15 May 1944
  • Shokaku arrived at Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hungarian Jews began to be deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Over the following three days, about 7,500 prisoners of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia were transferred to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland; part of the reason was to relieve Theresienstadt's overcrowded condition in preparation of a visit by the International Red Cross and the Danish Red Cross in the following month. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • 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 [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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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
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