KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-15:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2012 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 1


18 November 1942:
Tsurumi, Yokohama. Laid down at Nippon Kokan K. K.ís shipyard.

21 February 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-15.

8 April 1944:
Completed and commissioned in the IJN.

13 May 1944:
At 0400, CD-15 departs Moji with kaibokans IKI, MATSUWA and CD-9 escorting fast convoy HI-63 consisting of cargo liners/transports SANUKI, SANYO, AWA, TEIA (ex-French ARAMIS), USSURI and NISSHO MARUs, IJA landing craft depot ships TAMATSU and KIBITSU MARUS, tankers KYOKUHO, RYOEI and OTOWASAN MARUs. SANUKI MARU and other transports, except TAMATSU, KIBITSU and NISSHO MARUs carry troops bound for Burma.

18 May 1944:
At 1800, arrives at Manila. TAMATSU, KIBITSU, SANYO and NISSHO MARUs are detached.

20 May 1944:
At 2000, the remaining eight ships in HI-63 depart Manila with the same escort.

24 May 1944:
220 miles E of Singapore. LtCdr (later Cdr) James W. Davis' (USNA í30) USS RATON (SS-270) attacks the convoy. In a series of attacks, Davis torpedoes and sinks kaibokan IKI (A total of 160 sailors including IKIís CO, Cdr Nakao Kushuo are KIA) and lightly damages MATSUWA at 01-17N 107-53E. CD-15 and HI-63 escape unscathed.

27 May 1944:
At 2000, arrives at Singapore.

3 June 1944:
At 1000, CD-15 departs Singapore for Moji with minelayer AOTAKA and kaibokan CD-1, CD-8 and CD-20 escorting convoy HO-02, a bauxite convoy, consisting of NASUSAN, TAMAHOKO, TAINAN, KENNICHI, SHONAN, TEIHOKU, NICHIWA, HONAN and HIOKI MARUs and KONAN MARU No. 1 and nine unidentified ships.

6 June 1944:
160 miles off Cape St. Jacques, Indochina. LtCdr Davis' USS RATON attacks the convoy. At 2225, Davis torpedoes CD-15. She breaks in two and sinks S of Nishinotorishima Island at 08-57N, 109-17E. 104 crewmen, including Lt Kondo Masaji (64), the current CO, are KIA. CD-8 and CD-20 rescue 34 survivors. The escorts counter attack. USS RATON is damaged by depth charges, but remains on patrol.

5 October 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

Thanks to Mr. Matthew Jones of Ohio for help in identifying COs and to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.


-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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