(Sister OYO MARU, prewar)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2013-2016 Bob Hackett
26 November 1919:
Tsurumi. Laid down at Asano Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. as Yard No. 21, a 5,467-ton cargo ship for the Kokusai Kisen Line.
22 May 1920:
Launched and named MILAN MARU.
3 July 1920:
Completed and placed in Kokusai Kisen Line’s service.
In Ishihara Gomei’ s service. Their principal business is transporting iron ore from Batu Pahat and Johore, British Malaya to Yawata, Japan.
5 October 1921:
Arrives at Ellis Island, New York.
MILAN MARU departs Australia for Yokohama.
6 December 1934:
Sold to Ishihara Sangyo Kaiun (ISK), Fuchu.
6 July 1935:
Under Government pressure, ISK, Nanyo Yusen and the Japan-Netherland East Indies services of Osaka Shosen (OSK) and Nippon Yusen (NYK) are amalgamated to form a new company, the Nanyo Kaiun K. K. (South Seas
Shipping). The previous owners all take a share of the new company.
17 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) as a troop transport/cargo ship. Alloted IJA No. 812.
19 December 1941:
China. MILAN MARU is in a convoy also consisting of IJA transports HOKKO and KAZUURA MARUs. At 1610, the convoy is joined by auxiliary gunboat SHINKO MARU No. 1 GO as escort. At 1910, SHINKO MARU No. 1 GO ends escort.
11 November 1942:
Departs Mutsure in convoy No. 186 also consisting of three unidentified merchant ships escorted by old destroyer WAKATAKE.
16 November 1942:
Arrives at Mako.
26 February 1943:
MILAN MARU departs Saiki for Palau, Carolines in No. 8 Military Movement's convoy "D-2" also consisting of KANJU, KENKOKU and SORACHI MARUs escorted by minelayers NASAMI and NUWAJIMA.
E 27 February 1943:
At 29 N, the escorts are detached.
Convoy "D-2"arrives at Palau.
20 March 1943:
At 1500, MILAN MARU arrives at Rabaul from Palau in a convoy also consisting of ADEN, HAKUSAN (2197 grt), KENKOKU, KANJO, MIYAURA, TATEISHI, ROKKOSAN and SORACHI, MARUs escorted by minesweeper W-20 and
1 May 1943:
At 1430, MILAN MARU departs Rabaul for Palau in a convoy also consisting of TOYU, TEIKAI (ex-German FULDA) and TAIRIN MARUs escorted by subchasers CH-16 and CH-22. Midway CH-16 is detached and returns to Rabaul.
8 May 1943:
At 1030, arrives at Palau.
19 May 1943:
MILAN MARU departs Palau in convoy No. 2502 also consisting of MIYAURA and YONEYAMA MARUs and BANSHU MARU No. 15 and an unidentified merchant escorted by subchaser CH-4.
26 May 1943:
Arrives at Balikpapan, Borneo.
11 July 1943:
Java Sea. Billiton Island, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies. At 1800, a convoy consisting of IJA transports MILAN, ANNAN (2940 grt), HAKUSAN and TAMISHIMA MARUs departs for Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) escorted by subchaser CH-21.
23 July 1943:
South China Sea. The convoy departs Penang, Malaya.
26 July 1943:
MILAN, ANNAN and HAKUSAN MARUs are detached and head for Rangoon.
6 September 1943:
Indian Ocean, S of Rangoon. Ten USAAF Consolidated B-24 “Liberator” heavy bombers attack an unidentified convoy and sink MILAN MARU and transport ANNAN MARU at 16-46N, 96-10E. Casualties are unknown.
Thanks go to Erich Muehthaler of Germany.
to IJA Transports