SS Rakuyo Maru

DescriptionOn 12 September 1944 the Japanese troopship, while part of Convoy HI-72 and transporting 1,317 Australian and British POWs from Singapore, was torpedoed and sunk in the Luzon Strait by USS Sealion. 1,159 POWs were killed. On 15 September 1944 Sealion and other submarines who had participated in the attack returned to the area and rescued 63 surviving POWs, but four died before they could be landed at Tanapag Harbor, Saipan in the Mariana Islands.
Nationaliy of ShipJapan
Lives Lost1,159
Ship UseMilitary
Peacetime or WartimeWartime
WarWorld War Two
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