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The Japanese Shipping Losses in the Pacific and Southeast Asia
(December 7th, 1941 - March 9th, 1942)


Japan


W-13 – Minesweeper (MS)
Date of loss – January 12th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by coastal gun batteries at Karungan while covering Japanese invasion of Tarakan. Due to phone lines being cut it was unknown to the personnel operating the gun batteries that Tarakan had already capitulated. As a reprisal, the 84 men operating the guns are executed.

W-14 – Minesweeper (MS)
Date of loss – January 12th, 1942
Reason - Sunk by coastal gun batteries at Karungan while covering Japanese invasion of Tarakan. Due to phone lines being cut it was unknown to the personnel operating the gun batteries that Tarakan had already capitulated. As a reprisal, the 84 men operating the guns are executed.

W-9 – Minesweeper (MS)
Date of loss – February 2nd, 1942
Reason – Sunk by mines laid by the Dutch minelayer (ML) Gouden Leeuw during the Japanese invasion of Ambon.

I-170 – Submarine (SS)
Date of loss – December 10th, 1941
Reason – Sunk by USN carrier-based aircraft off Hawaii Islands.

I-60 – Submarine (SS)
Date of loss – January 17th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by British destroyer (DD) Jupiter while proceeding through the Sunda Strait.

Hayate – Destroyer (DD)
Date of loss – December 11th, 1941
Reason – Sunk by US Marine shore battery gunfire off Wake Island.

Kisaragi – Destroyer (DD)
Date of loss – December 11th, 1941
ReasonBombed and sunk by USMC F4Fs of the VMF 211 off Wake Island.

Shinonome – Destroyer (DD)
Date of loss – December 19th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch flying boats off Miri, British North Borneo.

Sagiri – Destroyer (DD)
Date of loss – December 24th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine (SS) K-XVI near Kuching, British North Borneo.

Natsushio – Destroyer (DD)
Date of loss – February 9th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN submarine (SS) S-37 while covering the Japanese invasion near Makassar (Celebes).

Zuiko Maru – Gunboat
Date of loss – December 14th, 1941
Reason – Wrecked and driven aground by storm, sinks off Matsuwa Jima, Kuriles.


Awazisan Maru (9,794 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – December 8th, 1941
ReasonSunk by RAAF aircraft off Kota Bharu.

Takao Maru (4,282 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – December 10th, 1941
Reason – Sunk by USAAF aircraft, West of Luzon.

Tozan Maru (8,666t) – Transport
Date of loss – December 12th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine O-16, off Singora. Salved by IJN, sunk by torpedo from USN submarines Crevalle and Flasher on July 26th, 1944 in South China Sea.

Asosan Maru (8,812t) – Transport
Date of loss – December 12th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine O-16, off Singora. Salved by IJN, sunk May 1st, 1944 by torpedo from US submarine Bluegill West of the Philippines.

Kinka Maru (9,306t) – Transport
Date of loss – December 12th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine O-16, off Singora. Salved by IJN, sunk by USN aircraft on November 13th, 1944, East of the Philippines.

Atsutasan Maru (11,391t) – Freighter
Date of loss – December 15th, 1941
ReasonSunk by USS submarine Swordfish, off the south coast of Hainan.

Hayo Maru (5,445 tons) – Cargo ship
Date of loss – December 22nd, 1941
ReasonSunk by USN submarine (SS) S-38 in Lingayen Gulf.

Hayataka Maru (856 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – December 22nd, 1941
ReasonSunk by USN submarine (SS) Seal, off Vigan.

Katori Maru (9,848t) – Transport
Date of loss – December 23th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine K-XIV, off Kuching.

Hiyoshi Maru (4,943t) – Transport
Date of loss – December 23th, 1941
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine K-XIV, off Kuching.

Tairu Maru (4,994t) – Freighter
Date of loss – January 10th, 1942
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine O-19, South China Sea.

Akita Maru (3,817 tons) – Transport
Date of loss – January 10th, 1942
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine O-19.

Nana Maru (6,764 tons) – Transport
Date of loss – January 23rd, 1942
Reason – Sunk by Dutch bombers while accompanying Japanese invasion fleet to Balikpapan.

P37/Hishi – Patrol Boat
Date of loss – January 23rd, 1942
Reason – Sunk by Dutch submarine (SS) K-XVIII and USN destroyers during the Battle of Balikpapan.

Tsuruga Maru (6,987 tons) – Transport
Date of loss – January 23rd, 1942
ReasonSunk by Dutch submarine (SS) K-XVIII during invasion of Balikpapan.

Sumanoura Maru (3,519 tons) – Transport
Date of loss – January 24th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN destroyer John D. Ford during the Battle of Balikpapan.

Tatukami Maru (7,064 tons) – Transport
Date of loss – January 24th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN destroyers Pope and Parrott during the Battle of Balikpapan.

Kuretake Maru (5,175 tons) – Transport
Date of loss – January 24th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN destroyer Paul Jones during the Battle of Balikpapan.

Myoken Maru (4,124 tons) – Cargo ship
Date of loss – January 24th, 1942
ReasonSunk by USN submarine (SS) Swordfish in Kendari harbour.

Bordeaux Maru (6,567 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – February 1st, 1942
Reason – Sunk by shellfire from USN surface ship near Marshall Islands.

Tamagawa Maru (6,441 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – February 2nd, 1942
ReasonSunk by torpedo from USN submarine Seadragon West of Luzon.

Kurama Maru (6,789 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – February 9th, 1942
Reason – Sunk in East China Sea, cause unknown.

Inabasan Maru (989 tons) – Cargo ship
Date of loss – February 14th, 1942
ReasonSunk by air attacks during Japanese invasion near Palembang.

Otawa Maru (5,000 t) – Freighter
Date of loss – February 15th, 1942
ReasonSunk by air attacks during Japanese invasion near Palembang.

Sakura Maru (7,167 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 1st, 1942
ReasonSunk by USAAF aircraft or by a friendly torpedo, North of Sunda Strait.

Horai Maru (9,192 tons) – Troopship
Date of loss – March 1st, 1942
ReasonSunk during the battle of Sunda Strait, probably by torpedo from an IJN surface ship.

Kaizyo Maru (8,637 tons) – Tanker
Date of loss – March 1st, 1942
Reason – Sunk by torpedo from USN submarine Grampus near Caroline Islands.

Kamogawa Maru (6,441 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 2nd, 1942
Reason – Sunk by torpedo from USN submarine Sailfish, West of Kyushu.

Morioka Maru (4,469 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 4th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by sea mine off Sasebo.

Kongo Maru (8,624 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 10th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN aircraft in Solomon Sea.

Kosei Maru (6,668 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 10th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by Japanese sea mine, East of Luzon.

Tenyo Maru (6,843 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 10th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN carrier-bases aircraft in Bismarck Sea.

Tenyo Maru (6,843 tons) – Freighter
Date of loss – March 10th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN carrier-bases aircraft in Bismarck Sea.

Yokohama Maru (6,143 tons) – Troopship
Date of loss – March 10th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by USN carrier-bases aircraft in Bismarck Sea.

Kitano Maru (7,952 tons) – Troopship
Date of loss – March 27th, 1942
Reason – Sunk by Japanese sea mine, East of Luzon.



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