© 2007-2016 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall
22 June 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-43.
31 July 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Lt Saito Yuichi (64) is the Commanding Officer.
20 October 1944: Operation SHO-I-GO ("Victory") – The Battle of Leyte Gulf:
CD-43 departs Yashima anchorage with kaibokan CD-22, CD-29, CD-31, CD-33, and CD-132 escorting oilers TAKANE and JINEI MARUs of Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo's (37) (former CO of HARUNA) Northern "decoy" Mobile Force’s Second Supply Force. The Supply Force supports CarDiv 3's ZUIKAKU, ZUIHO, CHITOSE and CHIYODA and CarDiv 4's hybrid HYUGA and ISE.
22 October 1944:
Ozawa's force refuels at sea. Sound contact is made with a submarine. At 2010, ZUIKAKU and light cruiser TAMA spot torpedo tracks and make a sharp turn to port. Ozawa is forced to cancel the refueling after receiving only one third of the required amount.
24 October 1944:
Destroyer AKIKAZE departs Kure to lead the escort of the Second Supply Force.
25 October 1944: The Battle off Cape Engano:
Ozawa's force is attacked by planes from Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Marc Mitscher's (USNA ’10) Task Force 38’s USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6), USS ESSEX (CV-9), USS INTREPID (CV-11), USS FRANKLIN (CV-13), USS LEXINGTON (CV-16), USS INDEPENDENCE (CVL-22), USS BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), USS LANGLEY (CVL-27), USS CABOT (CVL-28) and USS SAN JACINTO (CVL-30).
TF 38 launches 527 sorties in five strikes against Ozawa’s Northern Force. During the day's action, carriers ZUIKAKU (Captain [Vice Admiral posthumously] Kaizuka Takeo (46), forty-eight officers and 794 petty officers and men lost), ZUIHO (six officers and 208 sailors lost) and CHITOSE (Captain [Rear Admiral posthumously] Kishi Yoshiyuki (47) and 903 officers and men KIA) and destroyer AKIZUKI (183 sailors KIA) are sunk.
That same day, S of Yaku Jima, LtCdr Orme C. Robbins’ (USNA ’34) USS STERLET (SS-392) torpedoes and sinks oiler JINEI MARU at 30-15N, 129-45E. 69 crewmen are killed. Destroyer AKIKAZE helps rescue JINEI MARU's survivors and takes them to Mako, Pescadores Islands. CD-43 is briefly detached to chase the submarine. She is recalled soon thereafter and receives the order to proceed to Mako, Pescadores.28 October 1944:
8 December 1944:
NNE of Kuching, Borneo. At 0104, either LtCdr John C. Martin's (USNA ’34) USS HAMMERHEAD (SS-364) or LtCdr Joseph P. FitzPatrick's (USNA ’38) USS PADDLE (SS-263) torpedoes and sinks SHOEI MARU with a cargo of 5,000-tons of gasoline at 04-02N, 111-12E. 42 crewmen are killed.
12 December 1944:
At 1300, arrives at Kuching.
13 December 1944:
At 1200, departs Kuching.
16 December 1944:
KOSHIN MARU suffers engine trouble and has to be towed to Miri.
23 December 1944:
LtCdr (later Captain) Irvin S. Hartman's (USNA ’33) USS BARBERO (SS-317) torpedoes and sinks subchaser CH-30 at 02-42N, 111-05E.
24 December 1944:
The convoy anchors off Cape Paloh. The convoy's destination is changed to Cape St. Jacques, Indochina.
25 December 1944:
At 1200, departs Cape Paloh.
11 January 1945:
At 1100, CD-43, kaibokan CD-35, patrol boat PB-103, minesweeper W-101 and subchaser CH-31 depart Cape St. Jacques escorting convoy SATA-05 consisting of KENSEI and TOYU MARUs, Landing Ship Transport T. 149 and tankers AYAYUKI, KOSHIN and EIHO MARUs. In the evening, T. 149 finds the heavy seas too dangerous. She is detached from the convoy and returns to St Jacques.
12 January 1945:
Aircraft of Vice Admiral (Admiral posthumously) John S. McCain's (USNA ’06) Task Force 38 attack all of convoy SATA-05's ships. CD-43 is strafed and receives several near misses. After her steering compartment is flooded, the escort is beached on an uninhabited island at 11-10N, 108-55E and later blown up by her crew. A total of 29 sailors are killed in the air attacks.
10 March 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall
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