The Sinking of the Junyo Maru

One of the largest, yet most forgotten, maritime disaster of WWII


The Japanese freight ship Junyo Maru MV Junyo Maru On the 18th September 1944, 5620 Dutch, English, Australian and American POWs and Javanese slave labourers died when this Japanese cargo boat - under the command of Japanese Forces - was torpedoed off the western coast of Sumatra by a British submarine - HMS Tradewind.

Remembrance Ceremony

On the 4th June 2000 a moving ceremony took place to commemorate the sinking of the Junyo Maru. At the location where the incident took place nearly 56 years ago, three Dutch frigates, a Belgian supply ship and an Indonesian warship, in formation, formally paid their respects to the victims of that tragedy through the laying of wreaths on the waves of the Indian Ocean.


The five ships and fully decked-out crew in formation during the ceremony. De Ruijter
The wreath, with ribbons containing the names of the casualties, being placed by Cmdr. Brandt and Mr. Ed Melis. Wreath laying

Read the FULL STORY of the ship, the sinking, the submarine and stories from survivors.

Ed Melis is the author of the book: "Eresaluut boven massagraf - Junyo Maru de vergeten scheepsramp" with W. F. van Wamel and Th. Jansen, the source for much of the information contained within these pages.
See Peter van der Kuil's Home Page for related information and links.

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Created June 2000