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6.854N) is a small Thai
on the northeast coast of the southern Kra Peninsula, just north
with Malaya. The
largely ethnic Malay, and Islam is the dominant religion.
There was a small airstrip
in late 1941.
On 8 December 1941 (local time), Patani became the landing site for forward elements of 42 Regiment, 5th Division, 25 Army for the invasion of Malaya. Brought in by a force of two transports and three cargo ships escorted by eight destroyers, these forces seized the local airfield, then rapidly advanced across the border. This dislocated British plans for a forward defense of northern Malaya, which presupposed a preemptive move by British forces across the Malaya-Thai border to a good defensive position known as The Ledge (Operation MATADOR). When advance British elements finally attempted to cross the border, they were fired on by Thai border guards.
Maru (8666 tons)
|AP Kinka Maru (9305 tons, 17 knots)|
|AK Azosan Maru (8812 tons, 16.5 knots)|
|AK Toro Maru (1932 tons)|
|One other AK
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