© 2007-2016 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall
20 October 1943:
Nagasaki. CD-10 is laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’
11 January 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-10.
30 January 1944:
Reserve Lt (later LtCdr) Ichinose Shiro (former CO of
CH-7) is appointed Chief Equipping Officer of CD-10 and CD-22 as an additional
29 February 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Attached to
Sasebo Naval District. Assigned to Sasebo Guard Force. Reserve Lt Ichinose Shiro
is the CO. 
25 March 1944:
Assigned to the General Escort Command's First Surface
27 March 1944:
At 0700 CD-8, CD-9 and CD-10 depart Saeki. At 1400 CD-8
and CD-9 arrive at Moji (CD-10 goes to Kure).
28 March 1944:
At 1500 CD-10 arrives at Kure. Docked for repairs.
8 April 1944:
At 0800 departs Kure and at 1820 arrives at Moji.
20 April 1944:
At 0600, CD-10 departs Moji-Mutsure for Singapore with
kaibokan KURAHASHI, CD-11 and CD-20 escorting convoy HI-59 consisting of tankers
OKIKAWA, NIPPPO, EIHO, OTORISAN, MANEI, TENEI and NIYO MARUs, NICHINAN MARU No.2
and transports MANKO, TEIHOKU (ex-French PERSEE) and AOBASAN MARUs.
26 April 1944:
NIYO MARU suffers an engine breakdown and is towed by
MANKO MARU to Woosung (near Shanghai) with CD-11 as escort.
28 April 1944:
At 1410 HI-59 arrives at Takao.
29 April 1944:
At 0920 HI-59 departs Takao.
2 May 1944:
At 1200, HI-59 arrives at Manila and is dissolved.
5 May 1944:
At 1800 CD-10 and CD-11 depart Manila escorting Rinji
7 May 1944:
CD-11 separates from the convoy.
10 May 1944:
At 0700 arrives at Balikpapan.
11 May 1944:
At 0200 CD-10 departs Balikpapan alone.
12 May 1944:
At 1630 arrives at Tarakan.
16 May 1944:
At 1210 departs Tarakan with Combined Fleet task force.
18 May 1944:
At 2000 arrives at Manila.
12 June 1944:
At 0800, CD-10 departs Manila for Wasili harbor,
Halmahera Island with submarine chaser CH-45 and patrol boats PB-103 and PB-105
escorting convoy H-29, consisting of MACASSAR, JUNPO, YAMAGIKU, FRANCE,
KURAMASAN, HIBI and TAIYU MARUs.
17 June 1944:
HIBI MARU is detached for Zamboanga, Mindanao.
23 June 1944:
At 1710, convoy H-29 arrives at Halmahera Island.
25 June 1944:
At 0550, CD-10 departs Wasili harbor, Halmahera Island
for Manila with patrol boats PB-103 and PB-105 escorting convoy M-25 consisting
of MACASSAR, JUNPO, YAMAGIKU, FRANCE and TAIYU MARUs.
28 June 1944:
Moro Gulf, 35 miles east of Zamboanga, Philippines. At
0712, LtCdr Ian C. Eddy's (USNA '30) USS PARGO (SS-264) attacks the convoy. Eddy
torpedoes and sinks YAMAGIKU MARU, with the loss of three crewmen, and damages
CD-10 at 06-50N, 121-30E.
29 June 1944:
At 1550, the convoy departs Zamboanga with KASAGISAN
MARU as an additional member.
1 July 1944:
Cebu Sea. FRANCE and TAIYU MARUs are detached.
3 July 1944:
The remainder of convoy M-25 arrives at Manila.
21 July 1944:
CD-10 joins convoy YUTA-09 near North San Fernando,
Luzon. The convoy by this time consists of TATSUWA, PACIFIC, MACASSAR, MURORAN
and JUNPO MARUs and two unidentified merchant ships escorted by destroyer
KURETAKE and auxiliary gunboat PEKING MARU. After leaving port at 2255 in
position 17-31N 120-22E PEKING MARU runs aground and is left behind.At some
unknown date because of submarine fears the convoy is ordered to return to North
24 July 1944:
At North San Fernando HAKOZAKI MARU is coaled from
26 July 1944:
Together with MATA-25 convoy the ships departs North San
Fernando. MATA-25 consists of HAKOZAKI, SEIGA, SHINFUKU MARUs, NISSHO MARU No.
18 and two unidentified merchant ships and is escorted by subchaser CH-48,
auxiliary netlayer KISHIN MARU, auxiliary subchaser SHONAN MARU No. 8 and one
28 July 1944:
At 1545 arrives at Takao.
31 July 1944:
CD-10, destroyer SHIOKAZE, minelayer YURIJIMA and
sub-chaser CH-48 depart Takao in convoy TAMO-22, consisting of TATSUWA MARU and
six unidentified merchant ships.
