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(Type C Escort by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

IJN Escort CD-130:
Tabular Record of Movement

2009-2012 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 4


22 February 1944:
Harima. Laid down at Harima Ship Building, Ltd.

24 May 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-130.

7 September 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

29 September 1944:
At 1500, CD-130 departs Moji with torpedo boat HATO and auxiliary submarine chasers CHa-151, CHa-163 escorting convoy MOTA-27 consisting of SHIROTAE, SAGAMIGAWA, MITSUKI, YAMAHAGI, EIMAN, SHINETSU, KINE, KISHUN, SHINWA, EIWA, MEIRYU, YASUKUNI, YAMAKO (SANKO) and HAMBURG MARUs and TAMON MARU No. 15 and two unidentified ships.

5 October 1944:
At 0630, arrives at Takao.

E 15 October 1944:
Off Samah, Hainan Island. CD-130 joins the escort of convoy HI-76 consisting of escort carrier SHINYO and kaibokan KANJU, KURAHASHI and CD-8 escorting tankers TENEI, TOHO and KUROSHIO MARUs.

18 October 1944:
CD-25 and CD-32 join the convoy off Samah.

22 October 1944:
Arrrives at Mako. CD-130 is probably detached.

3 November 1944:
CD-130 departs Moji with CD-33, CD-51, CD-52 and CD-23 escorting convoy MI-25 consisting of KACHAOSAN, NIKKO, DAIA, DAITO, AKAGISAN, NICHIYO, KENSEI, HINAGA, TATSUTAMA and SHOEI MARUs and tankers ATAGO, DAIRETSU, RYUSHO, GYOSHIN, DAISHU, DAIEI, OTSUSAN, OJIKASAN, KINSEN and YAMAMURA MARUs and YUZAN MARU No. 2 and one unidentified merchant ship.

8 November 1944:
KACHOSAN, KINSEN and NIKKO MARUs and the one unidentified ship is detached for Kirun. AKAGISAN and NICHIYO MARUs are detached for Takao. Thirteen ships remain in the convoy.

15 November 1944:
18 km SE of Cap Padaran. At 0100, LtCdr Albert S. Fuhrman's (USNA '37) USS JACK (SS-259) torpedoes HINAGA MARU and YUZAN MARU No. 2 at 11-16N 108-54E. The former sinks immediately, the latter is run aground and later becomes a total loss. 34 troops on board HINAGA MARU and one crewman are killed. On YUZAN MARU No. 2 seven crewmen are lost in the torpedo attack and sinking.

16 November 1944:
Arrrives at St Jacques. All except GYOSHIN MARU and ATAGO MARU are detached.

20 November 1944:
Reassigned to 11th Coast Defense Group.

22 November 1944:
The two marus depart escorted by the same escort except for CD-23 which has been detached.

26 November 1944:
Arrrives at Miri.

30 November 1944:
CD-130 departs Miri with kaibolan CD-33 and CD-52 escorting convoy MI-26 consisting of GYOSHIN MARU and two unknown ships.

E 4 December 1944:
Arrrives at St Jacques. GYOSHIN MARU is detached.

8 January 1945:
CD-130 departs Hong Kong with kaibokan CD-134 escorting convoy HOTA-02 consisting of two unidentified merchant ships.

10 January 1945:
Arrrives at Takao.

14 January 1945:
CD-130 departs Takao with destroyer ASAGAO and kaibokan YASHIRO, CD-1, CD-56 and CD-134 and minesweeper W-21 escorting convoy TAMO-37 consisting of seven unidentified merchant ships.

23 January 1945:
Arrrives at Moji.

7 February 1945:
At 0600, CD-130 departs Moji for Singapore with kaibokan CD-1 and CD-134 escorting convoy HI-97 consisting of empty tankers RYOEI and PALEMBANG MARUs.

