25 Mar 1945

Indian Ocean
  • At 1030 hours, British 26th Destroyer Flotilla (HMS Saumarez, HMS Virago, HMS Vigilant, and HMS Volage) commanded by Captain Manley Power intercepted a Japanese convoy in the Andaman Sea and commenced an attack with gunfire and torpedoes at 1059 hours, all of which missed. At 1129 hours, Powers radioed for air support, seeking the destructure of the convoy. Two RAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers soon arrived and in a low-level bombing attack and sank the 398-ton Teshio Maru, killing 11. However, one B-24 aircraft was caught in the blast of its own bombs and crashed into the sea. At 1150 hours, HMS Volage sank Risui Maru, while HMS Saumarez veered off to rescue the crew of the downed B-24 bomber. At 1230 hours, HMS Virage and HMS Vigilant opened fire on submarine chasers CH-34 and CH-63; shortly after, Vigilant fired eight torpedoes on the submarine chaser, one of which hit and sank CH-63. CH-34 scored a hit on HMS vigilant before being destroyed by gunfire at 1630 hours. ww2dbase [Andaman Sea | HM, CPC]

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