15 May 1941

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Iraq

Active German intervention in Iraq begins when Heinkel He 111s attack part of Habforce

North Africa

Operation Brevity: British recapture Sollum and Halfaya Pass

French Empire

Petain accepts Hitler's terms for the status of French North Africa

Technology

The Gloster E.28/39, Britain's first jet aircraft, makes its official first flight. The flight lasts for seventeen minutes.

Related Books

Jet Pioneers, Gloster and the Birth of the Jet Age, Tim Kershaw. A detailed and well illustrated look at the development of the Gloster E.28/39, the first British jet powered aircraft. The story of this remarkable aircraft is well supported by first hand accounts of the process, including new interviews with some of the participants. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 15 May 1941, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1941_05_15.html
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