Olongapo jetty in Subic Bay, Philippines, 15 Dec 1944 with the troop ship, Oryoku Maru that was being used to transport 1,620 allied prisoners of war. The ship was attacked and sunk, killing 200 POWs. Photo 1 of 2.

Caption   Olongapo jetty in Subic Bay, Philippines, 15 Dec 1944 with the troop ship, Oryoku Maru that was being used to transport 1,620 allied prisoners of war. The ship was attacked and sunk, killing 200 POWs. Photo 1 of 2. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   NH 95940
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jun 2019

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 May 2019 11:32:31 PM

This photo was taken from an aircraft flying from USS Hornet (Essex-class). It was not known to the attackers that the Oryoku Maru carried POWs. Once the attack began, the Japanese unchained the prisoners and allowed them to swim for their lives. Many can be seen in this photo splashing their way to shore. They did not escape, however, and many went on to die later due to the deplorable conditions imposed by the Japanese.

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