BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – Japanese Gunboat

Elizabeth Ride has British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements for 1944-45 in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two.

These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc that were being utilised.

BAAG Report #KWIZ 66 15th September 1944.

A Japanese gunboat was seen on 12 July 1944

Arrived on 2 July 1944 from Japan

Inward passengers: 500 wounded soldiers. This batch of wounded soldiers formed only part of the 2,500 transported from Japan to HK in 4 cargo ships at the end of June 1944. 3 of these were sunk by allied A/C on route. 500 of the soldiers were saved and transferred to this gunboat which brought them to HK.

Departed on 10 July 1944 escorting the Kinka Maru and Hongkong Maru to Formosa.


An image of this ship would be helpful.

BAAG KWIZ #66 7 Japanese Gunboat

This article was first posted on 16th April 2017.

Further information:

  1. For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through
  2. The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project – Elizabeth M Ride Collection

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