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(Standard 2AT Tanker KENJO MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

TAMON MARU No. 15
Tabular Record of Movement

2011 Bob Hackett


E 1943:
Tamano. Laid down at Mitsui Zosen K. K. shipyard as a 6,925-ton Type 2A Standard Cargo Ship for Hachiuma Kisen K.K., Nishinomiya.

1944:
Converted to a Standard 2AT Tanker while on the ways.

1944:
Launched and named TAMON MARU No. 15

5 September 1944:
Completed.

29 September 1944:
At 1500, TAMON MARU No. 15 departs Moji for Takao in convoy MOTA-27 also consisting of SHIROTAE, SAGAMIGAWA, MITSUKI, YAMAHAGI, EIMAN, SHINETSU, KINE, KISHUN, SHINWA and HAMBURG MARUs and six unidentified ships escorted by torpedo boat HATO, kaibokan CD-130 and auxiliary subchasers CHa-151 and CHa-163.

5 October 1944:
At 0630, arrives at Takao.

9 December 1944:
TAMON MARU No. 15 departs Takao for Saigon in convoy TASA-18 also consisting of tankers AMATO, ENKI, DAIETSU, RYOEI MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-14, CD-16, CD-46 and minesweeper W-101.

10 December 1944:
TAMON MARU No. 15 has an engine breakdown and is detached with minesweeper W-101 for Hong Kong.

December 1944-January 1945:
Hong Kong. TAMON MARU No. 15 undergoes engine repairs.

26 January 1945:
Off Gambir Island, N of Qui Nhon Bay, Indochina. TAMON MARU No. 15, probably enroute from Hong Kong to Saigon, strikes a mine laid on 16 Dec 44 by LtCdr Otis R. Cole, Jrs (USNA '36) USS DACE (SS-247) and sinks at 13-36N, 109-18E. 34 crewmen are KIA.


- Bob Hackett


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