15 May 1944
  • Shokaku arrived at Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Hungarian Jews began to be deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Hans Speidel arranged a meeting between Erwin Rommel and anti-Hitler conspirators, but he would ultimately attend on his stead. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Chinese-American-Kachin force outside of Myitkyina, Burma transmitted the code phrase "strawberry sundae", signifying that it was in position to strike the Japanese-occupied city. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
Czechoslovakia Hawaii
  • US Navy 127th Construction Battalion relieved the 48th Construction Battalion in the work to build aviation gasoline facilities at Maui, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Maui | CPC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops pushed Japanese troops out of Potsangbam, 2 miles south of Bishenpur, India. To the north near Kohima, Indian 33rd Brigade captured Treasury Hill with little Japanese opposition. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Potsangbam, Manipur | CPC]
  • British 78th Division joined in on the attack of Cassino, Italy as German troops withdrew from Gustav Line to Hitler Line 30 miles to the south of Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | TH, CPC]
United States
  • Anti-submarine hunter-killer Task Group 22.3 departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States with Escort Carrier USS Guadalcanal as flagship and Captain Daniel V. Gallery in command. The remainder of the Task Group consisted of Destroyer Escorts, USS Pillsbury, USS Pope, USS Flaherty, USS Chatelain, and USS Jenks. ww2dbase [The Capture of the U-505 | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 15 May 1944
Dwight Eisenhower reviewing troops in England, United Kingdom, 15 May 1944Major General Edward Brooks (behind Eisenhower) demonstrating M1 Carbines to Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, and Omar Bradley, England, United Kingdom, 15 May 1944, photo 1 of 2Winston Churchill being shown various weapons, England, United Kingdom, 15 May 1944, photo 1 of 2; note Major General Edward Brooks in backgroundWinston Churchill being shown various weapons, England, United Kingdom, 15 May 1944, photo 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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