RIKUGUN YUSOSEN

(KOGI MARU, similar age & size coastal freighter)

IJA cargo SHINTOKU MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement

2018 Bob Hackett


E 1942:
Osaka. Laid down by Settsu Zosen Kogyo K.K., as a 780-ton coastal freighter for Daisotoku Jiro of Kobe.

1942:
Launched and named SHINTOKU MARU.

December 1942:
Completed.

E 1943:
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 Buin, Bougainville.

SW of Buin, Bougainville Strait. USN carrier planes bomb and sink SHINTOKU MARU at 07-00S-155-35E. Casualties unknown.


Author's Notes:
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.

Bob Hackett


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