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"Operation Against Coron Bay"
 

Sample from the only original wreck diving book "Operation Against Coron Bay"

Chronology of US Navy Operations in the Philippines, 24 September 1944

This is based on the official USN chronology of the Second World War published by the US Government
Printing Office in 1955

24 September, Sun. --

As Japanese shipping shifts south from Luzon in the wake of the heavy attacks there over the previous days,
Task Force 38 follows, its planes hitting targets ranging from the Calamian group to the Visayas. Aircraft from
three task groups (TG 38.1, TG 38.2, and TG 38.3) from TF 38 (Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher) participate.
Off Calamian Island in Coron Bay, TF 38 planes sink flying boat support ship Akitsushima, cargo ship
Kyokusan Maru and Civilian oiler ship Okikawa Maru, and damage ammunition ship Kogyo Maru, army cargo
ship Olympia Maru, cargo ships Ekkai Maru and Kasagisan Maru, supply ship Irako, oiler Kamoi and small
cargo ship No.11 Shonan Maru, 11°59'N, 120°02'E.


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Coron Bay during World War 2

Akitsushima in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

 

Coron, Busuanga, Philippines during World War 2:

Confident of the invulnerability of the United States Army, news of the outbreak of the war did not readily strike fear in the people of Coron. Many took the event lightly, and philosophically believed that the war would not last more than a month or two. However, after hearing several adverse news on what happened in the battlefields,  fear began to grip them and they felt uneasy if not panicky. Supply of goods from the big city, especially rice and other prime commodities became scarce as the merchants hoarded them making life condition more difficult in the town

On May 4, 1942 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning, three Japanese transports arrived at Coron. One platoon of soldiers led by three officers, Commander Akiyana, Major Shimoto, and Captain Niyamote landed and occupied the town, which did not offer any resistance. They established their quarters in the Luzon Stevedoring Company compound, located at the present elementary school buildings; they also occupied the ancestral house of the Sandovals. Soon after, they also occupied the mining camps at Singay, Carmelita, and Amalgated Mines.

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Admiral William Frederick Halsey

  Admiral William Frederick Halsey:

U.S. Naval Academy Graduation 1904. Though Halsey's career was mainly in battleships and other surface warships before, in 1935 he made his pilot's license and became captain of USS Saratoga.

Becoming Commander, Aircraft, Pacific Fleet, before World War 2, Halsey led the group centered on USS Enterprise into Pearl Harbor on December 8th after having ferried planes to various Pacific outposts. Going to see again the next day, Halsey and Enterprise conducted searches for the Japanese Fleet, but failed to find it.
Staying south of Midway, his forces were recalled to Pearl Harbor when the Japanese captured Wake.
The new year saw Halsey, still on Enterprise, raid the new Japanese possessions in the Pacific, as well as the old, bombarding islands in the Marshalls and Gilberts, Wake, and Marcus Island.

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CONFIDENTIAL

USF  74B  2200.

ATTACK DOCTRINE

 
  US Attack Doctrine from the WW2:

2201. GENERAL

Successful offensive air action is dependent on (1) Properly indoctrinated and well trained air groups. (2) Complete appreciation of the striking power of modern aircraft when properly employed. (3) A bold and imaginative plan of attack designed to take timely advantage of available weapons including scientific and natural aids. (4) Sufficient planning of the attack based on information concerning the location, nature and scope of the objective. (5) A thorough understanding of the attack plan by each pilot. (6) An efficient and aggressive execution of the attack.

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Irako in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

  World War ll Japanese standard ships:

The shipping industry suffered more than any other sector during the war. Japan's industry depended heavily on the natural resources from abroad. From Southeast Asia, oil, ore and renewable resources such as rubber, were the vital materials for the nation to exist, let alone to fight a war. Transport of these raw materials in turn depended on shipping.

At the beginning of the war, Japan's merchant fleet was counted as 6.3 million tons gross. This tonnage increased to no less than 9.95 million tons at its peak in 1942. The increase came due to a forceful new building program. Also, quite a number of captured ships were put into service. The requirements for shipping space skyrocketed because all supplies and troops had to cross some water to get to their field of action. At the end of the war, only 1.5 million tons remained of all this. The majority of these ships were either very small, very old or consisted of the poorly built Standard Ships.

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Original Coron Bay Aerial Photography

Original Coron Bay Aerial Photography

  Original Coron Bay Aerial Photography: 

According to official Japanese and American sources the following vessel movements are proven:

Kogyo Maru (Auxiliary Supply Ship, IJN/Navy)

After she had survived TF 38`s air attacks on Japanese shipping in Manila Bay and Harbor on 21 Sep 1944 she received sailing order to transfer to Coron Bay and weighed anchor at 17:30 the same day. She arrived in Coron Bay on 23 Sep 15:40 and dropped anchor in position 11deg; 58` 54"N / 120deg; 02` 15"E (GPS). The night was spent in trying to camouflage bridge and main deck. In the morning of 24 Sep at 0900 U.S. dive-bombers attacked her. After she had received several bomb hits the vessel sank with 39 men.

