YUSOSEN!

(Wartime Standard Merchant Tanker 1TL)

IJN OMINESAN MARU:

Tabular Record of Movement

2008-2012 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 1


7 June 1943:
Nagasaki. Laid down as a 10, 536-ton 1TL Standard Merchant Tanker for Mitsui Sempaku.

1 October 1943:
Launched and named OMINESAN MARU. [1]

27 November 1943:
Completed and requisitioned by the IJN the same day.

3 December 1943:
Departs Nagasaki.

4 December 1943:
Arrives at Sasebo.

6 December 1943:
Departs Sasebo.

7 December 1943:
Arrives at an unknown Japanese port.

9 December 1943:
Departs the unknown port and later that day arrives at Moji.

11 December 1943:
OMINESAN MARU departs Moji in convoy HI-25 consisting of cargo ships JUYO, NISHI, SHOZUI and KAGU MARUs and tankers OTOWASAN, NICHINAN, ZUIHO and AMATSU MARUs escorted by kaibokan TSUSHIMA.

15 December 1943:
Before arrival, JUYO MARU detaches for Kirun. Later that day the rest of the convoy arrives at Takao. NISHI MARU is detached.

16 December 1943:
Departs Takao.

21 December 1943:
Arrives at Singapore.

26 December 1943:
At 1000 departs Singapore in HI-26 convoy believed to also consist of AMATSU, OTOWASAN MARUs, TAKASAKI and possibly up to three unidentified merchant ships with kaibokan TSUSHIMA as sole escort. [3]

1 January 1944:
Arrives at Takao. TSUSHIMA Detaches. Registered in the IJN under internal order No. 16 as an auxiliary oiler, (Otsu) category and attached to the Sasebo Naval District with Sasebo as homeport.

3 January 1944:
Departs Takao with convoy increased by addition of SHINSHU, TOZAN, ARIMASAN, NOTO, MIIKE and MAYASAN MARUs with light cruiser KASHII as escort. Note that some or all of these may have joined north of Takao.

7 January 1944:
At 1830 arrives at Moji.

9 January 1944:
At Tokuyama.

20 January 1944:
At 1200, OMINESAN MARU departs Moji for Singapore in convoy HI-37 also consisting of tankers AMATSU and OTOWASAN MARUs, passenger-cargo ships MIIKE and NOTO MARUs and IJA landing craft depot ships KIBITSU and MAYASAN MARUs and an unidentified ship escorted by kaibokan MIYAKE and KANJU.

29 January 1944:
At 1200, arrives at Singapore.

2 February 1944:
At 1300, OMINESAN MARU departs Singapore in convoy HI-38 also consisting of fleet oiler ASHIZURI and tankers AMATSU, OTOWASAN, NICHINAN and OKIKAWA MARUs, transports KAGU and KACHIDOKI (ex-PRESIDENT HARRISON) escorted by kaibokan KANJU.

8 February 1944:
At 1700, arrives at Takao.

9 February 1944:
At 1000, departs Takao.

13 February 1944:
At 1430, arrives at Moji.

14 February 1944:
At 0930, departs Moji. Arrives at Tokuyama later that day.

20 February 1944:
Departs Tokuyama.

21 February 1944:
At 0700, OMINESAN MARU departs Moji for Singapore in convoy HI-47 also consisting of tankers AMATSU, OTOWASAN and KYOKUHO MARUs, cargo liner NOSHIRO MARU and five unidentified merchant ships escorted by kaibokan ETOROFU and SADO.

26 February 1944:
At 0850, the convoy arrives at Takao.

27 February 1944:
At midnight, the convoy departs Takao, its number swelled by five unidentified merchants and kaibokan IKI.

28 February 1944:
Kaibokan SADO is detached from the convoy and returns to Takao

1 March 1944:
Directly attached to the Combined Fleet

4 March 1944:
South China Sea, about 300 miles W of Miri, Borneo. At dawn, LtCdr (later Cdr) Charles M. Henderson's (USNA 34) USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) attacks the convoy and hits OMINESAN MARU in the engine room with two torpedoes. She sinks by the stern in shallow water at 05-29N, 108-46E. 46 crewmen are KIA.

10 May 1944:
Removed from the Navy List under internal order No. 654.


Authors' Notes:
[1] OMINESAN MARU is frequently shown in Allied records as TAIHOSAN MARU.

[2] It is possible, but unlikely, that ICHIYO MARU was in this convoy rather than OMINESAN MARU.

[3] ICHIYO MARU may possibly have been in this convoy but was more likely in HI-24

Thanks to Gilbert Casse of France.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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