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  Kokai Maru

3,871 Tons
226' 7" x 33' 5" x 18' 5"

Shipwreck History
Built in 1939. Owned by Simatani Risen K. K., Hakodate Dock Company.

Wartime History
On March 10, 1942 damaged by U. S. Navy aircraft while lading supplies on New Guinea.

Sometime between the middle of September 1943 until December 1943, this vessel transported Prisoner Of War (POW) 1st Lt. Edward Albert Croker pilot of TBF Avenger 06452 who bailed out September 16, 1943 and was captured.

Sinking History
On February 21, 1944 attacked by U. S. aircraft, bombed and sunk off New Hanover. Aboard were 420 crew and military personnel returning to Japan.

Fates of the Crew
Caption Toshio Ose survived.

Dictionary of Disasters at Sea page 393
The Kavieng Wharf Massacre

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018


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