Aircraftman 1st Class
Basil Roy Potter
1921/12/17 - Born Great Yarmouth
Occupation - Sugar Confectioner
1942/03/20 - Captured Java
PoW number 4346
Djawa PoW camp, Java
Japanese PoW Card - Side 1
Japanese PoW Card - Side 2
1944/05/19 - Transported Kiska Maru in Java Party 20 to Singapore
1944/06/03 - Transported Miyo Naru to Japan via Philippines in large convoy including the Tamahoko Maru cargo ship
1944/ 06/11 - Arrived Manila, the Tamahoko Maru loaded 7,500 tons of copper ore into her holds
1944/06/14 - Sailed from Manila and hit a typhoon which caused damage to the Miyo Maru
1944/06/18 - PoW’s were transferred from the Miyo Maru to two holds in the Tamahoko Maru
1944/06/20 - HO-02 convoy sailed out of Takao, Taiwan, accompanied by escorts.
1944/06/21 - Stopped over at Keeling, the convoy then headed for Japan.
1944/06/24 - Three US submarines, Tang, Tinosa, and Shark II attacked the convoy off the Japanese coast, 40 miles S.W. of Nagasaki. The Tamahoko Maru was hit and sank with the loss of 560 POWs out of the 772 PoWs on board.
Died when the Tamahoko Maru was sunk 40 miles off the coast of Nagasaki.
Son of Charles David and Esther Potter, of Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.
Roll of Honour
Roger Mansell Research
POW Research Network Japan
KEW:- WO 361/2220, WO 361/1742, WO 361/2057, WO 361/1222, WO 392/25, WO 361/2008, WO 361/1945,