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IJN 1942
Penang Island is located the west of the Malay Peninsula in Penang State in Malaysia. Borders Penang Harbor. Known as Pulau Pinang in Malaysian.

Wartime History
Penang was occupied by the Japanese and used as an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) base for maintenance and refueling.

During late April 1942, SubRon 8 "KO" (A) detachment submarines I-10, I-16, I-18, I-20 and I-30 support ships Aikoku Maru and Hokoku Maru arrive at Penang to conduct operations in the western Indian Ocean.

During late August 1943, a German U-boat submarine command was established under the commanded Wilhelm Dommes (Captain of U-178) with satellite bases at Singapore, Djakarta, Surabaja and Kobe. Penang operated Arado Ar196s seaplanes in Japanese markings. German submarines operating from Penang included U-532, U-183 and others.

During early 1945, Penang was targeted by B-29 Superfortress on both bombing missions and aerial mining missions to mine Penang Harbor. Occupied by the Japanese until the end of the Pacific War.

American missions against Penang
January 11, 1945–February 27, 1945

USS Grenadier (SS 210)
Scuttled April 22, 1943

Haguro 羽黒
Sunk May 16, 1945 by gunfire and torpedoes roughly 55 miles west-south-west of Penang

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Last Updated
May 16, 2021


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