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IJN KINREI MARU:

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 2


17 September 1940:
Shimonoseki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding as a 867-ton tanker for Asahi Sekiyu K. K.

25 July 1941:
Launched and named KINREI MARU.

15 October 1941:
Completed.

19 October 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

1 December 1941:
Registered in the Kure Naval District as an auxiliary transport ship (oil supply).

10 December 1941:
Completes conversion.

19 December 1941:
Arrives at Dairen, Manchuria.

21 December 1941:
Departs Dairen.

27 December 1941:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

29 December 1941:
Departs Yokosuka.

30 December 1941:
Arrives at Kawasaki.

1 January 1942:
Departs Kawasaki.

3 January 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu.

4 January 1942:
Departs Shimotsu.

10 January 1942:
Arrives at Dairen.

12 January 1942:
Departs Dairen.

15 January 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

17 January 1942:
Departs Kure.

20 January 1942:
Arrives at Yokohama.

22 January 1942:
Departs Yokohama.

24 January 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu.

25 January 1942:
Departs Shimotsu.

26 January 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

28 January 1942:
Departs Tokuyama and later that day arrives at Hikoshima.

30 January 1942:
Departs Hikoshima.

4 February 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

8 February 1942:
Departs Sasebo.

10 February 1942:
Arrives at Dairen.

12 February 1942:
Departs Dairen.

15 February 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

17 February 1942:
Departs Kure.

19 February 1942:
Arrives at Dairen.

21 February 1942:
Departs Dairen.

24 February 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

1 March 1942:
Departs Kure.

3 March 1942:
Arrives at Dairen.

4 March 1942:
Departs Dairen.

7 March 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

9 March 1942:
Departs Sasebo.

12 March 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

16 March 1942:
Transfers to Yokohama.

17 March 1942:
Departs Yokohama.

18 March 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu.

19 March 1942:
Departs Shimotsu.

20 March 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Loads fuel oil.

22 March 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

23 March 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu.

26 March 1942:
Departs Shimotsu.

27 March 1942:
At 1900 departs Mutsure.

28 March 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

31 March 1942:
Departs Sasebo for Maizuru.

1 April 1942:
Arrives at Maizuru.

2 April 1942:
Departs Maizuru.

4 April 1942:
Arrives at Funakawa.

5 April 1942:
Departs Funakawa.

8 April 1942:
Arrives at Saitozaki.

9 April 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

10 April 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

11 April 1942:
Departs Kure and soon after arrives at Onomichi.

13 April 1942:
Departs Onomichi.

15 April 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

16 April 1942:
Departs Tokuyama and later that day arrives at Osaka.

17 April 1942:
Departs Osaka.

19 April 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

20 April 1942:
Departs Kure.

21 April 1942:
Arrives at Hikoshima.

26 April 1942:
Departs Hikoshima.

1 May 1942:
Arrives at Akkeshi.

4 May 1942:
Departs Akkeshi.

5 May 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

8 May 1942:
Departs Ominato.

E 10 May 1942:
Arrives at Odomari.

E 12 May 1942:
Departs Odomari.

15 May 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

E 16 May 1942:
Departs Ominato.

E 18 May 1942:
Arrives at Odomari.

E 20 May 1942:
Departs Odomari.

E 23 May 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

27 May 1942:
Departs Ominato.

1 June 1942:
Departs Ominato with stops at Niigata, Kataoka Bay and Hiroshi.

18 June 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

20 June 1942:
Departs Ominato for Kataoka Bay, Shimushu Island, Kuriles.

2 July 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

4 July 1942:
Departs Ominato with stops at Kataoka Bay and Ominato.

20 July 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

22 July 1942:
Departs Yokosuka for Nonai and then returns to Yokosuka.

1 August 1942:
Ownership changes to Showa Nippon Oil K. K. Arrives at Miyako.

3 August 1942:
Departs Miyako for Nonai and Dairen.

20 August 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

22 August 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

25 August 1942:
Arrives at Hikoshima.

30 August 1942:
Departs Hikoshima for Tokuyama.

1 September 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu. Reassigned to the Combined Fleetís Eighth Fleet.

3 September 1942:
Departs Shimotsu.

4 September 1942:
Arrives at Nagoya.

6 September 1942:
Departs Nagoya. Arrives at Yokkaichi.

9 September 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gasoline.

13 September 1942:
Arrives at Haha Jima and later proceeds to Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands. Probably unloads aviation gasoline. KINREI MARU departs Haha Jima in a convoy consisting of transport CHOKO MARU escorted by auxiliary gunboat CHOUN MARU.

