15 Oct 1944
  • Japanese Navy Captain Nobuei Morishita, commanding officer of Yamato, was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • Prinz Eugen collided with light cruiser Leipzig by accident north of Hela (Hel, Poland) in the Baltic Sea, causing light damage. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • Damaged German battleship Tirpitz set sail for Troms├Ş, Norway at the speed of 10 knots. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • USS Franklin was attacked by Japanese aircraft off of Luzon, Philippine Islands; 1 bomb hit and 2 near misses caused damage. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • Shortly after announcing that Hungary would withdraw from the war, Admiral Mikl├│s Horthy's son Mikl├│s Horthy, Jr. was abducted by Sturmbannf├╝hrer Otto Skorzeny's commandos. In Horthy's place, the new head of state, Fenenc Szalasi promised to maintain the alliance with Germany. Among the first pro-German policies implemented was the resumption of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. ww2dbase [Mikl├│s Horthy | TH]
  • Rear Admiral Masafumi Arima of the Japanese 26th Air Flotilla in the Philippine Islands attempted a special attack with a D4Y Suisei aircraft against an American carrier; it was said that "This act of self-sacrifice by a high flag officer spurred the flying units in forward combat areas and provided the spark that touched off the organized use of suicide attacks in the battle for Leyte." ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | CPC]
  • Submarine Carbonero was launched, sponsored by Mrs. S. S. Murray. ww2dbase [Carbonero | CPC]
  • 1st Lieutenant Hugh Foster, flying a P-47 fighter, damaged a Me 262 jet fighter. His fellow USAAF 78th Fighter Group pilot 2nd Lieutenant Huie Lamb, Jr., also flying a P-47 fighter, shot down a Me 262 jet fighter, flown by Feldwebel Edgar Junghans, during the same mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Raizo Tanaka was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Raizo Tanaka | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands where she refueled and departed bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • Four TDR drones were launched against Matupi Bridge, Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain as part of coordinated attack by conventional bombers against Simpson Harbor. Poor picture reception and pilot error resulted in none of the TDRs hitting their targets. ww2dbase [TDR | Rabaul, New Britain | DS]
Germany Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Kamoi was attacked by American fighters at Hong Kong at 1705 hours, but received no damage. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
  • Mikl├│s Horthy announced that Hungary and Soviet Union had signed an armistice and asked the Hungary troops to lay down their arms; the order was rejected by the Hungarian generals, and the troops continued to fight against the invading Soviets. ww2dbase [Budapest Strategic Offensive Operation | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 113 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Z35 and Z36 completed the escorting of heavy cruisers L├╝tzow and Prinz Eugen as the cruiser shelled Soviet targets in the areas of Klaip─Śda (German: Memel) and Liep─üja (German: Libau), Latvia. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | L├╝tzow | Z35 | Z36 | Klaip─Śda | CPC]
  • On or about this date, Masafumi Arima personally led a flight of special attack aircraft out of Clark Airfield, Luzon, Philippine Islands and never returned; it was unknown whether his flight was able to hit any targets. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | Pampanga | CPC]
  • A B-29 bomber of USAAF 468th Bombardment Group conducted a reconnaissance flight over Taichu Airfield ("Toyohara") in central Taiwan. It was discovered that a satellite airfield was being constructed to the west. ww2dbase [Taichu West Airfield | Taichu | CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1944
Browning M1919 machine gun crew of 2nd Battalion, US 26th Infantry in the streets of Aachen, Germany, 15 Oct 1944WAVES personnel putting on leather flight gear in preparation of a flight simulation,  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 15 Oct 1943Map depicting the American assault on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 15 Sep-15 Oct 1944King George VI of the United Kingdom knighting General Miles Dempsey, investing him as a Knight Commander in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath at MontgomeryÔÇÖs headquarters at Hamont-Achel, Belgium, 15 Oct 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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