15 Sep 1940
  • German submarine U-99 attacked Canadian ship Kenordoc with the deck gun 200 miles northwest of Ireland just after midnight, killing 7 and wounding 13; heavily damaged, she would later be scuttled by Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Laurent and British destroyer HMS Amazon after the destroyers took the survivors aboard. German submarine U-48 sank British sloop HMS Dundee northwest of Ireland at 0025 hours; 12 were killed and 83 were rescued. At 0123 hours, U-48 attacked Greek ship Alexandros with a torpedo, killing 5; 23 survivors were rescued by destroyer HMS Wanderer. At 0300 hours, U-48 yet attacked again, sinking British ship Empire Volunteer; 6 were killed and 33 were rescued. 180 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom at 0605 hours, German submarine U-65 sank Norwegian ship Hird; the entire crew of 30 survived, rescued by Icelandic trawler ├×├│r├│lfur. ww2dbase┬á[First Happy Time | CPC]
  • British Sergeant John Hannah, age 18, of RAF Scampton (today home to the Red Arrows display team) won the Victoria Cross for beating out flames with his bare hands to save his damaged Hampden bomber. ww2dbase┬á[AC]
  • British RAF attacked German launching points for the invasion of Britain. ww2dbase┬á[CPC]
  • Douglas Bader shot down a German Do 17 aircraft and damaged a Do 17 aircraft and a Ju 88 aircraft over southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase┬á[Douglas Bader | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland reports operation cancelled when French ships entered Dakar. HMS Cumberland carried out surveillance. ww2dbase┬á[Cumberland | DS]
  • U-56 arrived at Kiel, Germany and ended her twelfth patrol. ww2dbase┬á[U-56 | CPC]
China Germany
  • Battleship Bismarck departed Hamburg, Germany for the first time. At 1658 hours, while steaming down the Elbe River, she collided with bow tug Atlantik without damage. At 1902, she anchored in Brunsb├╝ttel roads. During the night, she fired 13 10.5cm, 136 3.7 cm, and 191 2cm shells during a British air raid, without any hits. ww2dbase┬á[Bismarck | Hamburg | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille scored his fourth kill, a British Hurricane fighter, over southeastern London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase┬á[Hans-Joachim Marseille | London, England | CPC]
  • At 1130 hours, 250 German bombers with fighter escort crossed the English Channel, with 100 of them targeting London, England, United Kingdom. At 1430 hours, another 250 bombers arrived in 2 waves, with 70 of them reaching London. At 1600 and 1800 hours, the aircraft factory at Woolston in Southampton, building Spitfire fighters, was bombed, but with little damage. On this day, 56 German aircraft and 29 British aircraft were shot down; 136 German airmen were killed or captured and 12 British pilots were killed. Overnight, the German Luftwaffe conducted heavy bombing raids over Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Southampton. ww2dbase┬á[Battle of Britain | England | TH]
  • James Lacey shot down a German He 111 bomber and three Bf 109 fighters over Britain. ww2dbase┬á[James Lacey | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1940
French civilians watching regimental colors being transferred onto ships bound for French Algeria, La Canebi├Ęre, Marseille, 15 Sep 1940Battleship Bismarck at Brunsb├╝ttel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 15 Sep 1940A tugboat guiding Bismarck at Brunsb├╝ttel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 15 Sep 1940, photo 1 of 7A tugboat guiding Bismarck at Brunsb├╝ttel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 15 Sep 1940, photo 2 of 7
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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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