japanese Imperial Japanese Navy - IJN - 大日本帝国海軍 Tamatsu Maru (+1944)
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nationality japanese
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1943
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 9433  grt
dimensions 139.9 x 19 x 7.04 m
material steel
engine 2 diesel engines, dual shaft
armament 6 x 1 - 75/44 88-shiki, 20 x 1 - 13.2/76, 20 Daihatsu landing craft
power 10800  h.p.
speed 20.8  knots
yard no. 314
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 19/08/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4755rank: 7
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builder
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
last owner
[1]Imperial Japanese Navy - IJN - 大日本帝国海軍
Tamatsu Maru (+1944)
period 1943 ~ 1944
prev. owners
[2]Nippon Yusen Kaisha - NYK, Tokyo
Tamatsu Maru
period 1942 ~ 1943
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 10/01/2010
last update Allen Tony
last update 26/05/2012
 
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Lettens Jan17/07/2012On August 19th, 1944, U.S. submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks the Japanese landing craft depot repair ship Tamatsu Maru, west of Luzon.
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Lettens Jan21/05/2012CONVOY HI-71, Aug 10-20, 1944

10 August

Convoy HI-71 departs Imari Bay for Singapore, comprised of fleet oiler HAYASUI, oilers TEIYO MARU and EIYO MARU, transports NOSIRO MARU, TEIA MARU (ex-French Liner ARAMIS), AWA MARU, NOTO MARU, HOKKAI MARU, TAMATSU MARU and MAYASAN MARU and food-supply ship IRAKO MARU.

The screen is provided by destroyers FUJINAMI and YUNAGI, kaibokans HIRATO, KURAHASHI, MIKURA, SHONAN, CD-11 and escort carrier TAIYO, providing air cover..

15-17 August

  • HI-71 arrives at Pescadores, 15th
  • In near-Typhoon conditions, departs for Manila on 17th. HI-71 transports troops and supplies for the defense of the Philippines. Destroyer ASAKAZE and kaibokans SADO, ETOROFU, MATSUWA and HIBURI join the screen.

18 August...

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[2] Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII


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Lettens Jan21/05/2012CONVOY HI-71, Aug 10-20, 1944

10 August

Convoy HI-71 departs Imari Bay for Singapore, comprised of fleet oiler HAYASUI, oilers TEIYO MARU and EIYO MARU, transports NOSIRO MARU, TEIA MARU (ex-French Liner ARAMIS), AWA MARU, NOTO MARU, HOKKAI MARU, TAMATSU MARU and MAYASAN MARU and food-supply ship IRAKO MARU.

The screen is provided by destroyers FUJINAMI and YUNAGI, kaibokans HIRATO, KURAHASHI, MIKURA, SHONAN, CD-11 and escort carrier TAIYO, providing air cover..

15-17 August

  • HI-71 arrives at Pescadores, 15th
  • In near-Typhoon conditions, departs for Manila on 17th. HI-71 transports troops and supplies for the defense of the Philippines. Destroyer ASAKAZE and kaibokans SADO, ETOROFU, MATSUWA and HIBURI join the screen.

18 August

  • USS REDFISH (SS-395 Louis D. McGregor) torpedoes and damages 8,673-ton EIYO MARU. Destroyers ASAKAZE and YUNAGI escort her back to Takao, Luzon.
  • USS RASHER (SS-269 Henry G. Munson) hits TEIYO MARU with 3 of 6 torpedoes. TEIYO MARU explodes in a column of flame and part of the ship is blown off and she sinks 20 minutes later.
  • Escort carrier TAIYO is hit by 3 of 4 torpedoes from RASHER in a surface radar attack. Afire, TAIYO sinks quickly taking down most of her crew of 850 men with her.
  • RASHER torpedoes oiler TEIYO MARU. Hit by 3 of 6 torpedoes, she is set afire and sinks.
  • RASHER hits transport TEIA MARU with 3 of 4 torpedoes. The ex-French liner is set afire and sinks, taking down 2,665 men with her.

19 August

  • The convoy splits into two groups.
  • USS RASHER puts 2 torpedoes into NOSIRO MARU and AWA MARU. Both ships are beached near Port Curiman. The AWA MARU is later taken under tow to Manila.
  • USS BLUEFISH (SS-222 Charles M. Henderson) and USS SPADEFISH (SS-411 Gordon W. Underwood) join the attack
  • BLUEFISH hits HAYASUI. She bursts into flames and goes down stern first.
  • USS SPADEFISH hits TAMATSU MARU with two torpedoes and she rolls over and sinks with 4,755 men on board killed.
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