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Rakuyo Maru


Sunk 12th September 1944



On 4th September 1944, convoy HI-72 sailed from Singapore. Two of these ships, Rakuyo Maru and the Kachidoki Maru carried PoWs. The Rakuyo Maru carried 1317 Pows and the Kachidoki Maru a further 900.

 On the 12th of September the convoy was attacked by US submarines and both these ships were hit. The Rakuyo Maru was torpedoed by the US submarine Sealion at around 5:00am.

The Japanese rescued some of the POWs from these two ships and they continued their journey to Japan in the Kibiti Maru.

When the US Submarines realised that they had sunk ships containing PoWs, they searched for survivors, picking up 159 PoWs from the Rakuyo Maru. Of these 7 died soon after being rescued.

The Rakuyo Maru lost 1159 prisoners to the sea and the after effects of being in the water for up to 4 days.



Death Roll Death Roll - Australians & British

Rescued Roll Rescued Roll

Photo of Survivors In Rehabilitation Photo of Survivors In Rehabilitation

History History of the Rakuyo Maru

Prisoners Of War In Siam Prisoners Of War In Siam - War Cabinet

Reports by Australian Parlimentary House of Representitives Reports by Australian Parliamentary House of Representatives




The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Winterbotham for Australian list



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