15 Nov 1942
  • Captain Katsuji Hattori was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended in the early hours of the day, with the Americans fighting off the Japanese attack with effective use of radar; four surviving Japanese transports were able to accomplish their missions by delivering 2,000 troops to Guadalcanal, albeit without most of their heavy equipment. During the day, Henderson Field a Marine Corps Air Base and was placed under the command of Colonel William Fox. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied forces captured Derna, Libya, along with the nearby Martuba airfield, which immediately became the new forward base for conducting air operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British troops captured Tebarka, Tunisia and American paratroopers captured Youks-les-Bains, Algeria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers attacked the Buin-Faisi anchorage near the under-construction Japanese airfield at Munda Point, Bougainville, Solomon Islands; the attack resulted in minimal damage to the Japanese while two US aircraft were lost (1 to battle damage, another in an emergency landing on a beach). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl Burk was awarded the German Cross in Gold. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories France
  • Gabriel Auphan attempted, in failure, to convince Jean de Laborde to sail the French fleet out of Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In Britain, church bells pealed for the first time since Jun 1940 to celebrate Montgomery's British 8th Army's victory at El Alamein, Egypt. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • The TDN assault drone took its first flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Nov 1942
Two beached Japanese transports burning after US aerial attack near Tassafaroga, Guadalcanal, 15 Nov 1942Map depicting Japanese attack and withdraw over the Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea, 18 Sep-15 Nov 1942View of port side 40mm Bofors mount aboard USS North Carolina, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Nov 1942View of starboard side 40mm Bofors mount aboard USS North Carolina, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Nov 1942
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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