Okikawa Maru (Civilian oiler)

She had been mistaken for more than 50 years to be another tanker ship of very similar shape and size named Taiei Maru. She was in Manila Bay during the said air attacks. The ship got strafed but was not damaged. On 22 Sep she was ordered to move to Coron Bay and set sail at 15:00. The vessel arrived in Coron Bay on 23 Sep 18:00 and dropped anchor near the town of Concepcion. 70 dive-bombers attacked Okikawa Maru at 08:55 on 24 September. The first two or more groups just strafed Okikawa Maru and continued to head for the seaplane tender Akitsushima anchored a few cables to the West. At 09:10 the dive-bombers scored numerous hits and the vessel began to sink. Three gunners and 5 or 6 sailors were dead. The rest of the crew abandoned the ship. However, contrary to statements of Bowie and Dietrich (AG 31) Okikawa Maru did not sink at once. The forecastle remained afloat and burned until 9 Oct. when another U.S. air group appeared and, in a final strike, send her to the bottom in position 12deg; 01` 10"N / 119deg; 58` 07"E (GPS).

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Original Aircraft Action Report No. 107 from Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

  Original Aircraft Action Report No. 107:

Serial: 013-45             AIR GROUP TWENTY-SEVEN

29 September 1944

Subject:    Comments and Recommendations on Air Operations against Coron Bay on 24 September 1944

The strike coordinator. Tactical rendezvous can then be easily accomplished enroute with minimum expenditure of gasoline.

(b) Operations against merchant and escort shipping afforded this air group its first skip bombing experience against live targets. The accuracy and damage inflicted by this type of attack is of such a high order that any other type of bombing against merchantmen is considered a poor employment of weapons. In this connection all CVL's should be assigned sufficient delay (4-6 seconds) fuzes to Complement bomb allowances.

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Akitsushima Wreck in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

Okikawa MaruAkitsushima Wreck in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

Irako Wreck in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

Kogyo Maru Wreck in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

Kyokuzan Maru Wreck in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

 
The WW ll Japanese Wrecks in Coron Bay today:

"AKITSUSHIMA" One of the few true warships among the Coron wrecks, was the Akitsushima, a Japanese flying boat tender.

"OKIKAWA MARU" A War Standard 1TL oil tanker of the Imperial Japanese Navy Combined Fleet in WW ll

"IRAKO" (Type 1C Standard War Ship) Refrigerated provision ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet.

"KOGYO MARU" Navy auxiliary supply ship (AK), Jap. "Yuso-sen"

"OLYMPIA MARU" Army auxiliary supply ship (AK), Jap. "Yuso-sen" The origin of this cargo vessel is not known, probably built in England or Australia, and captured in Singapore.

 "TAIEI MARU" or "CEI…SH" Wreck? The origin of this coastal vessel is not known

"KYOKUZAN MARU" Army auxiliary supply ship (AK), Jap. "Yuso-sen"

"EAST TANGAT GUNBOAT" The origin of this coastal vessel is not known. Believed to be either a tugboat or an anti-submarine craft

"LUSONG GUNBOAT" The origin of this coastal vessel is not known

"BLACK ISLAND WRECK"  The origin of this 45m (150ft) long coastal vessel is not known

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The Calamian Group of Islands and Coron town today

The Calamian Group of Islands and Coron town today

  The Calamian Group of Islands and Coron town today:

The northernmost part of Palawan consists of the Calamian Goup whose main islands are Busuanga, Coron, Culion and Linapacan.

Busuanga, the largest in the Calamian Group of Islands, is composed of 39 islands and islets. The municipality of Busuanga is located approximately 212.8 nautical miles from Puerto Princesa and 34.7 miles from the municipality of Coron, about an hour and a half ride through verdant rural scenery. The unspoiled countryside entices the travelers to dream of a paradise lost in the northernmost part of Palawan.

Coron is located between Manila and Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital of Palawan. It is also the second northernmost municipality and is located on the island of Busuanga. It has a land area of  68,910.0 hectares or 689.10 square kilometers. It is composed of 63 islands and islets and includes Coron Island. Politically, it comprises 23 barangays. Its topography is characterized by rugged terrain and rolling hills, mountain ranges running  in almost all directions and an  extensive  seashore. The coastline is very irregular and its 14 rivers are small and narrow. Mountain lakes (7), hot springs (1) and white beaches are also found in the locality. It has a population of about 33,000.


HP. Landolt Wreck Diving in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines

 
The Autor HP. Landolt:
  • HP. Landolt is a PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer who is specialized in Wreck, Deep, Drift, Night and Underwater Navigator. He is also a Medic First Instructor.
  • An I.A.N.T.D. ADV Instructor who is specialized in Nitrox, Deep Air, Advanced Nitrox, Decompression Diving and Mixgas Diving.
  • He is also a I.A.N.T.D. gas / Nitrox Blender and a Recompression Chamber operator
  • HP has trained more than +450 Students from Padi Open Water to  I.A.N.T.D. Nitrox and Technical Diver.
  • He has more than +5000 Recreational Dives, and more than +400 Technical Dives under 66m/208ft.
  • On the 21st May 1999, HP was involved in the Open Ocean World Record Dive to 200m/656ft as a Safety and Support Diver in Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines.
  • He has more than +1000 dives on the WW ll Wrecks from Coron and a 100% Safety Record !!!
  • October 2001, HP. Landolt wroth and published the first and only original wreck diving book over the WW ll History in Coron, Busuanga, Philippines about the Japanese Naval Shipwrecks around Coron Bay in Busuanga, Philippines.

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HP. Landolt wrote and published on October 2001 the first and only original wreck diving book "Operation Against Coron Bay". A book over the World War 2 History from Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippines and about the Japanese Naval Shipwrecks around Coron Bay in Busuanga, Philippines.

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