14 September 1942:
Departs Iwo Jima. The convoy is augmented by AZUSA, UJIGAWA and KISARAGI MARUs and TAMA MARU No. 2.

18 September 1942:
Near Saipan AZUSA, UJIGAWA and KISARAGI MARUs and TAMA MARU No. 2 are detached.

23 September 1942:
Arrives at Truk, Carolines.

29 October 1942:
Rabaul. Refuels mine sweeper FUMI MARU No. 2.

2 November 1942:
Rabaul. KINREI MARU refuels transport KYOEI MARU.

30 December 1942:
Reassigned to the Southwest Area Fleetís north section patrol unit.

3 January 1943:
KYOEI MARU refuels KINREI MARU.

1 February 1943:
Departs Rabaul.

4 February 1943:
Arrives at Hollandia (now Jayapura), New Guinea and departs.

5 February 1943:
Arrives at Wakde, New Guinea and departs.

7 February 1943:
Arrives at Manokwari, New Guinea.

8 February 1943:
Departs Manokwari.

11 February 1943:
Arrives at Ambon, Moluccas.

20 February 1943:
Departs Ambon.

22 February 1943:
Arrives at Sorong, New Guinea.

February 1943:
Sorong. Loads various oil types from transport KAIJO MARU.

23 February 1943:
Departs Sorong and later that day arrives at Manokwari.

2 March 1943:
Departs Manokwari. Later that day arrives at Nabire, New Guinea and then departs.

4 March 1943:
Arrives at Serui, Yapen Island and later that day departs.

5 March 1943:
Arrives at Miai, New Guinea and later that day departs.

6 March 1943:
Arrives at Nabire and later that day departs.

7 March 1943:
Arrives at Korido-Bosnik on Biak Island.

9 March 1943:
Departs Korido-Bosnik.

10 March 1943:
Arrives at Manokwari.

13 March 1943:
Departs Manokwari.

16 March 1943:
Arrives at Palau.

23 March 1943:
Departs Palau.

27 March 1943:
Arrives at Manokwari.

16 April 1943:
Departs Manokwari.

17 April 1943:
Arrives at Sorong.

24 April 1943:
Departs Sorong.

26 April 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

28 April 1943:
Departs Ambon.

30 April 1943:
Arrives at Kokas, McCluer Gulf and departs later that day.

1 May 1943:
Arrives at Patipi Bay.

2 May 1943:
Departs Patipi Bay.

3 May 1943:
Arrives at Sorong.

1 June 1943:
Departs Sorong.

3 June 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

7 June 1943:
Departs Ambon.

9 June 1943:
Arrives at Sorong.

16 June 1943:
Departs Sorong.

20 June 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

29 June 1943:
Departs Ambon.

31 July 1943:
Arrives at Sorong.

26 September 1943:
At 1635, departs Sorong.

27 September 1943:
At 1705, arrives at Kaboei-Baai (Teluk Kabui), a bay on the south coast of Waigeo at 00-22S, 130-38E.

28 September 1943:
At 2120, departs Kaboei-Baai.

30 September 1943:
At 1010, arrives at Kokas and at 2020 departs.

8 October 1943:
At 1730, arrives at Rembang, Java.

10 October 1943:
At 2155, departs Rembang.

11 October 1943:
At 1530, arrives at Surabaya. Enters drydock and undergoes repairs.

8 November 1943:
Completes repairs.

9 November 1943:
Departs Surabaya.

15 November 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

19 November 1943:
Departs Ambon.

21 November 1943:
Arrives at Kau Bay, Halmahera Island, Moluccas.

26 November 1943:
Departs Kau Bay.

28 November 1943:
Arrives at Sorong.

30 November 1943:
Departs Sorong.

2 December 1943:
Arrives at Kau Bay.

26 December 1943:
Departs Kau Bay.

27 December 1943:
Arrives at Sorong.

29 December 1943:
Departs Sorong.

31 December 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

7 January 1944:
Departs Ambon in convoy consisting of KINREI, TSUSHIMA and OAKITA MARUs escorted by auxiliary minesweeper Wa-9.

