15 Jul 1945
  • USS Cero rescued three downed US airmen off Japan. Later in the day, she bombarded the Japanese lighthouse and radio station at Shiriya Saki at Higashidori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Becuna attacked a Japanese Otori-class torpedo boat without effect. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Menhaden completed training in Lake Michigan in the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italy declared war on Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
  • King Leopold of Belgium again refused to abdicate. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-502 was commissioned into service at Singapore. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-501 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-505 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-506 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
Canada
  • Corvettes HMCS Timmins and HMCS Thorlock were decommissioned at Sorel, Quebec, Canada. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Corvette HMCS Midland was decommissioned at Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched strikes on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • American battleships USS Iowa, USS Missouri, and USS Wisconsin bombarded industrial targets at Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan; the main targets were Wanishi Iron Works plants and the Muroran Works. From the air, American naval aircraft attacked northern Honshu and Hokkaido, destroying railways and coal ferries. 104 US Army P-51 fighters based in Iwo Jima Meiji, Kagamigahara, Kowa, Akenogahara, Nagoya, and Suzuko, Japan. B-24 bombers attacked Tomitaka, Usa, Kikaiga-shima, Amami Islands, Yaku-shima, Osumi Islands, and Tamega Island. After sun down, American B-29 bombers mined Japanese waters at Naoetsu and Niigata and Korean waters at Najin, Busan, and Wonsan, while other B-29 bombers attacked and seriously damaged the Nippon Oil Company facilities at Kudamatsu in southwestern Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Marquis Hironobu was made an instructor at the Japanese Navy Torpedo School. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank Japanese submarine I-351 in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 5 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Chub departed Subic Bay in central Luzon, Philippine Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Jul 1945
Augusta steaming toward Antwerp, Belgium, 15 Jul 1945, as she carried President Harry S. Truman on his way to take part in the Potsdam conferenceUS Navy Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King and Commander R. E. Dornin climbing the steps to their quarters during Potsdam Conference, Germany, 15 Jul 1945US Navy FAdm KingAdmiral Harold Stark and General Dwight Eisenhower at Antwerp, Belgium, 15 Jul 1945, photo 1 of 2; they were awaiting the arrival of US President Harry Truman, en route for the Potsdam Conference
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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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