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U. S. Army c1943
U. S. Army c1944
USN July 30, 1944
On December 16, 1941 part of a convoy for the invasion of Davao on Mindanao transporting the invasion force along with Hankow Maru, Havana Maru, Hiteru Maru, Kanko Maru, Kuretake Maru, Liverpol Maru, Teiryu Maru (Augsburg). Afterwards, on December 29, 1941 departs Davao as part of a convoy bound for Tako including Toei Maru, Taito Maru, Lyons Maru escorted by destroyer Amatsukaze.
On November 12, 1942 departed Shortland as part of a convoy of eleven transports (Arizona Maru, Kumagawa Maru, Sado Maru, Nagara Maru, Nako Maru, Canberra Maru, Brisbane Maru, Kinugawa Maru, Hirokawa Maru, Yamaura Maru, and Yamatsuki Maru) escorted by twelve destroyers to deliver supplies and reinforcements to Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal during the night of November 13, 1942 but were recalled back to Shortland due to the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and returned to Shortland on November 13, 1942.
On November 13, 1942 during the afternoon the convoy again departed Shortland bound for Cape Esperence. While traveling down "The Slot", spotted by Americans aircraft and attacked on November 14, 1942 during the morning, overwhelming the escorting Japanese aircraft and sinking six transports and one was damaged that turned back and later sank. The remaining four transports and four destroyers continued and after sunset on November 14, 1942, they stopped west of Guadalcanal, awaiting the conclusion of the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during the night of November 14-15, 1942.
Beginning at 5:55am, American aircraft from Henderson Field and artillery began bombarding the ship. Later, USS Meade DD-602 approached and opened fire for an hour with 5" shells, leaving the vessel "blazing with many internal explosions". Most of their cargo of ammunition and supplies were destroyed by the the attacks. Afterwards, the vessels were abandoned.
During early February 1943 when American forces secured Cape Esperence, this shipwreck was photographed extensively by visiting Allied personnel. By the middle of 1944 a salvaged Type A Midget Submarine was towed onto the beach nearby the shipwreck.
On July 30, 1944 Yamazuki Maru was used as a target for tests of a TDR-1 assault drone from STAG-1 based at North Field on Banika as part of a top secret project to test the United States first guided missile test program.
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