(ANNAN MARU, prewar)

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2017 Bob Hackett

E 1911:
Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K. Laid down by Sir WG Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., as a 3,016-ton cargo ship for Osaka Shosen K. K., Osaka. [1]

October 1911:
Launched and named ANNAN MARU.

17 November 1911:

16 October 1931
Sold to Kita Nippon Kisen K. K., Otaru.

1937: Second Sino-Japanese War
Most probably requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) and allotted Army No. 68, but dates are unknown.

E 1939:
Released by the IJA back to her owners.

29 November 1942 :
Re-requisitioned by the IJA.

9 December 1942:
ANNAN MARU departs Saeki in the Military Movement No. 8's “G” convoy also consisting of BUNZAN, HOEISAN, KOSO, MOMOYAMA, TAIMEI, and TOKO MARUsescorted by patrol boat PB-46 and subchasers CH-39 and CH-37.

E 10 December 1942:
CH-39 is detached at 28N.

1 July 1943:
Java Sea. Billiton Island, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies. At 1800, ANNAN MARU departs for Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) in a convoy also consisting of IJA transports HAKUSAN, MILAN and TAMISHIMA MARUs escorted by subchaser CH-21.

23 July 1943:
South China Sea. The convoy departs Penang, Malaya.

26 July 1943:
ANNAN, MILAN and HAKUSAN MARUs are detached and head for Rangoon.

6 September 1943:
Indian Ocean, S of Rangoon. Ten USAAF Tenth Air Force Consolidated B-24 “Liberator” heavy bombers attack an unidentified convoy and sink ANNAN and transport MILAN MARU at 16-46N, 96-10E. Casualties are unknown.

Author's Notes:
[1] Sources give varying displacements for ANNAM MARU: 2829 grt, 2941 grt and 3,016 grt.

Thanks go to Erich Muehthaler of Germany.

Bob Hackett

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