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

IJN Escort CD-130:
Tabular Record of Movement

2009-2016 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 5

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.

26 September 1944:
At 1800 departs Kure.

27 September 1944:
At 2300 arrives at Miike.

29 September 1944:
At 1500, CD-130 departs Miike and meets up with with torpedo boat HATO and auxiliary submarine chasers CHa-151, CHa-163 escorting convoy MOTA-27 from Moji 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. At some point CD-130 is detached.

5 October 1944:
At 0600 CD-130 departs Hong Kong with destroyer HASU and auxiliary subchasers CHa-151, CHa-163 escorting convoy TA-02 consisting of 10 unidentified merchant ships.

8 October 1944:
At 1359 arrives at Takao.

9 October 1944:
Because of pending air raids the same convoy immediately leaves Takao at 1200.

11 October 1944:
At 1200 arrives back at Hong Kong.

15 October 1944:
At 1600 departs Hong Kong on a rescue mission.

17 October 1944:
At 0830 arrives back at Hong Kong.

18 October 1944:
At 0800 Off Samah, Hainan Island CD-25 and CD-32 join 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. The convoy sails towards Hong Kong and at 1800 meets up with CD-130.

27 October 1944:
At 0645 arrives at Mutsure. At 1100 departs Mutsure.

28 October 1944:
At 0800 arrives at Kure.

1 November 1944:
At 0700 arrives at Moji.

3 November 1944:
At 1000 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:
At 0800 arrives at Cap St. Jacques. ATAGO and GYOSHIN MARUs and CD-33, CD-52 and CD-130 are detached. The rest of the convoy proceeds to Singapore. CD-23 and CD-51 remain behind at St Jacques.

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

21 November 1944:
At 1700 CD-33, CD-130 and CD-52 depart St Jacques but return at 2330.

22 November 1944:
At 1700, CD-130 departs St. Jacques with CD-33 and CD-52 escorting ATAGO and GYOSHIN MARUs.

26 November 1944:
At 1330 arrives at Miri.

29 November 1944:
At 1900 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.

19 December 1944:
At 0802 departs St Jacques in convoy SAMA-14 consisting of SHINNO, RYUSHO, BINGO MARUs and at least 3 other unidentified merchant ships escorted by Minesweeper W 21 and kaibokan CD-1, CD-3, CD-130 and CD-134.

20 December 1944:
At 1644, arrives at Cap Padaran, Indochina. Departs from there at 2003.

21 December 1944:
At 1905, arrives at Nha Trang, Indochina.

23 December 1944:
At 0807, departs Nha Trang but SHINNO MARU broke down and at 0915 convoy returned to port. At 1814 departs Nha Trang again.

24 December 1944:
At 0516, arrives at Qui Sande Bay, Indochina. At 0910 departs. At 2050, the No.6 ship in the convoy runs aground.

25 December 1944:
At 0900, the No. 6 ship is towed off and the convoy resumes its voyage. At 2126 arrives at Qui Nhon, Indochina.

26 December 1944:
At 1006, departs Qui Nhon.

27 December 1944:
At 1558, arrives at Yulin and departs at 1901.

30 December 1944:
Between 1104 and 1124, the convoy is attacked by a B-24, but without sustaining any damage.

1 January 1945:
At 1437 arrives at Saei (Tsoying), Formosa. Because of pending air raids, the convoy is ordered out of port.

3 January 1945:
At 1135, anchors outside Takao but leaves at 1255.

4 January 1945:
At 1700 anchors at Nanao Tao.

5 January 1945:
At 1600 departs Nanao Tao still escorting the convoy. CD-41, CD-60 and CD-205 have joined at this point or earlier.

7 January 1945:
At 1100 arrives at Hong Kong.

8 January 1945:
At 1710 CD-130 departs Hong Kong with kaibokan CD-1 and CD-134 escorting convoy HOTA-02 consisting of two unidentified merchant ships.

11 January 1945:
At 1130 arrives at Mako.

14 January 1945:
At 1100 CD-1 together with kaibokan YASHIRO, CD 134 and CD-36, minesweeper W-21 and destroyer ASAGAO depart Takao in convoy TAMO-37 consisting of DAIKO, DAIHO, DAII, BRAZIL, DAIIKU and MELBOURNE MARUs and one unidentified merchant ship.

16 January 1945:
At 1800 DAIKO MARU suffers an engine breakdown and the ships temporarily anchor. CD-130 joins the convoy.

17 January 1945:
At 0530 departs anchorage and at 1626 anchored temporarily. BRAZIL MARU sets up a towline with DAII MARU and when the convoy resumes its journey tows DAII MARU.

19 January 1945:
At 1900 arrives at Ssu Chiao Shan.

20 January 1945:
At 0708 departs Ssu Chiao Shan.

23 January 1945:
At 1550 sighted enemy submarine in 34-23N 130-15E. At 1610 CD-130 drops depth charges on a suspected submarine contact without results. At 1750 CD-134 also attacks a suspected submarine contact. At 2015 the convoy arrives at Mutsure. CD-1 departs almost immediately. CD-130 remains behind.

24 January 1945:
CD-130 arrives at Mutsure. Later departs with CD-134.

25 January 1945:
At 1500 arrives at Kure. Undergoes repairs.

5 February 1945:
CD-1, CD-130 and CD-134 depart Kure.

6 February 1945:
The escorts arrive 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:
At 1230 arrives at Singapore.

24 February 1945:
At 1600 CD-1 and CD-130 departs Singapore.

26 February 1945:
At 0800 arrives at Obi Island and meets up with convoy HI-94 consisting of TOA MARU and HARIO escorted by kaibokan CD-67 and CD-207.

27 February 1945:
Convoy HI-98 departs Singapore for Moji with kaibokan CD-69 and CD-134 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 and CD-130 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. At 2000 the escorts arrive at Yulin.

6 March 1945:
At 1200 CD-130 and CD-134 depart Yulin.

9 March 1945:
At 0900 CD-130 and CD-134 arrive at Hong Kong and both depart at 1930.

14 March 1945:
At 1830 CD-130 and CD-134 arrive at Singapore.

19 March 1945:
At 0730 CD-130 departs Seletar Naval Harbor, Singapore with destroyer AMATSUKAZE and kaibokan MANJU, CD-18, 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:
Arrives at Cape Camau.

23 March 1945:
At 0800 departs Cape Camau. Off St Jacques ARAOSAN and TENCHO MARUs and the unidentified merchant are detached.

26 March 1945:
Departs St Jacques. During the day CD-26 and submarine chaser CH-20 joins the convoy.

27 March 1945:
At 1000 arrives at 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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