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During the afternoon of February 5, 1944 the prisoners were loaded aboard the Dorish Maru moored at Hansa Bay. Also, roughly 100 Japanese soldiers joined them on the deck as passengers. No marking or indication of the civilian prisoners was placed on the vessel. The vessel departed at roughly midnight bound for Kairiru Island off Wewak. Overnight, it was spotted by American planes and anti-aircraft gunners aboard fired at them, but no attack was made against the ship.
At dawn on February 6, 1944 roughly off the coast from the Sepik River, the ship was attacked by a twin engined American aircraft that dropped an aerial bomb that was a near miss, while the ship and soldiers fired at the aircraft. Ten minutes later, another bomber returned and dropped another bomb nearby, and ten minutes later there was a third attack, and claimed to shoot down one of the attacking bombers which crashed into the sea.
At dawn, the ship was off Turubu and around 8am, the ship neared Kairiru Island, and another ship burning ofshore. Overflown by twelve other bombers, the first failed to make an attack, but others bombed and attacked, hitting the ship's anti-aircraft guns and killing crew on the deck during an attack that lasted a half hour.
Aboard, Bishop Wolf plus 27 out of the 48 sisters aboard had been killed in the attack, plus many others wounded. Of the Catholic group of 138, 7 priest, 14 brothers and 28 nuns and seven others were killed, and all but six others were wounded.
The ship was damaged, and limped towards Wewak Harbor at reduced speed. Reaching the shore, the wounded and dead were off loaded, and dead lined up on a hillside. Japanese doctors gave some assistance to the wounded.
Known passengers aboard:
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