February 27, 1943 – This Day During World War ll – USAAF B-24s (10th Air Force) sink Japanese cargo vessel Asakasan Maru

February 27, 1943 – USAAF B-24s (10th Air Force) sink Japanese cargo vessel Asakasan Maru 95 miles southeast of Rangoon, Burma
INJ Asakasan Maru a 8,702-ton passenger cargo ship for the Mitsui Line.
26 August 1942: At 0900, Asakasan Maru’s convoy receives orders from the IJA 17th Army to rush 600 soldiers of MajGen Kawaguchi Kiyotaki’s Brigade directly for Guadalcanal, Solomons. At noon, in mid-ocean, 600 men of the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment are transferred to DesDiv 20’s four destroyers and head for Guadalcanal as ordered.
27 August 1942: The convoy arrives at Rabaul, New Britain. The remainder of Kawaguchi’s brigade are disembarked.
27 February 1943: Indian Ocean. 95 miles SE of Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar). Asakasan Maru is bombed and sunk by USAAF 10th Air Force B-24 “Liberator” heavy bombers at 15-53N, 97-40E.

INJ Asakasan Maru

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