1 August 1944:
At 1300 arrives at Kirun.
4 August 1944:
At 1200 departs Kirun.
8 August 1944:
At 1030 CD-10 arrives at Sasebo, after being detached.
Enters drydock for repairs. Later that day the convoy arrives at Moji.
15 August 1944:
At 0600, CD-10 departs Moji for Takao with destroyer
HATSUSHIMO, kaibokan CD-20, torpedo boat HIYODORI, minesweeper W-20 and
subchaser CH-63 escorting convoy MOTA-23, consisting of FUKUREI, EDOGAWA, TAIJO,
EIJI, MANSHU, ATSUTA, CHINA, ROZAN, EIMAN, TOYOOKA, KOGYO, AWAJI MARUs, YOSHIDA
MARU No. 3, TOYO MARU No. 3 and an unidentified ship.
16 August 1944:
At 1230 an enemy submarine is detected. CD-10 drops
depth charges. At 1237 conducts an anti-submarine sweep with W-20 and CH-63.
17 August 1944:
Follows the convoy with CH-63 and W-20 meanwhile
continuing anti-submarine operations. At 2000 they catch up with the convoy and
end anti-submarine sweeping.
18 August 1944:
At 1900 arrives at Kagoshima.
20 August 1944:
At 0200 departs Kagoshima.
24 August 1944:
At about 0700, off the coast of Sancho Point, Formosa
(now Cape Sandiajiao, Taiwan), LtCdr Henry S. Monroe's (USNA '33) USS RONQUIL
(SS-396) torpedoes and sinks YOSHIDA MARU No. 3 with 70 crewmen, 10 gunners and
96 of 99 soldiers KIA. At about the same time, Monroe torpedoes and damages
FUKUREI MARU. She floods and drifts ashore where she is abandoned about three
25 August 1944:
At 1400, the convoy arrives at Kirun (Keelung).
27 August 1944:
At 0900 the convoy departs Kirun.
28 August 1944:
The convoy arrives at Saei, Formosa (now Tsoying
29 August 1944:
The convoy departs Saei and it arrives at Takao later
30 August 1944:
At 1500, CD-10 departs Takao for Manila with minelayer
SHIRATAKA, minesweeper W-21, and kaibokan CD-20 escorting reorganized convoy
MI-15 that now consists of RIKKO, TAISHO, OKUNI (TAIKOKU), EIKYU, SHINYO,
NANSEI, HOSEN and CHIYODA MARUs with UNKAI MARU No. 5, OKINOYAMA MARU No. 5 and
KYOEI MARU No. 10.
31 August 1944:
Luzon Strait, S of Formosa. At about 0220, LtCdr
(later Rear Admiral) Charles E. Loughlin's (USNA '33) USS QUEENFISH (SS-393)
hits CHIYODA MARU with four torpedoes and sets her afire. At 0240, as the moon
sets, CHIYODA MARU sinks. She was carrying 430 passengers, coal briquettes and
drummed gasoline. 15 crewmen and 382 soldiers are KIA. Loughlin also damages
oiler RIKKO MARU steaming in ballast.
LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Eli T. Reich's (USNA '35) USS SEALION
(SS-315), a member of "Ben's Busters" with USS GROWLER (SS-215) and USS
PAMPANITO, enters the Bashi Strait. USS SEALION's SJ radar picks up the convoy
and Reich makes a night surface approach. He sets up and fires six torpedoes,
but they all run erratically. About 0500, Reich swings SEALION and fires his
four stern torpedoes at a large tanker. He claims two hits.
Alerted by code-breaker's "Ultra" signals, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral)
Eugene B. Fluckey's (USNA '35) USS BARB (SS-220) intercepts the convoy. At about
0700, Fluckey torpedoes OKUNI MARU. She sinks stern first taking down three of
her crew. Fluckey also sinks the 45th Minesweeper Squadron's HINODE MARU No. 20
that was patrolling the area. Two crewmen are KIA.
USS SEALION evades the convoy's escorts. Still surfaced, LtCdr Reich
makes an "end-around" approach to work his way ahead of the convoy. At 0715
(JST), SHIRATAKA's lookouts spot a submarine on the surface at 21-05N, 121-26E.
Reich misidentifies SHIRATAKA as a destroyer. He begins a submerged approach.
At 0730, Reich hits SHIRATAKA with two of three torpedoes. At 1115, SHIRATAKA
sinks at 20-55N, 121-07E. Captain (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Miki Takahide
(46) is KIA.
1 September 1944:
CD-10 arrives at Tungchiang, southern Formosa.
2 September 1944:
At 2200 CD-10 departs Tungchiang and engages in a
submarine hunt, before rejoining the convoy.
5 September 1944:
At 1900 arrives at San Fernando.
6 September 1944:
Departs San Fernando.
