15 Oct 1944
  • Japanese Navy Captain Nobuei Morishita, commanding officer of Yamato, was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Prinz Eugen collided with light cruiser Leipzig by accident north of Hela (Hel, Poland) in the Baltic Sea, causing light damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Damaged German battleship Tirpitz set sail for Tromsø, Norway at the speed of 10 knots. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Franklin was attacked by Japanese aircraft off of Luzon, Philippine Islands; 1 bomb hit and 2 near misses caused damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Carbonero was launched, sponsored by Mrs. S. S. Murray. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Shortly after announcing that Hungary would withdraw from the war, Admiral Miklós Horthy's son Miklós Horthy, Jr. was abducted by Sturmbannführer 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
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 [Main Article | DS]
  • Two BQ-7 drones successfully reached the Helgoland archipelago, but missed the German submarine base due to poor weather conditions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Kete arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Aircraft storage area of 150 acres near Iroquois Point opened. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Hong Kong Hungary
  • Miklós 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 113 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Rettendon, Essex, England, United Kingdom. The village pub was damaged and two were slightly injured. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • A total of 9 V-1 flying bombs were air launched over the East Anglian coast of Britain. One got through the defensive cordon and came down in the London Borough of Southwark at the junction of Athenlay Road and Fernholm Road killing 8 residents. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
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 Montgomery’s 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
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