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John Crosse

Known as Jack


Royal Artillery

22/3 HAA


Japanese PoW

PoWs Transported to overland to Thailand

PoW No. IV 13670

PoWs from the Thailand-Burma Railway were transported overland to Singapore, to be shipped to Japan

New PoW No. 40933

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The Japan Party 3 consisted of 2,250 prisoners, 1,500 were British the remainder Australian, the number who actually sailed with the convoy was 2,217. The Kachidoki Maru held 900 PoWs (all British) and The Rakuyo  Maru a further 1317 (Australian and British).

1944/09/04 - The two ships joined convoy HI-72 and sailed from Singapore.

USS Pamanito

USS Pampanito

1944/09/12 - The convoy was attacked by US submarines and both the PoW hell ships were  hit. The Kachidoki Maru was hit by a torpedo from the US submarine Pampanito.

Three torpedoes were fired at the Kachidoki Maru at 22.40, the target was 3,700  away, two hitting the ship, one at the stern and the other amidships. Both blew holes in the hull plates, flooding the entire aft end of the ship.

Most of those rescued from the Kachidoki Maru were picked up by Japanese trawlers and continued their journey to Japan on the Kibitsu Maru.

Those who were rescued jumped overboard within the first 10 minutes of the ship being hit.

John was not picked up.



Age 28


North East of the Hainan Island off China coast


Loved Ones

Son of Patrick and Ann Crosse, of Tipperary, Irish Republic



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