7 September 1944:
At 1000, the convoy arrives at Manila.
10 September 1944:
CD-10 departs Manila for Moji with CD-20 and
minesweeper W-21 escorting fleet convoy MAMO-03, consisting of GOKOKU, KAGU and
11 September 1944:
S China Sea. 100 miles NE of the Paracel Islands.
Convoy MAMO-03 joins fleet convoy HI-72 that departed Singapore on 6 September
for Moji. HI-72 includes ASAKA, NANKAI, KIMIKAWA, RAKUYO, ZUIHO, KIBITSU and
KACHIDOKI MARUs (ex-PRESIDENT HARRISON). HI-72 carries oil, drummed aviation
gasoline, bauxite, mercury and rubber. RAKUYO MARU also carries 1,317 Allied
POWs and KACHIDOKI MARU carries another 950 POWs. Destroyer SHIKINAMI and
kaibokan HIRADO, MIKURA and KURAHASHI are in the escort.
12 September 1944:
At 0200, HIRADO is torpedoed by Cdr Thomas B.
Oakey's (USNA '34) USS GROWLER (SS-215). The kaibokan blows up and sinks. Rear
Admiral Kajioka Sadamichi (39) (former CO of KISO), victor of Wake Island, now
CO of the 6th Escort Convoy Command is killed. He is promoted Vice Admiral,
At 0500, RAKUYO MARU is torpedoed by LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Eli T.
Reich's (USNA '35) USS SEALION and hit in the No. 1 hold and engine room. RAKUYO
MARU is carrying 1,318 POWs (601 British, 716 Australian and several US POWs),
of whom 1,051 and nine crewmen are KIA. About the same time, USS SEALION also
torpedoes NANKAI MARU, carrying 525 passengers, 6,500-tons of bauxite, 4,000
drums of gasoline, 170-tons of oil, 77 mail packages and ashes of 18 war dead.
She is hit in Hold Nos. 3 and 6 and sinks about 0800. 196 passengers and 3
crewmen are KIA.
240 miles south of Hong Kong. Just before 0700, SHIKINAMI is torpedoed by
USS GROWLER and sinks at 18-16 N, 114-40 E. Eight officers and 120 men rescued
by MIKURA. At 2300, KACHIDOKI MARU carrying 487 IJA troops, 608 patients,
gunners, ashes of 582 dead, 950 POWs and a cargo of 6,000-tons of bauxite, is
hit by USS PAMPANITO (SS-383) and sinks. 431 POWs perish as well as 45 other
passengers and 12 crewmen. USS PAMPANITO also sinks ZUIHO MARU loaded with
8,000-tons of oil products, with no casualties. The Japanese rescue a few POWs
from the two prison ships. The survivors are transferred to KIBITSU MARU and
taken to Japan.
15 September 1944:
At 1030 the remainder of the convoy arrives at
Yulin, Hainan Island.
16 September 1944:
At 2000 CD-10 departs Yulin for Moji with kaibokan
MIKURA, ETOROFU, CD-18 and CD-26 escorting the first echelon of reorganized
convoy HI-72, consisting of ASAMA, KIBITSU MARU, GOKOKU and KAGU MARUs.
20 September 1944:
Off Formosa. At 0110, USAAF B-24 "Liberator" heavy
bombers attack the convoy's first (Moji-bound) echelon at 23-20N, 119-12E.
GOKOKU MARU is damaged by a direct hit and ASAMA MARU suffers a near miss aft.
Both are towed into nearby Mako for repairs. KAGU MARU suffers hull damage by
near-misses. Kaibokan MIKURA is damaged and towed to Mako by CD-18. The bombers
also damage cargo vessels ASAKA and SHINCHO MARUs. KAGU MARU heads for Kirun
(Takao in some sources) for repairs escorted by CD-10, CD-11 and CD-20.
21 September 1944:
At 1915 CD-10 arrives at Kirun. CD-11 follows at
23 September 1944:
At 1200 CD-10, CD-20 and CD-11 depart Kirun to meet
incoming elements of HI-72 convoy.
24 September 1944:
At 1045 they meet up with KIBITSU MARU and arrive
at Kirun at 1320.
25 September 1944:
At 1300, CD-10 departs Kirun for Moji with
kaibokan CD-11 and CD-20 escorting KIBITSU and KAGU MARUs.
27 September 1944:
East China Sea, 100 miles NNW of Amami-O-Shima.
LtCdr Clyde B. Stevens Jr's (USNA '30) USS PLAICE (SS-390) torpedoes and sinks
CD-10 at 29-26N, 128-50E. CD-11 rescues eight crewmen, but 148 of CD-10's
crewmen are lost.
11 October 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.
 From 29 February to 10 March 1944 Reserve Lt Ichinose
simultaneously acted as the CEO of CD-22.
Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.
-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.