July 18, 1942 – This Day During World War ll – USS Ray sank Japanese tanker IJN Janbi Maru

July 18, 1942 – USS Ray sank Japanese tanker IJN Janbi Maru in the South China Sea, expending 22 torpedoes during the pursuit, 8 of which hit.
7 January 1943: Nagasaki. IJN Janbi Maru laid down at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding as a 5, 244-ton Type 1TM Wartime Standard Merchant Tanker for Mitsubishi Kisen K. K., Tokyo.
18 July 1944: Java Sea, 23 miles N of Bawean Island. From 0626 to 0715, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) William T. Kinsella’s (USNA ’34) USS Ray (SS-271) makes six separate runs on Janbi Maru. Kinsella fires 22 torpedoes and claims eight hits. During the action, Janbi Maru fires at USS Ray with her deck gun. Janbi Maru catches fire and, her hull holed by torpedoes, floods and finally sinks in three pieces at 05-21S, 112-30E. Five passengers and one guard are KIA.

IJN Janbi Maru

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