15 Aug 1944
  • USS Trepang departed for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Colonel General Gotthard Heinrici replaced Erhard Raus as the commander of the German 1.Panzerarmee. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, began. On the same day, Saint-Tropez, Var, France was captured by the 15th Infantry Regiment of 3rd US Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, AC]
  • Feldwebel Helmut Lennartz scored the Luftwaffe's first Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter kill on an American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Lennartz survived the war with eight Me 262 and five Bf 109 victories to his name. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Japanese Navy 11th Air Fleet was reorganized to contain the 958th Air Group and the 105th Air Base Unit. The 13th Air Fleet was reorganized tow contain one air flotilla, one air group, and two air base units. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa was named the commanding officer of the 3rd Southern Expeditionary Fleet while still holding command of the Southwest Area Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Gloire arrived off southern France in support of Operation Dragoon. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • USS Marblehead bombarded Axis positions near Saint-Raphaël, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Matthew Urban was wounded in combat in France. ww2dbase [Main Article | JR]
  • German He 117 Greif bombers from Schwäbisch Hall, Germany were attacked by a P-61 Black Window fighter of US 422nd Night Fighter Squadron in the skies north of Harfleur, France. A tail gunner from one of the bombers hit the American aircraft and set an engine ablaze. The pilot, Second Lieutenant Al Gordon reached his base but crashed on the runway; somehow Gordon and his co-pilot survived with minor injuries. He reported the in future he was going to be a little more cautious. ww2dbase [HM]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Night Fighting Squadron 78 (VF(N)-78) departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze completed her repairs at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 109 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Rear Admiral Chitoshi Ishizuka was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy JW-59 departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom; it was consisted of 33 freighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1944
African-American US Army nurses waiting to disembark from the transport that brought them to Greenock, Scotland, UK, 15 Aug 1944German Panzer V Panther Ausf. A tank during the retreat from Romania to Hungary, Aug-Sep 1944Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber over Warsaw, Poland during the Warsaw Uprising, Aug 1944USS Kete underway in Lake Michigan, United States, 15 Aug 1944
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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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