Japanese transport Kembu Maru
Kenbu Maru under attack by Allied aircraft during the battle of the Bismarck Sea
|Fate:||Sunk by aircraft on 3 March 1943 at 07°15'S, 148°30'E|
She left Rabaul, New Britain on 1 March 1943, as part of Operation 81, carrying a cargo of 1,000 drums of avgas and 650 drums of other fuel for Lae, New Guinea. The convoy was attacked by aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces and Royal Australian Air Force from 2 March 1943, known as the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Kembu Maru was bombed on 3 March; she exploded in a giant fireball and sank at 07°15'S., 148°30'E.
- McAulay 1991, p. 39