(KOGI MARU, similar age & size coastal freighter)
IJA cargo SHINTOKU MARU:
Tabular Record of
© 2018 Bob Hackett
Osaka. Laid down by Settsu Zosen Kogyo K.K., as a 780-ton coastal freighter for Daisotoku Jiro of Kobe.
Launched and named SHINTOKU MARU.
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) and alloted IJA No. 1011.
1 May 1943:
At noon, SHINTOKU MARU departs Shortland for Rabaul in a convoy also consisting of SUMIYOSHI and TAKUEI MARUs escorted by subchaser CH-30.
3 May 1943:
At 0520, the convoy arrives at Rabaul.
15 May 1943:
At 1600, SHINTOKU MARU departs Rabaul for Shortland escorting a convoy consisting of KYOSEI and SUMIYOSHI MARUs and WAKAMATSU MARU No. 1 escorted by subchaser CH-30. Enroute, SUMIYOSHI MARU and WAKAMATSU MARU No. 1 are detached for Buka Island, N of Bougainville, Papua, New Guinea.
17 May 1943:
At 1030, arrives at Shortland Island, Bougainville.
20 May 1943:
At 1700, SHINTOKU MARU departs Shortland for Rabaul in a convoy also consisting of ATSU, KYOSEI and SUMIYOSHI MARUs escorted by subchaser CH-30.
22 May 1943:
At 0545, arrives at Rabaul.
3 June 1943:
At 1300, SHINTOKU MARU departs Rabaul in a convoy also consisting of TAKUEI MARU and KOSHU MARU No. 2 and MITSU MARU No. 3 escorted by subchasers CH-12 and CH-29.
5 June 1943:
At 0800, the convoy arrives at Shortland, Bougainville. Later that day, SHINTOKU MARU departs for
SW of Buin, Bougainville Strait. USN carrier planes bomb and sink SHINTOKU MARU at 07-00S-155-35E. Casualties unknown.
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.