15 Sep 1942
  • Pringle was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied forces attacked Jalo, Libya after sun down; the Germans, who had learned of this attack, repulse the initial attack with ease. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese battleships bombarded American positions on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet destroyers Gremyashchy, Sokrushitelny, Uritsky, and Kuibyshev joined Allied convoy PQ-18. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-514 sank British ship Kioto near the coast of Tobago island at 1517 hours; 20 were killed, 54 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US bombers from the newly-completed airfield at Adak, Aleutian Islands attacked Japanese positions on Kiska. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-68 sank Dutch ship Breedijk 450 miles northeast of Ascension Island at 0058 hours; 2 were killed, 37 survived. At 0714 hours, U-515 sank Norwegian merchant ship Sørholt 100 miles east of Trinidad; 7 were killed, 31 survived. At 1833 hours, U-517 attacked Allied convoy SQ-36 with 4 torpedoes at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, Canada, sinking Norwegian ship Inger Elisabeth (3 were killed, 23 survived) and Dutch ship Saturnus (1 was killed, 35 survived. German submarine U-261 was attacked and sunk by a British Whitley bomber 100 miles southwest of the Faroe Islands; all aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At 1130 hours, U-506, U-507, and Italian submarine Cappellini arrived in waters 290 miles northeast of Ascension Island to help U-156 in the rescue of survivors of British troopship Laconia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Both the Japanese and the Australians brought up reserve units in the engagement at Ioribaiwa Ridge along the Kokoda Track in Australian Papua, 25 miles north of Port Moresby. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Helena rescued nearly 400 survivors of sunken USS Wasp in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Egypt
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down four P-40 fighters and three Hurricane fighters between 1651 and 1702 hours southwest of El Alamein, Egypt, bringing his score up to 151 kills. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 12 British Boston bombers attacked Cherbourg, France, sinking whaling factory ship Solglint in the harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian frogmen entered Gibraltar harbor and attached limpet mines on British ship Ravens Point, causing her to sink in shallow water shortly after. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • General Order No. 4 issued at Ramgarh Training Center in India established a headquarters, a headquarters detachment, an infantry section, an artillery section, and a Chinese language section. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Eiji Goto was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • French submarine Junon landed 10 British commandos and 2 Norwegian soldiers at the village of Glomfjord, Norway at 2115 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-19 sank USS Wasp (3 torpedo hits; 194 were killed, 1,969 survived) in the Coral Sea at 1444 hours; USS North Carolina and USS O'Brien were also damaged in the attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • German infantry made repeated assaults at the Mamayev Kurgan hill in Stalingrad, Russia without success; heavy fighting caused heavy casualties on both sides. Elsewhere in the city, German infantry advanced down the Tsaritsa River gorge toward the Volga River. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1942
Destroyer OU-156 and U-507 with survivors of RMS Laconia in the Atlantic Ocean, 15 Sep 1942German U-156 with its decks crowded with survivors from the British RMS Laconia prior to the submarine being attacked by an American bomber, Sep 15, 1942.Wasp (Wasp-class) burning and listing after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-19 in the South Pacific, 15 Sep 1942. Photo 1 of 2.
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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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