|Missing In Action (MIA)||Prisoners Of War (POW)||Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)|
|Chronology||Locations||Aircraft||Ships||Submit Info||How You Can Help||Donate|
Whale Factory Ship
Tonan Maru No. 2 Class Auxiliary Oiler
534.8' x 74' x 36'
2 x 4" deck guns
2 x machine guns
2 x depth charges
December 23, 1941
On October 10, 1941 requisitioned by the Japanese Navy. During November, converted to a tanker capable of carrying 169,425 barrels of fuel (in 42 gallon barrels) or 23,114-tons of crude oil. Armed with two deck guns, machine guns and depth charges for defense.
On October 10, 1942, being used to ferry aircraft off Kavieng. Hit by a torpedo fired by USS Amberjack (SS-219) and sunk in Kavieng Harbor and another torpedo hit Tenryu Maru moored alongside. During the remainder of the month into November, Japanese pump out and refloat the ship and perform emergency repairs on site.
Departed on November 26 towed by Suwa Maru, but the effort is unsuccessful and both return the same day. Departs again on December 6, arrives at Truk five days later and undergoes more repairs, likely performed by Akashi. On December 16 departs Truk towed by Suwa Maru with tug Nagaura on the starboard side and another on the port side, plus escorting destroyer Yuzuki. On December 27 Yamagumo relieves Yuzuki, arrives Yokohama on December 30.
During 1943, drydocked and repaired.
By September 4, returns to Truk Lagoon as a static oil storage ship, and removed from Navy service on September 25 and returned to prewar owner, Nippon Suisan Kabushiki Kaisha.
On February 9, 1944 off southern Indochina enroute to Nagasaki. Five torpedoes were fired by USS Bonefish (SS-223), four are claimed as hits and damages her at roughly 11-30N, 109-08E. Towed to Singapore Seletar Naval Base for repairs by No. 101 Repair Unit during February to April 1944.
On May 7, departs Singapore with convoy SHIMI-02 arriving at Miri on May 12.
On August 20, departs Keelung, Formosa with convoy TAMO-23.
|Discussion Forum||Daily Updates||Reviews||Museums||Interviews & Oral Histories|