Events occurring on Saturday, May 15, 1943  
  Strategic Conferences  
  The Trident Conference in Washington D.C. continued.  
  The Central Pacific Theater  
  USAAF B-24 Liberators, flying from Midway Island, bombed Wake Island.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted Greek steam merchant Maroussio Logothetis was torpedoed and sunk by the U-105, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Nissen, off the coast of Africa in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 27 died and 12 survived. The 4,669 ton Maroussio Logothetis was carrying iron and was headed for the United Kingdom.  
  The unescorted Irish steam merchant Irish Oak was torpedoed and sunk by the U-607, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Wolf Jeschonnek, in the central Atlantic Ocean. The 5,589 ton Irish Oak was headed for Dublin, Ireland.  
  Allied Submarine Action in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Gar (SS 206), commanded by Lt. Commander Philip D. Quirk, attacked a Japanese convoy screened by the escort vessel IJN Matsuwa and torpedoed and sank the 3,197 ton Japanese transport ship Meikai Maru and the 4,361 ton Japanese transport ship Indus Maru between Dumali Point, Mindoro and Marinduque Island, Philippine Islands.  
  The United States Navy  
  The U.S. Naval Advanced Base and U.S. Naval Air Facility, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, were established.  
  The U.S. Naval Air Station, Adak, Aleutians, was established.  
  In Other News  
  A declaration of the Executive Committee of the Comintern was sent out to all sections of the International, calling for the dissolution of the organization. After endorsements of the declaration were received from the member sections, the International was dissolved. Read the declaration.  
  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 destroyer USS Izard (DD 589) was commissioned.  
The destroyer escort USS Bebas (DE 10) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander George B. Gilbertson.
  The destroyer escort USS Le Hardy (DE 20) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Jack H. Prause.  
  May 1943 Calendar  
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