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(Oiler by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

IJN JUKO MARU:

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008-2013 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 3


1937:
Shimizu. Laid down at Kanasashi shipyard as a 478-ton tanker for Hayayama Sekiyu K.K., Tokyo.

1 July 1937:
Launched and named KAMIKAZE MARU.

1 November 1937:
Completed.

1940:
Ownership and port of registry transfers to Taiyo Kogyo K.K., Kobe. Renamed JUKO MARU.

18 February 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

1941:
Attached to the China Area Fleet.

21 February 1941:
Serves on the Yangtze River as a fuel replenishment ship.

2 May 1942:
Arrives at Taichow Liehtao Island group and refuels auxiliary gunboat SHINKO MARU No. 1 GO. Later that month transfers to Shihpu.

20 May 1942:
At Shihpu. Refuels auxiliary gunboat SHINKO MARU No. 1 GO.

9 July 1942:
Departs Shanghai.

11 July 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

19 July 1942:
Departs Sasebo.

21 July 1942:
Arrives at Shanghai.

22 September 1942:
Takao. Some of OTOWASAN MARUís oil cargo is transshipped to JUKO MARU .

3 October 1942:
Departs Shanghai.

8 October 1942:
Yuet Ching Bay, Liehtao. JUKO MARU refuels auxiliary gunboat SHINKO MARU No. 1 GO.

10 October 1942:
Arrives at Woosung.

15 October 1942:
Registered in the Sasebo Naval District as a specially installed transport (oil supply).

21 November 1942:
Hong Kong. Some of OTOWASAN MARUís oil cargo is transshipped to JUKO MARU.

24 December 1942:
Departs Shanghai.

27 December 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

1943:
Ownership is transferred to the Horai Tanker Co. Port of registration changes to Tokyo.

15 January 1943:
Departs Sasebo.

18 January 1943:
Arrives at Shanghai.

5 February 1943:
Departs Shanghai.

6 February 1943:
Arrives at Saishu To (now Chejudo/Jeju-do) Island, Chosen (Korea)

9 February 1943:
Departs Saishu To.

11 February 1943:
Arrives at Chinkai (Chinhae) naval base, Korea.

13 February 1943:
Departs Chinkai.

15 February 1943:
Arrives at Shanghai.

22 February 1943:
Departs Shanghai.

26 February 1943:
Arrives at Chinkai.

28 February 1943:
Departs Chinkai.

1 March 1943:
Arrives at Katoku Shima (Koteng Do), Korea.

3 March 1943:
Departs Katoku Shima.

4 March 1943:
Arrives at Shanghai.

9 March 1943:
Departs Shanghai .

12 March 1943:
Arrives at Sasebo.

15 March 1943:
Departs Sasebo.

19 March 1943:
Arrives at Shanghai.

30 April 1943:
Departs Shanghai.

8 May 1943:
Arrives at Mako.

11 May 1943:
Departs Mako.

17 May 1943:
Arrives at Shanghai.

2 July 1943:
Departs Shanghai.

3 July 1943:
Arrives at Ting Hai.

7 July 1943:
Departs Ting Hai.

8 July 1943:
Arrives at Shanghai.

30 December 1943:
At 1520, JUKO MARU departs Shanghai convoy MO-006 consisting of NARUTO, WAZAN, NISSHO, MISHIMA and KORYU MARUs escorted by minesweeper W-15.

3 January 1944:
At 0855, arrives at Sasebo.

1 May 1944:
At 0400 departs Manila escorting a convoy also consisting of KANAN, JAMBI MARUs and UNKAI MARU No. 12 escorted by minesweeper W-101.

7 May 1944:
At 1700 arrives at Tarakan.

1 August 1944:
Reassigned to Takao, Formosa. Attached to the Takao patrol unit.

6 August 1944:
Departs Shanghai.

10 August 1944:
Arrives at Takao.

17 August 1944:
Departs Takao. Later that day, arrives at Saei.

18 August 1944:
Departs Saei. Later that day, arrives at Takao.

19 August 1944:
Reassigned to the Takao supply depot.

20 August 1944:
Departs Takao.

21 August 1944:
Arrives at Keelung.

23 August 1944:
Departs Keelung.

24 August 1944:
Arrives at Takao.

26 August 1944:
Departs Takao. Later that day, arrives at Saei.

29 August 1944:
Departs Saei. Later that day, arrives at Takao.

31 August 1944:
Departs Takao. Later that day, arrives at Saei.

4 September 1944:
Departs Saei.

5 September 1944:
Arrives at Keelung.

12 September 1944:
Departs Keelung.

13 September 1944:
Arrives at Takao.

14 September 1944:
Departs Takao.

19 September 1944:
Arrives at Saei.

22 September 1944:
At the Saei Army Supply Depot, loads aviation gas from tanker OTOWASAN MARU. Later that day, departs Saei.

12 October 1944:
Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscherís Task Force 38ís aircraft attack shipping, airfields and industrial targets on Formosa. JUKO MARU sustains damage to her hull.

13 October 1944:
Task Force 38ís air strikes continue.

14 October 1944:
The air strikes continue.

15 October 1944:
JUKO MARU undergoes battle-damage repairs.

3 November 1944:
Repairs are completed.

4 November 1944:
Departs Saei. Arrives at Mako.

15 November 1944:
Departs Mako. Later that day, arrives at Takao.

18 November 1944:
Departs Takao.

20 November 1944:
Arrives at Hong Kong.

21 November 1944:
Hong Kong. Takes on a cargo of heavy oil from fleet tanker SAN DIEGO MARU. Some of tanker OTOWASAN MARUís oil cargo is also transshipped to JUKO MARU.

25 November 1944:
Departs Hong Kong.

27 November 1944:
Arrives at Mako.

29 November 1944:
Departs Mako.

30 November 1944:
Arrives at Keelung.

9 January 1945:
Takao, Formosa. JUKO MARU is bombed and sunk by aircraft of TF 38. [1]

9 August 1945:
Onagawa Bay, Japan. Aircraft from Task Force 38 bomb and sink JUKO MARU in shallow water off Hamada at 39-30N, 142-04E. [1]

Nagasaki. The same day, Major (later Brig Gen, ANG) Charles W. Sweeney's B-29 "Superfortress", nicknamed "BOCKSCAR", of Sweeney's 393rd Bomb Squadron of the 509th Composite Group drops the second atomic bomb, "Fat Man". Japan agrees to an end of hostilities within a week.

15 September 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Author's Notes:
[1] Many sources claim JUKO MARU was sunk 9 August 1945 at Onagawa Port by aircraft of TF 38. It is probable JUKO MARU was raised from Takao and finally sunk at Onagawa.

-Thanks go to Sander Kingsepp and to Gilbert Casse for assistance.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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