15 February 1945:
At 2200, arrives at Qui Sande Bay, Indochina.

16 February 1945:
At 0700, departs at Qui Sande Bay.

20 February 1945:
Arrives at Singapore.

27 February 1945:
CD-130 departs Singapore for Moji with kaibokan CD-69 and CD-134 escorting convoy HI-98 consisting of oilers PALEMBANG MARU and RYOEI MARUs.

3 March 1945:
Cap St. Jacques, Indochina. At 0730, convoy HI-98 arrives from Singapore. CD-1 joins convoy HI-98's escort. At 0930, the convoy departs.

4 March 1945:
At 0930, LtCdr Benjamin C. Jarvis' (USNA '39) USS BAYA (SS-318) fires six torpedoes at PALEMBANG and RYOEI MARUs. Those aimed at RYOEI MARU miss, but two torpedoes hit PALEMBANG MARU amidships. She explodes and sinks immediately at 12-52N, 103-30E. 67 crewmen, 59 gunners and guards and all nine passengers are KIA. Only four survivors are rescued.

CD-69 and CD-134 remain behind and drop 47 depth-charges, but do not damage USS BAYA. At 2300, the convoy anchors at Tourane.

5 March 1945:
At 0600, CD-134 and CD-69 arrive at Tourane and rejoin the convoy that departs at 0700 for Samah, Hainan Island. At 1110, RYOEI MARU is torpedoed by Reserve LtCdr H. S. Simpson's USS BASHAW (SS-241) at 16-46N, 108-41E and sinks within the hour. 19 crewmen, 19 soldiers and nine passengers are KIA.

19 March 1945:
CD-130 departs Seletar Naval Harbor, Singapore with destroyer AMATSUKAZE and kaibokan MANJU MARU, CD-18, CD-26, CD-84, CD-134 escorting convoy HI-88-J consisting of HONAN, KAIKO, ASAOKAWA, SARAWAK, ARAOSAN, TENCHO MARUs and an unidentified merchant ship. At 1310, while leaving the Singapore straits, SARAWAK MARU is mined and badly damaged and eventually sinks on 27 March, apparently without casualties.

22 March 1945:
Arrrives at Cape Camau.

23 March 1945:
Off St Jacques ARAOSAN and TENCHO MARUs and the unidentified merchant are detached.

27 March 1945:
Nha Trang Bay. Convoy HI- 88I is absorbed into new convoy HI-88J. Additional escorts are added. HI-88J now consists of tankers HONAN (ex British RFA- WAR SIRDAR), ASOKAWA, KAIKO MARUs and probably NANSHIN MARU No. 30 escorted by destroyer AMATSUKAZE (with a temporary bow fitted) and kaibokan MANJU, CD-1, CD-18, CD-26, CD-84, CD-130, CD-134, and probably subchasers CH-9 and CH-20.

28 March 1945:
At 0800, departs Nha Trang Bay. At 1040, an air attack begins and ASOKAWA MARU is hit in the engine room and sinks. The ship was carrying general cargo when sunk and 92 passengers, eight gunners and 34 crewmen are killed. MANJU and CD-84 rescue survivors. At 1220, LtCdr (later Captain) Eric L. Barr's (USNA '34) USS BLUEGILL (SS-242) torpedoes HONAN MARU. Her captain runs her aground. Five gunners and 44 crewmen are KIA. NANSHIN MARU No. 30 probably is detached.

29 March 1945:
At 0710, LtCdr Frank M. Smith's (USNA '35) USS HAMMERHEAD (SS-364) torpedoes and sinks CD-84 at 14-40N, 109-16E. MANJU rescues some survivors. At 1130, another submarine attack coincides with a Fifth Air Force B-25 air attack and tanker KAIKO MARU and CD-18 are bombed and sunk. 12 passengers, four gunners and 19 crewmen are killed and lost with the ship cargo of estimated 1200 tons fuel oil.

At 2230, a further air attack damages CD-134. CD-130 is bombed and sinks at 14-39N, 109-16E. All 178 hands are lost.

10 May 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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