(Type 1TM Standard Tanker underway)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2011-2013 Bob Hackett
Yokohama. Laid down at Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K. as a 5,136-ton Standard Type 1TM tanker for Mitsubishi Kisen K.K., Tokyo.
Launched and named MEDAN MARU.
Completed and requisitioned by the Japanese
Government's Senpaku Uneikai wartime civilian shipping authority. Chartered to the Imperial Army with a civilian crew.
5 January 1944:
Departs Moji for Takao in convoy SA-19 also consisting of cargo ship KUROGANE MARU and tankers SAN PEDRO, KAIKO and CHIYODA MARUs without escort.
9 January 1944:
Arrives at Takao. CHIYODA and SAN PEDRO MARUs are detached from the convoy.
11 January 1944:
23 January 1944:
Arrives at Singapore.
13 June 1944:
MEDAN MARU departs Singapore escorting convoy SHIMA-01 also consisting of tanker SAN PEDRO MARU and five unidentified ships escorted by kaibokan ETOROFU.
22 June 1944:
Arrives at Manila.
24 June 1944:
At 0630, MEDAN MARU departs Manila in convoy MATA-23 also consisting of tankers SAN PEDRO and RIKKO MARUs and cargo ships KAMO,
USSURI, NICHIZUI, TASMANIA, KAZAN and TOUN MARUs and six unidentified ships escorted by kaibokan ETOROFU, CD-8 and CD-17. MEDAN MARU carries a cargo of 8,463-tons of aviation gasoline bound for Japan.
25 June 1944:
S China Sea, off Cape Bolinao, Luzon. At 0430, LtCdr Arthur E. Krapf's (USNA '34) USS JACK (SS-259) torpedoes and sinks SAN PEDRO MARU at 16-09N, 119-41E. 35 crewmen are KIA. Convoy leader ETOROFU orders evasive maneuvers.
Escorting aircraft drive off JACK. NICHIZUI MARU rescues survivors.
27 June 1944:
Bashi Channel. At 0517, LtCdr (later Captain) Slade D. Cutter's (USNA '35) USS SEAHORSE (SS-304) torpedoes MEDAN MARU. As her volatile cargo ignites, she erupts into a a red ball of flame At about 0600, MEDAN MARU
sinks at 21-10N, 120-31E. There are no survivors of her crew of 58 men.
Later that day, Cutter's SEAHORSE torpedoes and damages USSURI MARU that is attacked twice by a USAAF 14th Air Force B-24 heavy bombers and finally sunk at 0315 the next day. Two crewmen are KIA.
- Bob Hackett
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