KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-219:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall
Revision 2


2 September 1944:
Osaka. Laid down at Naniwa Dock, Ltd.

30 November 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-219.

25 January 1945:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

22 March 1945:
At 0400, CD-219 departs Tomie, Goto Islands for Ishigaki-Jima with kaibokan CD-22, CD-215 and auxiliary minesweepers TOSHI MARU No. 7 and HIMESHIMA MARUs escorting convoy SAI-05 consisting of DORYO, TAKASAKI, SEIGA and KASHIMA MARUs and NISSHO MARU No. 1.

23 March 1945:
87 miles NNW of Naha, Okinawa. At 1713, LtCdr William J. Germershausen's (USNA '35) USS SPADEFISH (SS-411) torpedoes and sinks DORYO MARU carrying a unit of IJA troops and 28 "Shinyo" explosive motor boats. The kaibokan counter-attack SPADEFISH and drop 52 depth charges, but SPADEFISH evades with only slight damage. 262 Navy passengers, 39 crewmen, 21 guards are KIA. 28 EMBs and some Daihatsu barges are also lost.

24 May 1945:
CD-215 and CD-219 arrive at Ominato.

25 May 1945:
CD-215 and CD-219 depart Ominato.

26 May 1945:
Both kaibokan arrive at Otaru.

27 May 1945:
CD-215 and CD-219 depart Otaru escorting a convoy.

30 May 1945:
Arrive at Kataoka Wan.

12/13 July 1945:
CD-219 is part of an ASW hunter-killer group together with CD-65 and minesweeper W-24. That night, the ASW group proceeds southward off northeastern Honshu near Kamaishi.

13 July 1945:
At around 0100, Reserve LtCdr James L. Hunnicut's USS CARP (SS-338) fires two Mark 18-2 torpedoes, one Mark 18-1 torpedo, and one Mark 28 passive homing torpedo (code-named DOGY) at CD-219, which Hunnicut misidentifies as a minesweeper. The three Mark 18 torpedoes miss, but the homing torpedo is attracted to the noise made by CD-219ís propulsion system. It hits CD-219 and explodes. The kaibokan sinks quickly will all hands near 39-20N, 142-18E. The other two ASW vessels hear explosions seaward and proceed there to investigate, but all they find is some floating debris.

15 September 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Note:
Thanks go to Cdr John Alden, USN-Ret, Erich Muehlthaler and Sander Kingsepp for new information on the sinking of CD-219 by USS CARP. Thanks also to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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