15 May 1943
  • USS Gar attacked a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Islands, sinking cargo ships Moikai Maru and Indus Maru, hitting them with four of the twelve torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Stalin dissolved the Comintern. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British Admiral Andrew Cunningham announced that "the passage through the Mediterranean was clear", and convoys from Gibraltar to Alexandria, Egypt resumed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • An American reconnaissance aircraft detected German submarine U-176 off Havana, Cuba. Nearby Cuban submarine chaser CS-13, escorting two freighters, was notified and closed in, attacking with depth charges and sinking U-176, killing the entire crew. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Famed Polish Jewish violinist Henri Czaplinski (aka. Genrikh Maksimovich Chaplinsky in Soviet documents) who had fought with Byelorussian partisans but now in Soviet captivity, was reported by Panteleimon Ponomarenko and Lavrentiy Tsanava to be a possible German spy. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 432nd Fighter Squadron (flying P-38 aicraft) of USAAF 475th Fighter Group was transferred to Dobodura No. 15 airstrip of Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • Japanese troops surrounded Chinese troops near Baiyang, Hunan Province, China, inflicting heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down four P-40 fighters over Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, increasing his score to 40. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii Japan New Hebrides
  • Pilots of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 were transferred to Efate, New Hebrides for rest after serving 8 weeks in combat capacity. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale arrived off Wake Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe I./KG 55, flying He 111 bombers, departed from Sarabuz Russkiy Airfield in Krym, Russia for Stalino (now Donetsk), Ukraine. The transfer was in response to the Soviet counter-offensive toward Kharkov, Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 May 1943
American troops traveling across snow and ice during the Battle of Attu Island, May 1943Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands seen through the periscope of USS Pollack, mid-May 1943Message from George Marshall and Ernest King to US military personnel returning from war zones, 15 May 1943, page 1 of 2Message from George Marshall and Ernest King to US military personnel returning from war zones, 15 May 1943, page 2 of 2
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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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