15 Oct 1942
  • Lieutenant Commander Sakae Nakajima became the commanding officer of I-168. ww2dbase [I-68/I-168 | 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 [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
  • Aircraft from carrier Shokaku and Zuikaku sank destroyer USS Meredith off San Cristobal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | 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 [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack attacked a Japanese ship south of the Palau Islands; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Skipjack | 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]
  • Dudley Morton was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Dudley Morton | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alpino Bagnolini sighted a ship on the horizon in the Atlantic Ocean at 1030 hours. At 1043 hours, she identified the target as a destroyer, and submerged to avoid detection. She lost hydrophone contact with the target at 1254 hours. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
  • 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 [George Kenney | Townsville, Queensland | 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 [Guadalcanal Campaign | Henderson Field | Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal | TH]
China Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • Portland shelled Tarawa Atoll in the Gilberts. The Japanese on Tarawa then execute 22 captured Australian coast-watchers. ww2dbase [Portland | Tarawa | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • While retiring from the Solomon Island area, USS Nicholas and the convoy she was escorting came under Japanese dive-bombing attack with no casualties. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | Nicholas | DS]
Russia Ukraine
  • 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 [Battle of Stalingrad | Stalino | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1942
USS North Carolina at US Territory of Hawaii at dusk, 15 Oct 1942German Lieutenant Colonel Karl Ens inspecting a 5 cm PaK 38 gun position, Egypt, mid-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
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