KYUSHU MARU was completed as a passenger-cargo ship in 1938 for Harada Kisen KK, Osaka. KYUSHU MARU was initially requisitioned by IJN as a B-AK in Jul '41 until Oct '41. She was then requisitioned by the IJA in Nov 1941
KYUSHU MARU served as an attack transport for the invasion of Singora (Songkhla), Siam (Thailand). In Oct '42, American aircraft bombed and sank KYUSHU MARU off Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal.
|Mitsubishi, Nagasaki |
|Dimensions:||455’ x 61.7’ x 40.6’|
|Propulsion:||two type diesel 7MS 72/125 engines, 5,400 BHP, 2 shafts, 19.85 knots maximum|