Friday, May 29, 2020


TUE 29 MAY 1945
Off Okinawa, kamikazes crash destroyer Shubrick (DD-639), 26°38'N, 127°05'E, and high speed transport Tatum (APD-81), 26°40'N, 127°50'E; groundings account for damage to motor minesweeper YMS-81, 26°16'N, 127°52'E, and tank landing ship LST-844, 26°17'N, 127°51'E.

Mine laid by USAAF B-29 (20th Air Force) sinks Japanese cargo vessel Umatsu Maru off Mutsure Jima, 34°00'N, 130°50'E, and damage army cargo ship No.6 Unyo Maru 3.6 miles off Hesaki light, 31°41'N, 129°45'E, and merchant cargo ship No.5 Nissen Maru off Mutsure Jima.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Etsunan Maru is sunk by RAF-laid mine at 10°30'N, 99°24'E; later that day, submarine Hawkbill (SS-366) torpedoes Kamiyama Maru as she picks up Etsunan Maru survivors, and forces the rescuing ship to take refuge at Cape Khokwang.

Submarine Sterlet (SS-392), despite proximity of escorting Coast Defense Ship No.65, sinks Japanese army cargo ships Kuretake Maru and Tenryo Maru, 46°46'N, 144°16'E.

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