YUSOSEN!

(Wartime Standard Merchant Tanker 1TL)

KYOKUEI MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2011 Bob Hackett


7 April 1943:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard as a 10,570-ton Type 1TL Standard Tanker for Nitto Kisen K.K., Tokyo.

7 July 1943:
Launched and named KYOKUEI MARU.

July 1943:
Completed.

12 October 1943:
At 1600, KYOKUEI MARU departs Moji in convoy HI-13 consisting of tanker AMATSU MARU and transport/cargo ships SANUKI, NANKAI, MIZUHO, AOBASAN, FUSO and MANILA MARUs escorted by destroyer ASAKAZE and kaibokan TSUSHIMA.

16 October 1943:
Arrives at Takao, Formosa.

18 October 1943:
Departs Takao.

21 October 1943:
Arrives at Samah, Hainan Island.

24 October 1943:
Departs Samah.

30 October 1943:
At 1546, arrives at Singapore.

3 November 1943:
At 1210, KYOKUEI MARU departs Singapore in convoy HI-14 consisting of oiler AMATSU MARU, transports (ex-seaplane tender) KAGU, AWA, HOKUROKU and AKI MARUs escorted by kaibokan TSUSHIMA.

8 November 1943:
Near Dangerous Ground, Palawan, Philippines. At 0505, LtCdr George E. Porter's USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) attacks the convoy on the surface. Porter fires all ten of his tubes; one torpedo prematures just after leaving the tube. BLUEFISH reloads and Porter makes three more attacks sinking KYOKUEI MARU with two torpedoes at 17-00N, 116-17E. TSUSHIMA is detached to rescue survivors, but is unable to relocate the convoy.

10 November 1943:
TSUSHIMA makes Takao safely and lands KYOKUEI MARU's survivors.


- Bob Hackett


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