Today in WW II: 15 Aug 1940 Peak day for Luftwaffe sorties against England, including bombing in the North of Britain. More 
15 Aug 1942 Operation Pedestal, a last ditch attempt to re-supply Malta and avoid surrender to a German blockade, succeeds as tanker SS Ohio and other convoy ships reach Grand Harbour port.
15 Aug 1943 In the Aleutians, US troops land on Kiska Island to retake it from the Japanese ([5-24 Aug].
15 Aug 1944 Operation Dragoon [aka Anvil] invasion of Southern France.
15 Aug 1945 Japanese surrender, remembered as VJ Day (Victory over Japan) in the U.K. [14 August east of the date line, 15 August in Japan].
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Oshkosh P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)

The Oshkosh P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) is a 65 ton, 8x8 vehicle that was first fielded in 1977. It carries 6,100 gallons of water and 515 gallons of foam, designed for all-weather operation at airfields for fire suppression. Two 1,250 gpm pumps and two 1,200 gpm turrets delivered the water and foam.

The Oshkosh P-15 ARFF is powered by a Detroit Diesel 8V92F V-8 engine mated to an Allison 750DRD 5-speed transmission. The huge P-15 weighed 59,000 kg (130,860 lbs), with dimensions length 13.8 m (45.2 ft), width 3.1 m (10.0 ft), and height 4.2 m (13.8 ft).

Military Airlift Command C-5 Galaxy loads a prototype of the USAF P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) in an airlift test, Oshkosh, WI, 30 June 1977
Military Airlift Command C-5 Galaxy loads a prototype of the USAF P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) in an airlift test, Oshkosh, WI, 30 June 1977.

P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) at a fuel storage fire, Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 September 1980
P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) at a fuel storage fire, Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 September 1980.

P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) from the 3902nd Civil Engineering Squadron during fire training, Exercise Global Shield '84, Offutt AFB, NE, 1 April 1984
P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) from the 3902nd Civil Engineering Squadron during fire training, Exercise Global Shield '84, Offutt AFB, NE, 1 April 1984.

P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) on display at the DoD open house air show, Andrews AFB, MD, 12 May 1984
P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) on display at the DoD open house air show, Andrews AFB, MD, 12 May 1984.

Firefighters aboard P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) prepare to spray foam onto a fire caused by the explosion of a 40,000 gallon JP-4 aviation fuel storage tank, 5 April 1986
Firefighters aboard P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) prepare to spray foam onto a fire caused by the explosion of a 40,000 gallon JP-4 aviation fuel storage tank, 5 April 1986.

A firefighter wearing a proximity suit operates the high pressure water cannon of a US Navy P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), NAS, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, 1 December 1986
A firefighter wearing a proximity suit operates the high pressure water cannon of a US Navy P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), NAS, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, 1 December 1986.

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