Diary for Thursday, May 15, 1941:
First British Offensive against Afrika Korps (Operation Brevity): Halfaya Pass and Sollum recaptured.
British Government authorizes counter-measures against German aircraft refuelling on Syrian airfields (Vichy France) en route to Iraq.
Britain: First British jet aircraft – Gloster E.28/39 Pioneer – tested at Cranwell, Lincs.
USA: US coast guards board every French merchant ship in American ports, including liner Normandie.
Battleship Washington (launched June 1940) joins the fleet 5 months ahead of schedule.
Channel Islands: Mrs. Sybil Hathaway, Dame of Sark (Channel Is.), deported to German concentration camp as reprisal for anti-Nazi activities on Guernsey.