Aikoku Maru

DescriptionOn 17 February 1944, while loading troops and supplies at Truk in Operation Hailstone, the Japanese armed merchant cruiser Aikoku Maru was sunk by Allied aircraft. The first bomb exploded in the officer’s wardroom causing a fire and was followed by three more hits. In a second attack she was hit by a torpedo which detonated the ammunition in her number one hold and the explosion sheared off the bow. Aikoku Maru sank in two minutes, killing 945 crew and passengers.
Nationaliy of ShipJapan
Lives Lost945
Ship UseMilitary
Ship UseNavy
Peacetime or WartimeWartime
WarWorld War Two
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