Friday, November 15, 2019

More Of The Same

WED 15 NOV 1944
TG 78.14 (Captain Lord Ashbourne, RN) lands Army troops (31st Division) on Mapia Island, 160 nautical miles northeast of Sansapor.

Marines reoccupy Ngeregong Island (see 9 and 10 November 1944), finding that the Japanese have abandoned it after being pounded by Marine aircraft and LCI(L)-bombardment.

Submarine Barbel (SS-316) attacks Japanese convoy in the South China Sea about 250 miles east of Tourane, French Indochina, sinking transports Misaki Maru, 15°10'N, 112°40'E, and Sugiyama Maru, 15°14'N, 112°14'E.

Submarine Guavina (SS-362) sinks abandoned Japanese army cargo ship Yutaka Maru, damaged the day before by Navy carrier-based aircraft, off Mindoro, 12°25'N, 120°55'E.

Submarine Jack (SS-259), operating in the South China Sea, sinks Japanese transports Nichiei Maru, 11°11'N, 108°56'E, and No.2 Yuzan Maru, 11°15'N, 108°57'E.

Submarine Queenfish (SS-393) attacks Japanese convoy HI-81, and sinks army cargo ship/aircraft transport Akitsu Maru at southern entrance of Tsushima Strait, about 60 miles east of Saishu Island, 33°05'N,128°38'E.

Japanese supply ship Kurasaki sinks as the result of damage inflicted by submarine Raton (SS-270) the previous day, north-northwest of Cape Bolinao, Luzon, 17°27'N, 117°43'E.

Submarine Saury (SS-189) damages Japanese guardboat Kojo Maru, northwest of the Bonins, 29°59'N, 139°44'E (see 16 November 1944).

Submarines Sterlet (SS-392) and Silversides (SS-236) damage Japanese guardboat No.12 Hachiryu Maru northwest of Ogasawara-Gunto, 30°10'N, 137°23'E. No.12 Hachiryu Maru reaches port, but apparently performs no more service.

PB4Y completes destruction of Japanese ship Celebes Maru, aground since 10 November 1944 off Bondoc Point, Luzon, 13°17'N, 112°37'E.

Navy land-based aircraft sink Japanese ship Harufuji Maru off Borneo, 06°52'N, 116°51'E.

USAAF P-38s damage Japanese gunboat Man-Yo Maru off Balikpapan.

RAF Liberators bomb Japanese shipping at Mergui, sinking No.3 Tanshin Maru and communications boat Kasumi.

Destroyer escort Frament (DE-677) collides with Italian submarine Luigi Settembrini 685 miles west of Gibraltar; Frament is damaged, but Luigi Settembrini sinks.

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