J. Clark | Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1943
The National Ensign raised aboard submarine Skate, 15 Apr 1943; Seahorse at left & Sargo at rightUSS Yorktown departing Newport News, Virginia, United States en route to her commissioning ceremony, 15 Apr 1943The colors being hoisted for the first time aboard the USS Yorktown (Essex-class) during the ship’s commissioning ceremonies, 15 Apr 1943 at Norfolk, Virginia, United StatesPortside broadside view of USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Newport News, Virginia, United States, on her way to her commissioning ceremonies at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 Apr 1943

15 Apr 1943 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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