(Oiler by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")


Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008-2015 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 2

27 March 1943:
Aioi. Laid down by Harima Shipbuilding as a 5,141-ton Type 1TM Wartime Standard Merchant Tanker for Nitto Kisen K. K., Tokyo.

5 July 1943:
Launched and named RYUEI MARU.

30 August 1943:

2 September 1943:
RYUEI MARU departs Moji in convoy SA-12 also consisting of YAMAMIZU MARU No.2 and Navy oilers SUNOSAKI and ASHIZURI.

4 September 1943:
East China Sea. LtCdr Ian C. Eddy’s (USNA ’30) USS PARGO (SS-264) torpedoes and damages RYUEI MARU at 30-06N, 128-02E, but she is able to continue.

14 September 1943:
Arrives at Singapore.

September 1943:
Singapore. Undergoes inspection and repairs.

27 November 1943:
Requisitioned by the IJN as an Ippan Choyosen (B-AO) (general requisitioned ship [oil supply]).

28 November 1943:
Departs Sasebo for Moji.

1 December 1943:
RYUEI MARU departs Moji in Part 1 of convoy HI-23 also consisting of fleet oiler TAKASAKI, oilers ICHIU, ASASHIO and OMUROSAN MARUs and transports AKI and NOSHIRO MARUs escorted by destroyer NAMIKAZE.

5 December 1943:
The second echelon of convoy HI-23 departs Moji consisting of oilers TATEKAWA, ITSUKUSHIMA and BOKUEI MARUs escorted by fleet oiler OSE (ex-Dutch GENOTA).

6 December 1943:
Fleet oiler SUNOSAKI from Sasebo joins convoy HI-23 at sea.

7 December 1943:
RYUEI MARU departs Takao in convoy HI-23 also consisting of tankers OMUROSAN, ASASHIO, ICHIU, ICHIYO, GOYO, ITSUKUSHIMA, TATEKAWA and BOKUEI MARU, fleet oilers TAKASAKI, SUNOSAKI and OSE and cargo passenger ships NOSHIRO and AKI MARUs escorted by destroyer NAMIKAZE and kaibokan KANJU.

10 December 1943:
Arrives at St Jacques, Indochina.

17 December 1943:
Arrives at Seletar Naval Base, Singapore.

19 December 1943:
At 1200 departs Singapore in HI-24 also consisting of ASAHIO, ARABIA, BOKUEI, ICHIYO, ASAHI, ASAHISAN and GOYO MARUs escorted by kaibokan KANJU.

28 December 1943:
Arrives at Takao. ASAHISAN, GOYO and RYUEI MARUs are detached. Later (exact date unknown) RYUEI MARU leaves for Miri

3 January 1944:
South China Sea, NW of Miri. LtCdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) Herbert L. Jukes’ (USNA ’32) USS KINGFISH (SS-234) torpedoes and sinks RYUEI MARU at 06-03N, 110-02E. 46 crewmen are KIA.

Author's Notes:
Some sources confuse 1TM RYUEI MARU with the smaller 2TM RYUEI MARU completed well after the 1TM was sunk.

Thanks to Gilbert Casse of France.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

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