(A Type 1K ore carrier underway)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2011 Bob Hackett
Innoshima. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen K. K. as a 5,244-ton Type 1K
Standard Merchant cargo ship (ore carrier) for Osaka Shosen (OSK) K.K., Osaka.
Launched and named DAIKYO MARU.
11 September 1944:
At 1500, DAIKYO MARU departs Moji for Takao in
convoy MOTA-26 also consisting of GASSAN, SEIZAN, HAKUSAN, HOTEN, MURORAN,
MANILA, MACASSAR, DAIIKU, NANKING, FUYUKAWA, PEKING, DAIZEN, HIDA and JUNHO
MARUs and NICHIYU MARU No. 2 and tanker DAISHO MARU escorted by destroyer
HARUKAZE, kaibokan CD-9 and CD-26 and subchaser CH-56
16 September 1944:
GASSAN, SEIZAN and HAKUSAN MARUs split from the
convoy and later that day arrive at Keelung, Formosa.
17 September 1944:
At 1300, arrives at Takao.
14 January 1945:
At 0700, DAIKYO MARU departs Moji in convoy MOTA-32
also consisting of TENSHO, SAMARANG, AIZAN, SHUNSHO and DAISHUN MARUs, and TAMON
MARU No. 16 and five unidentified merchants escorted by destroyer SHIOKAZE,
kaibokan MANJU, CD-31, CD-132, CD-144 and subchasers CH-19 and CH-57 The convoy
hugs the continental coast as it heads south. DAIKYO MARU carries 558 troops,
six Daihatsu and two Shohatsu landing craft, railway sleeper cars and stores.
21 January 1945:
Arrives at Sanmen Bay, China.
22 January 1945:
Early in the morning, convoy MOTA-32 departs Sanmen
Bay. At 1600, arrives at Namkwan (now Namquan) Bay and joins convoy TAMO-38
sheltering there consisting of DAINAN, BINGO, TOYOKAWA, RASHIN, SHINNO and
TATSUWA MARUs and NICHIYU No. 7. MOTA-32 anchors in five columns nearest the bay
23 January 1945:
Namkwan Harbor, NE of Fuzhou. At 0402, LtCdr (later
Rear Admiral/MOH) Eugene B. Fluckey's (USNA '35) USS BARB (SS-220) discovers the
anchored ships and skillfully enters the bay. At 0402, Fluckey fires a full
salvo of torpedoes. DAIKYO MARU is hit and her cargo of munitions detonates in a
massive explosion. She sinks a 27-02N, 120-27E. 360 troops, 56 crewmen and 28
gunners are KIA and the eight landing craft are also lost.
 Also known as TAIKYO MARU.
Photo credit and thanks go to Gilbert Casse of France.
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