IJN T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank

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

IJN LST T.139:
Tabular Record of Movement

2017 Bob Hackett

5 February 1944.
Numbered T.139.

5 July 1944:
Urasaki Zosensho. Laid down Kawanami Kogyo, K. K. as a 950-ton T. 103-class landing ship tank.

18 August 1944:

25 September 1944:
Completed. Navy Lt Mizusawa Sadanori is appointed Commanding Officer.

5 September 1944:
Rerated a 2nd Class Yusokan.

1 October 1944:
Begins loading.

5 October 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

6 October 1944:
Arrives at Kagoshima.

9 October 1944:
Embarks 15 passengers.

10 October 1944:
Departs Kagoshima.

13 October 1944:
Arrives at Naha, Okinawa.

24 October 1944:
Departs Naha.

25 October 1944:
At 1400, arrives at Keelung, Formosa.

30 October 1944:
Departs Keelung for Takao.

31 October 1944:
Arrives at Takao.

2 November 1944:
At 1130, fleet convoy TAMA-31A departs Takao for Manila consisting of LST's T. 139, T. 111, T. 140, T. 160 and KAGU MARU escorted by subchaser CH-21 and minesweeper W-20. The ships are part of an emergency transport run to Manila following the Battle for Leyte Island and are carrying 1,820 men including a naval construction unit from Kure, an anti-aircraft unit and a Special Naval Landing Force.

3 November 1944:
The convoy shelters in Lapoc Bay, N of Vigan, arriving at 1800.

4 November 1944:
At 0700, convoy TAMA-31A leaves Lapoc Bay and heads south for Manila.

5 November 1944:
Engages in air warfare.

6 November 1944:
W coast of Luzon, Silanguin Bay. T.139 is sunk by aircraft of Vice Admiral John S. McCain's Task Force 38's TG 38.3 at 14-35N, 120-55E. Casualties are unknown.

10 March 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

-Bob Hackett

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