15 Oct 1942
  • Aircraft from carrier Shokaku and Zuikaku sank destroyer USS Meredith off San Cristobal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Commander Sakae Nakajima became the commanding officer of I-168. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack attacked a Japanese ship south of the Palau Islands; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Oppenheimer was appointed, by Leslie Groves, to coordinate the scientific research of the Manhattan Project at Site Y, a location yet to be finalized. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Alfred Jodl suggested to Adolf Hitler to order Vichy France to strengthen its defenses in North Africa as intelligence indicated a possible Allied attack; Hitler rejected the suggestion as he thought the Italians would object to any moves that strengthened France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet submarine ShCh-311 was attacked and sunk off Porkkala Peninsula in Kirkkonummi, Finland by Finnish patrol boats VMW-13 and VMW-15. ww2dbase [AC]
  • George Kenney and Kenneth Walker awarded US servicemen at Townsville and Mareeba in Australia. After the ceremonies, Kenney ordered Walker to use instantaneous fuses on aerials bombs, not delayed fuses that Walker had preferred. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • After a naval bombardment, 3,000 to 4,000 men of Japanese 230th and 16th Infantry Regiments landed at Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Despite interference from US Marine Corps SBD aircraft, 80% of the men and supplies successfully made to shore. With the arrival of these reinforcements, General Hyakutake ordered a new offensive against Henderson Field to take place on 18 Oct. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH]
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Chongqing, China or Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • Portland shelled Tarawa Atoll in the Gilberts. The Japanese on Tarawa then execute 22 captured Australian coast-watchers. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • German Stuka dive bombers of Luftflotte 4 flew 900 individual sorties against Soviet positions at the Stalingrad Tractor Factory in Stalingrad, Russia, wiping out several Soviet regiments. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe unit I./KG 100 (flying He 111 bombers) briefly returned to Stalino (now Donetsk), Ukraine to conduct three bombing raids on Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marble completed her repairs New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States and departed for South America. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1942
USS North Carolina at US Territory of Hawaii at dusk, 15 Oct 1942USS Ancon underway, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 15 Oct 1942

15 Oct 1942 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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