15 Jun 1943
  • USS Finback fired three torpedoes at a Japanese ship east of Philippine Islands; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hoe made a night time underwater torpedo attack, damaging a Japanese freighter with 1 out of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • More than 20 B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Lakunai airfield at Rabaul, New Britain before dawn. A J1N1 nightfighter (pilot Chief Flight Officer Satoru Ono, observer Lieutenant (jg) Kisaku Hamano) shot down one bomber, while two B-24 bombers fired on each other over Rabaul in confusion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • B-17 bomber "R. F. D. Tojo" conducted a photographic reconnaissance mission over Buka in the Solomon Islands. It successfully made two passes over the Japanese base, but all film would turn out to be bad upon its return. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • The world's first turbojet reconnaissance bomber, the Arado Ar 234V-1 Blitz (GK-IV), made its maiden flight at Rheine, Germany with Flugkapitän Selle in the cockpit. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Marshall Islands New Hebrides
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 returned to the front lines from a month of rest at Efate, New Hebrides, transferring to Turtle Bay fighter strip on Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gunnel sank Japanese cargo ship Kayo Maru in the East China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Cumberland arrived at Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Jun 1943
Air crew posing on Jeep in front of B-17F Pilot 1st Lt James M. Smith (right) and Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Fred N. Dibble in the cockpit of B-17F

15 Jun 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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