(Type 1TM Standard Tanker underway)
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Osaka. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen K.K., as a 5,068-ton Standard Type 1TM tanker for Mitsui Sempaku, K.K., Tokyo.
Launched and named OGURASAN MARU.
Completed and requisitioned by the Japanese Government's Senpaku Uneikai civilian wartime shipping authority. Chartered to the Imperial Army with a civilian crew.
24 November 1943:
At 1300, OGURASAN MARU departs St Jacques in convoy No. 444 also consisting of TEIRITSU (ex-French LECONTE DE LISLE), TAINAN, TARUSHIMA and SANTOS MARUs and four unidentified ships escorted by auxiliary gunboat KAZAN (HUASHAN) MARU. OGURASAN
MARU carries a cargo of aviation gasoline.
26 November 1943:
16 nms E of Baie de Xuan, Annam, Indochina. At about 0445, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral, Ret) Walter T. Griffith’s USS BOWFIN (SS-287) torpedoes and sinks OGURASAN MARU at 13-25N-109-30E. 30 crewmen are lost.
At 0452, BOWFIN (SS-287) also torpedoes and sinks TAINAN MARU at the same location. 24 crewmen are KIA.
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