|Sunk||24 Oct 1944|
|Displacement||6,886 tons standard|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseArisan Maru was a Japanese freighter. At 1700 hours on 24 Oct 1944, while carrying 1,782 Allied prisoners of war and 50 civilians from Allied nations, she was struck by a torpedo from either American submarine USS Shark or USS Snook in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippine Islands. She sank at about 1900 hours. Only nine of the captives survived the sinking, five of whom made their way to China while the other four were re-captured by the Japanese. Anton Cichy, one of the five lucky ones, recalled many friendly Chinese civilians who clothed them, fed them, and brought them all the way to Kunming, Yunnan Province, China at great risk to themselves; he estimated that the Chinese had helped him regain 40 pounds in weight, which he had lost while in Japanese captivity.
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Last Major Revision: Jul 2010
Arisan Maru Operational Timeline
|24 Oct 1944||Japanese freighter Arisan Maru, carrying 1,782 Allied prisoners of war, was sunk by an American submarine. Only 9 POWs survived the sinking.|
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