(ARGALIA (later MIYADONO MARU), prewar)
IJA MIYADONO MARU:
Tabular Record of
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Stockton-On-Tees, England. Laid down at Craig, Taylor & Co. Ltd.,
as a 5,214-ton B-class standard cargo ship (WWI) for The Shipping Controller,
Launched and named WAR KESTREL.
Sold to the Donaldson Line (Donaldson Bros.), Glasgow, Scotland.
Sold to Tatsuuma Kisen K. K., Nishinomiya. Renamed MIYADONO MARU.
3 July 1929:
At 0844, MIYADONO MARU departs Sydney, Australia for
21 September 1941:
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) for service as a troop transport. Alloted IJA No. 758.
18 December 1941: The Invasion of the Northern Philippines:
MIYADONO MARU departs Mako, Pescadores for Lingayen Gulf, Philippines in Rear
Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Rear Admiral Nishimura Shoji's (39)(former CO of
HARUNA) 2nd Lingayen Invasion Unit with 27 other IJA transports carrying the 7th
Tank Regiment and an infantry regiment of the 48th Infantry Division escorted by
DesRon 2's light cruiser NAKA, DesDiv 9's ASAGUMO, MINEGUMO, NATSUGUMO,
minesweepers W-9, W-10, W-11, W-12, W-17 and W-18 and subchasers CH-4, CH-5,
CH-6, CH-10, CH-11, CH-12, CH-16 , CH-17 and CH-18.
The Japanese main invasion at Lingayen Gulf consists of three transport
echelons. The first is composed of 27 transports from Takao under Rear Admiral
Hara Kensaburo, the second of 28 transports under Rear Admiral Nishimura and the
third of 21 transports from Keelung under Rear Admiral Hirose Sueto. This force
of 76 transports carries the main part of LtGen Homma Masaharu's 80,000-man 14th
24 December 1941:
MIYADONO MARU and Rear Admiral Nishimura's 2nd
Lingayen Invasion Unit arrive at Caba, Lingayen Gulf between 0110 and 0430. At
0530, LtGen Dobashi's 2nd Lingayen Invasion Unit begins landing troops.
14 January 1942:
At 1700, MIYADONO MARU departs Moji for Takao in a
convoy also consisting of ADEN, ASAKA, HAVRE, TAKAOKA and YAE MARUs escorted by
minelayers HIRASHIMA and TSUBAME.
18 January 1942:
Arrives at Takao.
28 May 1942:
At 1200, MIYADONO MARU departs Mako for Ujina in convoy
No. 216 also consisting of HOKUSHIN, IIDA, KENZAN, MIYADONO, PENANG, SAIHO,
SANFUKU and SUEZ MARUs and FUKUEI MARU No. 2 escorted by destroyer SANAE and
31 May 1942:
NW of Amami-O-Shima. The convoy detects an enemy
submarine. Minelayer TSUBAME arrives on the scene and she and TAKASHIMA drop
depth charges. No submarine attacks develop.
3 June 1942:
Arrives at Ujina, Hiroshima.
13 December 1942:
MIYADONO MARU departs Saeki in Military Movement No.
8’s convoy “H” also consisting of KASHU, KIZAN, NANKING, TOMIURA and YAGUMO
MARUs escorted by torpedo boat HATO and subchaser CH-36.
E 14 December 1942:
The escorts are detached at 29N.
9 March 1943:
At 1600, MIYADONO MARU departs Truk for Rabaul in a
convoy also consisting of TAIKO and UJIGAWA MARUs escorted by minesweeper W-15.
11 March 1943:
At 0800, the convoy arrives at Shortland.
13 March 1943:
At 1530, MIYADONO MARU departs Shortland for Rabaul
carrying Guadalcanal evacuees in a convoy also consisting of TAIKO MARU escorted
by subchaser CH-28.
15 March 1943:
At 0500 arrives at Rabaul.
1 May 1943:
MIYADONO MARU departs Palau in convoy No. 3206 also
consisting of ADEN, ASO, BENGAL, KIZAN and TOYAMA MARUs escorted by destroyer
6 May 1943:
Arrives at Manila.
15 May 1943:
At 1435, MIYADONO MARU departs Rabaul for Palau in convoy
R-515 also consisting of ADEN and KIZAN MARUs and two unidentified merchants
bound escorted by subchaser CH-39. At an unknown point, CH-39 is detached.
21 May 1943:
At 0430 arrives at Rabaul.
14 June 1943:
MIYADONO MARU departs Palau for Rabaul in convoy P-514
consisting of HAKUTETSU and NICHIRYU MARUs and TAGANOURA MARU No. 13 escorted by
19 June 1943:
250 nms N of Manus Island, Admiralties, Papua New
Guinea. At 1514, LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Arnold F. Schade's (USNA ’33) USS
GROWLER (SS-215) torpedoes MIYADONO MARU at 01-52N, 148-03E. Three passengers
and five crewmen are KIA. About midnight, after the survivors had been rescued,
CH-22 scuttles badly damaged MIYADONO MARU by gunfire.
Thanks to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany and the late John Whitman.
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