February 27, 1944 – This Day During World War ll – USS Grayback sinks freighter Ceylon Maru

February 27, 1944 – USS Grayback sinks freighter Ceylon Maru, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes.
Ceylon Maru a 5,068-ton cargo ship for Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line of Tokyo.
23 February 1944: At 0600, Ceylon Maru departs Takao in convoy TAMO-05
Ceylon Maru is carrying 148 military passenger, 4,000-tons of bauxite and 300-tons of general cargo.
27 February 1944: East China Sea. At 2058, LtCdr (later KIA) John A. Moore’s (USNA ’32) USS Grayback (SS-208)(later lost) uses her last two torpedoes on Ceylon Maru. Hit aft in the No. 3 hold, she floods and at 2103 sinks by the stern off Ojika Island, NE Kyushu at 31-35N, 127-47E. 95 troops and 46 crewmen are KIA.

INJ Ceylon Maru passing through a lock in the Panal Canal, prewar

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