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

IJN Escort CD-24:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 4

1 November 1943:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard.

27 January 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-24.

28 March 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

4 April 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

5 April 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

13 April 1944:
Departs Saiki.

14 April 1944:
Arrives at Kure.

17 April 1944:
Departs Kure.

18 April 1944:
Arrives at saiki.

26 April 1944:
Departs Saiki.

27 April 1944:
Arrives at Kure.

28 April 1944:
Departs Kure.

30 April 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

4 May 1944:
At 1400 departs Tateyama in convoy 3503 consisting of KEIYO, HAKOZAKI, NICHIWA, ENOSHIMA, MINO, OSAKA, TAIKOKU, FUKKO, TATSUTAGAWA, SHINFUKU, FUKUKOKU, KOHO, KOJUN and SHUNSEN MARUs escorted by destroyers ASANAGI, MINATSUKI, torpedo boat OTORI, subchasers CH-31, CH-32, CH-52, auxiliary subchaser SHONAN MARU No. 8 and kaibokan Oki and CD-24.

10 May 1944:
420 miles NW of Saipan. At 1743, LtCdr Russell Kefauver’s (USNA ’33) USS TAMBOR (SS-198) torpedoes and damages KEIYO MARU at 19-27N 140-00E.

14 May 1944:
At 14-57N, 144-58E, KOHO and SHUNSEN MARUs and OTORI, SHONAN MARU No. 8 are detached for Guam. At 1200, the rest of the convoy arrives at Saipan.

17 May 1944:
CD-24 departs Saipan for Tokyo with destroyer ASANAGI, kaibokan CD-18, torpedo-boat OTORI, auxiliary SHONAN MARU No. 8, TAKUNAN MARU No. 10 escorting convoy No. 4517 consisting of ASAHISAN, TATSUHARU, SHOZAN, BINGO, MEIRYU, ENOSHIMA, MINO and MIHO MARUs. Soon after departing, YAMATAMA MARU runs aground and is detached from the convoy.

22 May 1944:
160 miles NW of Chichi-Jima. Flagship ASANAGI is steaming about a mile ahead of the formation. At 0327, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) Bafford E. Lewellen‘s (USNA ’31) USS POLLACK (SS-180) torpedoes ASANAGI at 28-12N 138-50E. Hit aft, she becomes unnavigable and goes dead in the water. Fires break out aft and she lists to starboard, before rolling over and sinking at 0405. 82 sailors are KIA.

24 May 1944:
At about 1730, convoy No. 4517 arrives at Tokyo.

1 June 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka and undergoes repairs.

18 June 1944:
CD-24 departs Yokosuka escorting Navy fast transport landing ship T-103 to Chichi-Jima.

21 June 1944:
CD-24 departs Chichi-Jima escorting Navy fast transport landing ship T-103 to Yokosuka.

25 June 1944:
CD-24 departs Tokyo Bay escorting the Navy fast transport landingf ships T-103 and T-130. The ships are bound for Chichi-Jima then Iwo Jima.

28 June 1944:
30 miles SW of Iwo Jima. CD-24 is covering unloading operations of a group of ships that, most probably, are the above landing ships. At about 1100, LCdr William H. Wright’s (USNA ’36) USS ARCHERFISH (SS-311) torpedoes the kaibokan. CD-24 breaks in two and sinks at 24-44N, 140-20E. [1]

10 August 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.

Authors' Notes:
CNO analysts commented on the sinking of CD-24 and noted that: "only 40 men were seriously wounded [sic], but they managed to swim ashore with the rest of the crew."

Thanks go to John Whitman for info on CNO comments and to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

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