WW2 War Diary for Friday, May 15, 1942:
Vichy France: 3 Vichy French warships – carrier Bearn and 2 cruisers – immobilized at Martinique at insistence of US Government.
Burma: Retreating British forces cross Indian border.
Japanese forces in East China launch punitive campaign in Chekiang province: 100 families massacred on suspicion of harbouring ‘Doolittle’s Raiders’; several thousand houses destroyed.
USA: Petrol rationing introduced in 17 Eastern States and Washington DC.