IJN T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank

(T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank by Takeshi Yuki)

IJN LST T.136:
Tabular Record of Movement

2014-2017 Bob Hackett
Revision 1

5 February 1944.
Numbered T.136.

28 April 1944:
Urasaki Zosensho. Laid down Kawanami Kogyo, K. K. as Hull No. 10, a 950-ton T. 103-class landing ship tank.

5 October 1944:
Launch ceremony.

15 July 1944:

20 August 1944:
Completed. Based at Sasebo. Lt Mori Take is appointed Commanding Officer. At 1700, undergoes attack by 3 B-29 bombers.

21 August 1944:
Departs Urasaki. Arrives at Sasebo.

22-27 August 1944:
Undergoes equipment gun expansion; loads supplies, fuel and fresh water.

28 August 1944:
Starts loading of transported goods

29 August 1944:
Loads seven cars, air defense team property, 48 passengers.

30 August 1944:
Departs Sasebo. Arrives at Ebisu Bay.

31 August 1944:
Departs Ebisu Bay. Arrives at Ushibuka, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu.

1 September 1944:
Arrives at Kagoshima.

3 September 1944:
Loads raw food, fresh water.

5 September 1944:
Reclassified as Transport Vessel, Grade: Second Class, Ship Type: No. 100 Type. Departs Kagoshima. Arrives at Chiringashima.

6 September 1944:
Departs Chiringashima.

7 September 1944:
Arrives at Seso.

8 September 1944:
Embarks 300 passengers. Departs Seso. Arrives at Eniyabanare.

9 September 1944:
Arrives at Chiringashima.

10 September 1944:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks passenger, loads Sasebo Navy military department empty boxes.

11 September 1944:
Departs Kagoshima. Arrives at Ebisu Bay.

12 September 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

13-16 September 1944:
Loads supplies, food, fuel and fresh water.

19 September 1944:
Departs Sasebo and arrives at Hesaki later this day.

20 September 1944:
Departs Hesaki and arrives at Kure later this day.

20 September 1944:
Arrives at Kure.

21 September 1944:
Loads soup and fresh water.

22 September 1944:
Departs Kure. Arrives at Odusu. Loads Tango, special two-type boat, tanks mounted with various properties.

23 September 1944:
At 0100, arrives at Okishima. A passenger boards. Departs and arrives at Osako. Embarks six passengers.

24 September 1944:
At 0800, convoy TAMA-29A departs Mutsure consisting of transport SHINKO MARU, minelayer MAESHIMA and second class transports T. 135 and T. 136. The convoy carries 18 Type 2 amphibious tanks, 165 tank crewmen and trucks. At 1740, arrives at Tomie, Goto Retto.

25 September 1944:
T. 136 is assigned to the Combined Fleet's First Transportation Squadron.

27 September 1944:
At 0700, departs Tomie.

30 September 1944:
At 0700, arrives at Xiamen.

2 October 1944:
At 0900, departs Xiamen. At 1840, arrives at Mako.

6 October 1944:
At 0925, departs Mako. At 1625, arrives at Takao.

7-8 October 1944:
Loads fuel and fresh water.

9 October 1944:
At 0900, departs Takao. At 1020, arrives Saei, departing at 1300. At 1645, arrives at Toko, southern Formosa.

10 October 1944:
At 0400, departs Toko. At 1815, arrives at Sabtang Island, Luzon Strait.

11 October 1944:
Manila. Hq, 3rd Southern Expeditionary Fleet orders convoy TAMA-29A to withdraw to an anchorage south of Luzon Strait. At 0830, the convoy departs Sabtang Island. At 1835, it arrives at Musa Bay, Fuga Island.

12-15 October 1944:
Lands tanks, troops and personnel.

16 October 1944:
Hq, 3rd Southern Expeditionary Fleet orders the convoy advance to Lapoc Bay, west coast of Luzon. At 0900 departs Musa Bay. At 1800, arrives at Lapoc Bay anchorage.

17 October 1944:
Assigned to the Southwest Fleet.

18 October 1944:
Salomague Bay, near Lapoc Bay. At 1050, minelayer SHINKO MARU and LST T. 135 begin unloading. At 1300, Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Gerald F. Bogan's (USNA 16) Task Group 38.2's carrier aircraft from USS INTREPID (CV-11) and others begin bombing attacks.

SHINKO MARU is hit by bombs that induce explosions in her cargo of mines. She sinks instantly with no survivors at 18-35N, 121-40E. Transport T. 135s upper deck is machine-gunned and the amphibious tanks set afire. At 1340, T.135 is abandoned.

T. 136 is hit on the stern by three bombs. Fuel of the amphibious tanks catches fire. At 1335, T. 136 is ordered abandoned. After the bombers depart, the ship is wracked by internal explosions and sinks at 17-46N, 120.25E. About 360 crewmen from the transports and amphibious tanks swim to the shore and survive.

10 May 1945:
Removed from the Navy List

Author's Note:
Thanks go to Berend van der Wal of the Netherlands for info in Rev 1.

-Bob Hackett

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