15 Aug 1943
  • The Swedish government rescinded the previously given permission for German transports to cross Sweden. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The German Luftwaffe mounted the heaviest raid on Plymouth, England, United Kingdom in two years with 91 aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Supported by a massive bombardment from three battleships, cruisers and destroyers and under a protective umbrella of 170 aircraft, 35,000 American and Canadian troops stormed ashore on Kiska Island in the Aleutian Islands only to discover that the Japanese had fled nearly three weeks earlier. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Louis Mountbatten met with Winston Churchill; to Mountbatten's surprise, Churchill rejected his request for a sea-going command, and instead appointed him the Allied supreme commander of Southeast Asia. Mountbatten was promoted to the rank of acting admiral to serve in this position. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 151st Airborne Tank Company was established by the US Army with the responsibility to operate M22 Locust air-portable tanks. The US Staff, however, saw little purpose in air-lifting tanks to the battlefield and the unit would remain in the United States for the duration. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was named the commanding officer of the 2nd Group of Nachtjagdgeschwader 3. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria visited Adolf Hitler; during the visit, Boris refused to change Bulgaria's neutral stance toward the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 7 Ki-48 bombers and 34 Ki-43 fighters attacked the new US airfield at Tsili-Tsili, Australian Papua; the Americans did not detect the incoming aircraft until 0700 hours when the Japanese were only one mile away. A Japanese bomb hit the base chapel, killing the chaplain and 6 or 7 worshipers. The Japanese lost all 7 bombers while the Americans lost 4 P-39 fighters (1 killed) and 2 C-47 transport aircraft (17 killed). The Japanese failed to damage the airstrips. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The US Northern Landing Force attacked Japanese positions on Vella Lavella island in the Barakoma airfield region near New Georgia, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 8 Corsair fighters of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 strafed Kahili Airfield on Bougainville island in the Solomon Islands just before sunset. The Americans claimed 3 Japanese aircraft shot down and several more damaged on the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo attacked a freighter in the Sea of Japan; all four torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Ray completed its training in Lake Michigan in northern United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Ling was launched at the Cramp Shipbuilding Company facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Foy. ww2dbase [Main Article]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1943
Launching of large cruiser Alaska, Camden, New Jersey, United States, 15 Aug 1943Rear Admiral Robert Burnett greeting King George VI of the United Kingdom aboard HMS Belfast, Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 15 Aug 1943

15 Aug 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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