Loaded aboard the Toa Maru No. 2 and secured to the deck between cargo hold No. 2 and hold No. 3. This tank was to be unloaded at Vilu on Kolombangara or Munda on New Georgia.
On January 31, 1943 the convoy was attacked by U. S. aircraft including SBD Dauntless dive bombers and F4F Wildcats. Damaged, Toa Maru No. 2 was abandoned and the vessel floated for three days before running arground and sinking into Kololuka Bay north of Ghizo
Island. This tank went down with the ship.
During the sinking, this tank came loose and came to rest on its right side when the ship sank and settled on the bottom.
Thanks to Dive Gizo for additional information
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August 12, 2018