Japanese POW transport ships that were sunk in WWII

 

Date

Japanese POW transport ship

Casualties

01-07-1942

MONTEVIDEO MARU

Torpedoed near Luzon (Philippines) by USS Sturgeon

1033

30-09-1942

LISBON MARU

Torpedoed by U.S.S. Grouper in an area to the South of Shanghai.

900

15-01-1943

NITIMEI MARU

Sunk by US bombers in the Golf van Martaban, Burma

32

17-11-1943

RYUKYU MARU

Sunk by Allied bombers west of the island of Timor.

41

29-11-1943

SUEZ MARU

Torpedoed by submarine USS Bonefish north of Bali island.

540

25-02-1944

TANGO MARU

Torpedoed north of Lombok island by submarine USS Rasher

3000

24-06-1944

TOMOHOKU MARU

Torpedoed by USS TANG off Nagasaki, Japan.

510

26-06-1944

HARUKIKI MARU

Was sunk near Sumatra in the Strait of Malacca by the British submarine HMS Truculent.

178

07-09-1944

SHINYO MARU

Sunk by American Submarine USS Paddle off the west coast of Mindanao at Sindangan Point (Philippines).

668

 

12-09-1944

KACHIDOKI MARU

Was torpedoed by the American submarine USS Pampanito

RAKUYO MARU

Sunk by American submarine USS Sealion II near Hainan South China Sea. (Both ships, sailing in a large convoy, were headed for Japan.)

1546

18-09-1944

JUNYO MARU

Sunk by British submarine HMS Tradewind off the west coast of Sumatra between Bengkulu and Padang.

5620

 

21-09-1944

HOFUKU MARU

(Also known as the Fuji Maru, Fuku Maru and the Toyofuku Maru)

Sunk by American bombers off Luzon (Philippines) bound for Japan

1047

24-10-1944

ARISIAN MARU

Was torpedoed by the submarine USS Shark II in the Bashi Straits, South China Sea, east of Hong Kong.

1791

15-12-1944

ORYOKO MARU

Sunk by US Navy planes from the USS Hornet near Manila.

1000

 

NB. These ships carried no markings or flag indicating that they were carrying Allied prisoners. Allies had no way of recognizing these ships as carrying POWs.

 

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