Has anyone researched the Japanese 'hell ships' of WW2 and the Rakuyo Maru in particular, please? I understand that in September 1944 the Rakuyo Maru and the Kachidoki Maru were carrying over 2,000 Allied POWs from Singapore making for Japan when they were torpedoed by American submarines who were unaware that Allied servicemen were on board. The Rakuyo Maru was torpedoed by the USS Sealion on 12 September 1944. As a result 1159 POWs lost their lives. This was a significant loss of life by any reckoning. . This is a link to a 'Roll of Honour' website for the Allied servicemen lost in this incident: http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/Hell_Ships/Rakuyo_Maru/ I wondered if anyone had come across any official report of the sinking and could shed a little more light on it please? The request is connected to researching two soldiers who went down with the Rakuyo Maru . These two men were brothers from Whitehaven, Cumberland. I understand from relatives their families did not learn of their fate until well after the end of the war. Partly as a result of the late confirmation that these two men had died in the war they were not included in the WW2 'Book of Remembrance'. These are the CWGC citations of the two soldiers I am researching in connection with this vessel: ( 1 ) Lance Serjeant John James RUDD Name: RUDD, JOHN JAMES Rank: Lance Serjeant Service No: 812509 Date of Death: 12/09/1944 Age: 33 Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 88 Field Regt. Panel Reference: Column 7. Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL Additional Information: Husband of I. A. Rudd, of Mirehouse, Whitehaven, Cumberland. ..................... ( 2 ) Gunner Jacob RUDD Name: RUDD, JACOB Rank: Gunner Service No: 966543 Date of Death: 12/09/1944 Age: 27 Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 88 Field Regt. Panel Reference: Column 29. Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL Additional Information: Husband of Elizabeth C. Rudd, of Mirehouse, Whitehaven. Cumberland. ............................ * In honour of those who gave their lives * . R.I.P. ______________ Thanks in advance to anyone who can assist.