Japanese transport Oigawa Maru

Oigawa Maru was a 6,494 GRT transport ship of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

Name: Oigawa Maru
Builder: Toyo Kaiun K. K
Launched: 1941
Fate: Sunk by motor torpedo boats on 3 March 1943 at 06°58'S, 148°16'E
General characteristics
Tonnage: 6,494 GRT

On 10 December 1941, while unloading troops at Pandan, Philippines, she was bombed and damaged and beached to prevent sinking.

She left Rabaul, New Britain on 1 March 1943, as part of Operation 81, carrying a cargo of troops, equipment, fuel, landing craft and ammunition for Lae, New Guinea.[1] The convoy was attacked by aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces and Royal Australian Air Force from 2 March 1943, known as the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Oigawa Maru was bombed and damaged on 3 March, and was later sunk by motor torpedo boats PT-143 and PT-150 and sank at 06°58'S, 148°16'E.

78 crewmen and 1,151 troops of the 51st Division were KIA. [2]


  1. McAulay 1991, p. 39
  2. "Oigawa Maru (+1943)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 2016-10-01.


  • McAulay, Lex (1991). Battle of the Bismarck Sea. New York: St Martins Press. ISBN 0-312-05820-9. OCLC 23082610.
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