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(Standard 2AT Tanker KENJO MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

DAINAN MARU
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2012-2013 Bob Hackett


1944:
Kobe. Laid down at the Mitsubishi Jukoygo K.K shipyard as a 6,690-ton Type 2A Standard Cargo Ship for Okada Shosen K.K., Tokyo.

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

1944:
Launched and named DAINAN MARU

December 1944:
Completed.

14 December 1944:
DAINAN MARU departs Miike in convoy MOTA-28 also consisting of MAURORAN and TEIKAI MARUs (ex-German FULDA) and tankers SHINGI, OEI and YAMAZAWA MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-20 and CD-138.

22 December 1944:
Arrives at Takao.

27 December 1944:
DAINAN MARU departs Takao for Singapore in convoy HI-85 also consisting of TEIHOKU (ex-Vichy French PERSEE), ENKEI, YAMAZAWA, ENGEN, ENCHO, DAIGYO, OTSUSAN, FUEI, OEI, SERIA, SHINYU and SHINGI MARUs escorted by light cruiser KASHII and kaibokan UKURU, DAITO, TSUSHIMA, CD-23, CD-27 and CD-51

Shortly after departure DAINAN MARU breaks down and returns to Takao.

December 1944-January 1945:
Undergoes repairs at Takao.

19 January 1945:
At 0600, DAINAN MARU departs Takao for Moji in convoy TAMO-38 also consisting of BINGO, RASHIN, TOYOKAWA, SHINNO and TATSUWA MARUs and NICHIYU No. 7 escorted by kaibokan IKUNA, CD-26, CD-39 and CD-112.

23 January 1945:
At 0402, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral/MOH) Eugene B. Fluckey's USS BARB (SS-220) discovers the anchored ships and skillfully enters the bay. At 0402, Fluckey fires a full salvo of torpedoes. DAIKYO MARU carrying ammunition spectacularly explodes and sinks. Minor damage, probably from falling debris, is also inflicted on SAMARANG, AIZAN, DAISHUN and SHUNSHO MARUs and TAMON MARU No. 16.

28 January 1945:
Arrives at Moji.

5 May 1945:
Off Korojima, Genkai Nada. Damaged by USN air attack.

9 May 1945:
NE of Kona. Beached off Karatsu.

Authorís Note:
Also known as OKUSU MARU

Bob Hackett


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