9 February 1944:
Arrives at Kau Bay.

10 February 1944:
Departs Kau Bay.

11 February 1944:
Arrives at Kaboei Bay.

12 February 1944:
Departs Kaboei Bay and later that day arrives at Sorong.

13 February 1944:
Departs Sorong.

14 February 1944:
Arrives at Boela (Bula), Ceram.

15 February 1944:
At 0700, departs Boela.

16 February 1944:
At 1600, arrives at Sorong.

17 February 1944:
Departs Sorong escorted by HINOKI MARU.

20 February 1944:
At 1800, arrives at Kau Bay.

21 March 1944:
Departs Kau Bay.

23 March 1944:
Arrives at Boela and departs later that day.

25 March 1944:
Arrives at Ambon.

28 March 1944:
Departs Ambon.

30 March 1944:
Arrives at Boela and departs later that day.

1 April 1944:
Arrives at Ambon.

4 April 1944:
Departs Ambon.

6 April 1944:
Arrives at Boela and departs later that day.

8 April 1944:
Arrives at Ambon.

25 April 1944:
Departs Ambon.

27 April 1944:
Arrives at Sorong

28 April 1944:
Departs Sorong.

29 April 1944:
Arrives at Boela and departs later that day.

2 May 1944:
Arrives at Kau Bay.

1 May 1944:
Reassigned to the Combined Fleetís Southwest Area Fleet.

7 May 1944:
Departs Kau Bay.

9 May 1944:
Arrives at Sorong.

10 May 1944:
Departs Sorong.

11 May 1944:
Arrives at Boela and departs later that day.

15 May 1944:
Arrives at Kau Bay.

19 May 1944:
Departs Kau.

22 May 1944:
Arrives at Boela and departs later that day.

24 May 1944:
Arrives at Ambon.

29 May 1944:
Departs Ambon.

30 May 1944:
Arrives at Boela.

31 May 1944:
Departs Boela.

2 June 1944:
Arrives at Batjan, Halmahera Island, Moluccas.

4 June 1944:
Departs Batjan.

6 June 1944:
Arrives at Kau.

10 June 1944:
At 0300 departs Kau escorted by auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-116.

13 June 1944:
The ownership of the ship changes to the Japanese Oil corporation.

15 June 1944:
At 0900 arrives at Batjan and departs later that day at 1800 still escorted by auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-116.

20 June 1944:
At 2100 arrives at Kau.

26 June 1944:
Departs Kau.

30 June 1944:
Arrives at Batjan and departs later that day at 0300 escorted by auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-116.

5 July 1944:
At 2000 arrives at Kau.

11 July 1944:
At 0300 departs Kau escorted by auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-116.

16 July 1944:
At 2000 arrives at Ambon.

7 August 1944:
At 1300 departs Ambon in a convoy also consisting of TATEBE, TAIAN MARUs and UNKAI Maru No. 12 escorted by minelayer WAKATAKA, submarine chasers CH-26 and CH-60 and auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-116.

9 August 1944:
At 1330 arrives at Staring Bay, Kendari, Celebes.

22 August 1944:
Departs Staring Bay in a convoy consisting of KINREI and TAIAN MARUs with auxiliary subchaser CHa-116 as escort.

24 August 1944:
Arrives at Macassar.

1 September 1944:
Departs Macassar.

2 September 1944:
Departs Macassar.

6 September 1944:
Arrives at Balikpapan.

7 October 1944:
Departs Balikpapan.

12 October 1944:
Arrives at Macassar.

28 October 1944:
Departs Macassar.

31 October 1944:
Arrives at Balikpapan.

2 November 1944:
Departs Balikpapan.

13 November 1944:
Arrives at Singapore.

14 November 1944:
Singapore. Undergoes hull and system repairs and servicing.

10 February 1945:
Reassigned to the Combined Fleetís Tenth Fleet.

26 April 1945:
At 1100, KINREI MARU departs Singapore for Saigon in a convoy consisting of tanker TAKASAGO MARU with three unidentified escorts.

6 May 1945:
At about 0500, LtCdr Frank M. Smithís (USNA í35) USS HAMMERHEAD (SS-364) torpedoes and KINREI MARU. Hit by two of eight torpedoes fired by radar bearings, she blows up and sinks at 08-15N, 102-15E. 18 crewmen and two gunners are KIA.

10 June 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Notes:
Thanks for assistance goes to Gilbert Casse of France, Sander Kingsepp of Estonia and Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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