KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-198:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall


31 December 1944:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Ship Building, Ltd.

26 February 1945:
Launched and numbered CD-198.

11 March 1945:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

10 August 1945:
Tsushima Strait. CD-198 and CD-194 are damaged by aircraft at 34-42N, 130-13E.

15 August 1945:
CD-198's crew is informed of the cessation of hostilities with the Allied Powers.

5 October 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

1 December 1945:
Officially assigned to the Allied Repatriation Service. [1]

12 October 1945:
Departs Sasebo on her first repatriation voyage.

19 October 1945:
Arrives at Manila. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later that day.

21 October 1945:
Arrives at Davao. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later that day.

23 October 1945:
Arrives at Tacloban. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

28 October 1945:
Departs Tacloban.

3 November 1945:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

18 November 1945:
Departs Kure.

27 November 1945:
Arrives at Manila. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

29 November 1945:
Departs Manila.

5 December 1945:
Arrives at Kure. Disembarks troops and passengers.

18 December 1945:
Departs Kure.

27 December 1945:
Arrives at Manila. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

29 December 1945:
Departs Manila.

5 January 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

18 January 1946:
Departs Kure.

22 January 1946:
Arrives at Miyakojima. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

23 January 1946:
Departs Miyakojima.

26 January 1946:
Arrives at Otaka. Disembarks troops and passengers.

13 February 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

16 February 1946:
Arrives at Kirun (Keelung). Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later that day.

19 February 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

21 February 1946:
Arrives at Kasado Dockyard for repairs.

10 March 1946:
Repairs are completed.

13 March 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

14 March 1946:
Arrives at Koniya. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

15 March 1946:
Departs Koniya.

18 March 1946:
Arrives at Kirun. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

20 March 1946:
Departs Kirun.

21 March 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

3 April 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

5 April 1946:
Arrives at Kwaren (Hua Lien). Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

6 April 1946:
Departs Kwaren.

7 April 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

10 April 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

12 April 1946:
Arrives at Kwaren. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

13 April 1946:
Departs Kwaren.

15 April 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

30 April 1946:
Enters Kure dockyard for repairs.

11 May 1946:
Repairs are completed.

12 May 1946:
Departs Kure.

15 May 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

16 May 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

18 May 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

22 May 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

24 May 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

26 May 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

28 May 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

7 June 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

9 June 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

10 June 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

12 June 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima.

15 June 1946:
Departs Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

18 June 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

20 June 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

22 June 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

13 July 1946:
Enters Kawaminami Dockyard at Koyagijima for repairs.

26 July 1946:
Repairs are completed.

31 July 1947:
Shanghai. Ceded to the Republic of China as a war reparation. Renamed HSI AN.

1949:
Taken over by the Communist People’s Republic of China.


Authors' Notes:
[1] Allied occupation forces were responsible for the return of six million Japanese military personnel and civilians from Japan's defunct far-flung Empire. In addition, there were over a million Korean and about 40,000 Chinese prisoners and conscript laborers and approximately 7,000 Formosans and 15,000 Ryukyu Islanders to be repatriated.

Some Allied and many former IJN warships, from aircraft carriers to kaibokan, were used to facilitate the enormous repatriation effort. Japanese vessels and crews were used to the fullest extent possible to conserve Allied manpower and accelerate demobilization. Each ex-IJN ship first had to be demilitarized; guns removed or, in the case of large warships, barrels severed, ammunition landed, and radar and catapults removed, if fitted. Repatriation of the Chinese on Japanese ships began early in October from Hakata, but U.S. guard detachments had to be placed on many ships to prevent disorder because the Japanese crews could not control the returnees.

Japanese-run repatriation centers were established at Kagoshima, Hario near Sasebo, and Hakata near Fukuoka. Other reception centers were established and operated at Maizuru, Shimonoseki, Sasebo, Senzaki, Kure, Uraga, Yokohama, Moji and Hakodate. Allied line and medical personnel supervised the centers. Incoming Japanese were sprayed with DDT, examined and inoculated for typhus and smallpox, provided with food, and transported to his final destination in Japan.

Thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.

-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall


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