YUSOSEN!

(Standard 2AT Tanker KENJO MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

TATSUYO MARU
Tabular Record of Movement

2011 Bob Hackett


E 1944:
Tamano. Laid down at the Mitsui Zosen K.K. shipyard as a 6,850-ton Type 2A Standard Cargo Ship for Tatsuuma Kisen K.K., Nishinomiya.

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

1944:
Launched and named TATSUYO MARU

December 1944:
Completed.

1 January 1945:
At 0715, TATSUYO MARU departs Moji for Takao on her maiden voyage in convoy MOTA-30 consisting of tankers HIKOSHIMA, SANYO, and MANJU MARUs and ANYO, HISAGAWA, MEIHO, RASHIN and DAIGA MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-36, CD-67 CD-112 and probably CD-39.

8 January 1945:
Formosa Strait. At 1830, Cdr (later Rear Admiral/MOH) Eugene B. Fluckey's USS BARB (SS-220) torpedoes TATSUYO MARU. Loaded with munitions, she explodes and sinks instantly at 24-50N, 120-35E with all 63 hands.


- Bob Hackett


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