RIKUGUN YUSOSEN

(FUJIKAWA MARU, prewar)

FUJIKAWA MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement

2018 Bob Hackett


1 November 1942:
Osaka. Laid down at Osaka Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. as a 2,829-ton Wartime Standard 1C cargo ship for Kawasaki Kisen Kaifu Co., Ltd., Kobe.

3 August 1943:
Launched and named FUJIKAWA MARU.

E 1943:
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) as a troop transport. Alloted IJA No. 1125.

21 October 1943:
Completed.

26 November 1943:
Off Davao, Philippines. FUJIKAWA MARU joins convoy H-6 consisting of CHINKAI, HAMBURG, TATSUHARU, NANREI, RYUSEI and TATSUHARU MARUs escorted by patrol boat PB-103

29 November 1943:
At 0815, arrives at Kau, Halmahera.

16 January 1944:
FUJIKAWA MARU departs Takao in convoy No. 235 also consisting of BOKO (ex-British SAGRES), HAMBURG, HORAI, KUMAGAWA, MISAKI, NICHIREI and RIZAN MARUs and SHINSEI MARU No. 1 escorted by destroyer KURETAKE.

23 January 1944:
Arrives at Moji.

22 February 1944:
FUJIKAWA MARU departs Takao in convoy TAMA-05 also consisting of CHINKAI, FUYO, FUJIKAWA, HOZAN, KACHOSAN, TAIKOKU, TEIYU (ex-Italian CARIGNANO) and ZUIYO MARUs and NISSHO MARU No. 16 escorted by minesweeper W-17, auxiliary netlayer TOKACHI MARU, auxiliary TERUKUNI MARU and two other unidentified small escorts.

26 February 1944:
At 1800, arrives at Manila.

3 March 1944:
FUJIKAWA MARU departs Manila in an H series convoy also consisting of HOZAN, CHINKAI, FUYO and FUJIKAWA MARUs escorted by subchaser CH-45.

5 March 1944:
Arrives at Zamboanga.

6 March 1944:
Departs Zamboanga.

10 March 1944:
Arrives at Kau.

11 March 1944:
Departs Kau.

14 March 1944:
Arrives at Davao.

21 March 1944:
Departs Davao.

24 March 1944:
Arrives at Halmahera.

28 March 1944:
FUJIKAWA MARU departs Wasili, Halmahera for Manowari, N. New Guinea carrying 212 passengers and freight.

30 March 1944:
At 0210, Cdr (Rear Admiral-Ret) William S. Stovall's (USNA '29) USS DARTER (SS-227) fires six torpedoes and gets four hits that blow the stern off FUJIKAWA MARU and sets her afire. At 0215, She sinks at 01-50N, 133-25E. 12 men are KIA.


Author's Note:
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.

Bob Hackett


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