(KONAN MARU, prewar)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2012-2016 Bob Hackett
30 May 1918:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Zosensho, K. K. as Yard No.
277, a 5,177-ton passenger-cargo ship for Kobe Sanbashi, K. K. (Kobe Pier Co., Ltd.).
5 November 1918:
Launched and named KONAN MARU. 
25 November 1918:
10 October 1941:
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) and converted to a troop transport. Alloted IJA No. 950.
8 December 1941:
The Pacific War begins.
18 December 1941: The Invasion of the Philippines -“M” Operation (M
KONAN MARU paricipates in the Invasion of Lingayen Gulf,
Philippines consisting of 72 transports in three echelons carrying the main part
of LtGen Homma Masaharu's 80,000-man 14th Army. The first echelon is composed of
27 transports from Takao under Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Hara Kensaburo,
the second echelon of 28 transports under Rear Admiral Nishimura and the third
echelon of 21 transports from Keelung under Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral)
24 December 1941:
Lingayen Gulf. Between 0110 and 0430, the Lingayen
Invasion Convoy lands troops at Lingayen.
17 February 1942:
At night, transports SAGAMI and SASAGO MARUs carrying part of the IJA's 48th Infantry Division depart Makassar, Celebes (now Sulawasei) for Bali, Java (now Indonesia) escorted by DesDiv 8's ASASHIO, OSHIO, ARASHIO and MICHISHIO.
19 February 1942: The Invasion of Eastern Java:
Jolo, Philippines. At 0800, the Eastern Java Invasion Convoy (Toho Koryaku Butai) consisting of 39 troop transports departs the anchorage carrying the IJA’s 48th Infantry Division in seven sections:
1st Section consisting of: KONAN, HAGUE, YAMAGIKU, KENKON, NANKO and ADEN MARUs,
2nd Section consisting of: HOLLAND, JOHORE, TAKAOKA, HOKKO, KYOKUSEI and TAEI MARUs,
3rd Section consisting of: KENZAN, HIMALAYA, HAVRE, ARIZONA, ANZAN and CHOKO MARUs (6783/20),
4th Section consisting of: YONEYAMA, NISSHU, BIYO, ITALY, ASAKA and KASHU MARUs,
5th Section consisting of: HAKUSHIKA (HAKUROKU), TEIYO, HAMBURG, DENMARK, ARABIA and TOKUSHIMA MARUs,
6th Section consisting of: MIYADONO, JINZAN (JINSAN), WALES, SUEZ, TAMON and YASUKAWA MARUs, and the
7th Section consisting of: SATSUMA, MINRYU and HOZUGAWA MARUs.
The convoy is escorted by Rear Admiral Nishimura's heavy cruisers NACHI and HAGURO, DesRon 2's light cruisers NAKA and JINTSU and DesDiv 16's YUKIKAZE, TOKITSUKAZE, AMATSUKAZE and HATSUKAZE and DesDiv 7's USHIO, SAZANAMI, YAMAKAZE
and KAWAKAZE and DesRon 4's light cruiser NAKA, DesDiv 2's YUDACHI, SAMIDARE, HARUSAME, DesDiv 9's ASAGUMO, MURASAME, MINEGUMO and NATSUGUMO.
E 21 February 1942:
Makassar Strait. SAGAMI and SASAKO MARUs join the main convoy and steam with it.
22 February 1942:
At 1200, LIVERPOOL and EHIME MARUs join the Eastern Java Invasion Convoy north of Aru Bank. The same day, HITERU and TEIRYU MARUs depart Palau carrying elements of the Sakaguchi Detachment.
23 February 1942:
HITERU and TEIRYU MARUs join the Eastern Java Invasion Convoy.
27 February 1942: The Battle of the Java Sea:
At 1547, HAGURO and NACHI, DesRon 2's JINTSU with DesDiv 16's
YUKIKAZE, TOKITSUKAZE, AMATSUKAZE and HATSUKAZE and DesDiv 7's USHIO, SAZANAMI, YAMAKAZE and KAWAKAZE engage Dutch Rear Admiral Karel W. F. M. Doorman's Strike Force's light cruiser Hr.Ms. DE RUYTER (F), heavy cruisers HMS EXETER and USS HOUSTON (CA-30), light cruisers HMAS PERTH and Hr.Ms. JAVA, destroyers HMS
ELECTRA, ENCOUNTER, JUPITER, Hr.Ms. KORTENAER and WITTE de WITH and old destroyers USS ALDEN (DD-211), JOHN D. EDWARDS (DD-216), JOHN D. FORD (DD-228) and PAUL JONES (DD-230).
During this day and the next day’s engagements, Doorman's Strike Force loses HMS EXETER and USS HOUSTON (CA-30), light cruisers HMAS PERTH, HrMs DE RUYTER, Hr.Ms. JAVA, destroyers HMS ELECTRA, ENCOUNTER, JUPITER and Hr.Ms. KORTENAER to superior Japanese forces. The Allies also lose old four stack USS POPE (DD-225).
1 March 1942: Operation "J" - The Invasion of Java, Netherlands East Indies:
At 0120, 100 miles W of Surabaya, Java. The Eastern Java Invasion Force now consisting of 43 transports including HAGUE MARU enters the roadstead
off Kragan village, East Java.
Just before dropping anchor, the ships suffer a fierce air attack. JOHORE MARU is hit and suffers many KIA and WIA. TOKUSHIMA MARU is also hit and has to be beached at 0200. Despite the air attacks, at 0015, the convoy lands
the 48th Infantry Division at Kragan village, East Java. Their main objectives are the Surabaya Naval Base on the eastern coast and Tjilatjap harbor on the southern coast.
1 May 1942:
Released by the IJA and returned to her owners.
23 April 1943:
KONAN MARU departs Ujina for Palau in convoy P-512 also
consisting of ENGLAND, DAINICHI and NAGANO MARUs escorted by subchaser CH-22.
6 May 1943:
Arrives at Palau.
12 May 1943:
At 1100, KONAN MARU departs Palau for Rabaul.
17 May 1943:
NE of the Admiralty Islands. At about 1800, LtCdr (later
Rear Admiral) Edward C. Stephan's (USNA ’29) USS GRAYBACK (SS-208) torpedoes and
sinks troop transport ENGLAND MARU at 00-45S, 148-30E. 232 of the 1,500 troops
aboard and 13 crewmen are KIA.
19 May 1943:
KONAN MARU and the other two marus arrive at Rabaul.
7 June 1943:
KONAN MARU departs Rabaul in convoy in O-704 also consisting of HEIMEI, KINKASAN and MAKASSAR MARUs
escorted by subchasers CH-24 and CH-37.
13 June 1943:
Convoy O-704 is intercepted by LtCdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) Edward S. Carmick's (USNA ’30) USS
SARGO (SS-188) that begins tracking the convoy.
14 June 1943:
430 miles SE of Palau. That night, Carmick makes a submerged attack. Hew fires two torpedoes and
sinks KONAN MARU at 06-05N, 138-25E. Four crewmen are KIA. The subchasers drop four DCs and cause some damage to SARGO, but
she arrives safely at Midway Island.
 Not to be confused with the smaller IJA troop transport No. 454 KONAN MARU of 2,627-tons built 1915,
tanker KONAN MARU or railway ship KONAN MARU or many other numerically suffixed KONAN MARUs.
No data were found on KONAN's movements from May '42 to Apr '43. Readers with access to such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion
and Questions board or j-aircraft.org's IJN Ship Message Board
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.
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