Events occurring on Wednesday, October 15, 1941  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The submarine U-553 began the onslaught against convoy SC 48 attacking the British motorship Silvercedar and Norwegian freighter Ila before the U-boat was driven off by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Columbia. The U-432, U-502, U-558 and U-568, followed by U-73, U-77, U-101 and U-751 would converge on the convoy. Consequently, U.S. Navy Task Unit 4.1.4, under command of Captain Hewlett Thebaud, comprised of four destroyers, was directed to proceed to convoy SC 48's aid as the west-bound convoy it had been escorting, ON 24, was dispersed.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy SC-48, the Norwegian steam merchant Ila was torpedoed and sunk by the U-553, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Karl Thurmann, in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 14 died and 7 survivors were picked up by the French corvette FFL Mimosa (K 11). The 1,583 ton Ila was carrying steel and general cargo and was bound for Glasgow, Scotland.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy SC-48, the British motor merchant Silvercedar was torpedoed and sunk by the U-553 in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 21 died and 26 survivors were picked up by the French corvette FFL Mimosa (K 11). The 4,354 ton Silvercedar was carrying general cargo and steel, including small tanks and a deck cargo of three aircraft and was bound for Liverpool, England.  
   
  The unescorted Canadian motor merchant Vancouver Island was torpedoed and sunk by the U-558, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Günther Krech, west of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. All 105 of the ship’s complement and passengers died. The 9,472 ton Vancouver Island was carrying passengers, general cargo, copper, aluminum, zinc, asbestos, and steel and was bound for Cardiff, Wales.  
   
  The Holocaust  
  German authorities announce that any Jews found outside of ghetto walls in Poland would be executed on sight.  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The submarine U-88 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Heino Bohmann.  
     
   
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