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(Standard 2AT Tanker KENJO MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

DAIETSU MARU
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2011-2012 Bob Hackett


E 1943:
Kobe. Laid down at the Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K., shipyard as a 6,890-ton Type 2A Standard Cargo Ship for Osaka Shosen K.K. (OSK), Osaka.

1944:
Converted to a Standard 2AT Tanker while on the ways.

1944:
Launched and named DAIETSU MARU

6 October 1944:
Completed.

December 1944:
At 1500, DAIETSU MARU departs Takao in convoy TASA-18 consisting of tankers ENKI, AMATO, RYOEI MARUs and TAMON MARU No. 15 escorted by kaibokan CD-14, CD-16, CD-46 and minesweeper W-101.

10 December 1944:
At 1000, TAMON MARU No. 15 has an engine breakdown and is detached with minesweeper W-101 for Hong Kong.

13 December 1944:
Arrives at Yulin.

17 December 1944:
At 1530, arrives at St Jacques.

22 January 1945:
At 0700, DAIETSU MARU departs Singapore for Moji in convoy HI-88-B also consisting of ENKI and TATSUTAMA MARUs escorted by kaibokan NOMI, CD-60, patrol boat PB-104 and subchaser CH-20. DAIETSU MARU is carrying a cargo of fuel oil, rubber and tin.

27 January 1945:
At 2230 arrives at St Jacques, Indochina. TATSUTAMA MARU is detached.

28 January 1945:
At 2110, departs St Jacques.

29 January 1945:
At 2230, arrives Van Phong, Indochina.

30 January 1945:
At 0700, departs Van Phong.

31 January 1945:
After two submarine sightings, at 0551, DAIETSU MARU and one minute later, ENKI MARU are torpedoed and sunk by Cdr Royce L. Gross' USS BOARFISH (SS-327) at 14-56N, 109-02E. DAIETSU MARU is run aground on the coast.

1 February 1945:
The beached wreck is bombed and destroyed by air attack.


Authorís Note:
Also known as TAIETSU MARU.

-Bob Hackett


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