KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-45:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 2.


25 May 1944:
Laid down at Nipponkai Dock Co as kaibokan No. 2423.

5 October 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-45.

23 December 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Assigned to Kure Guard Unit. Lt Aramaki Terashi is the CO.

6 March 1945:
CD-45, auxiliary minesweeper MISAGO MARU No. 3, auxiliary minelayer TAKACHIHO MARU and minesweeper W-27 begin escorting a convoy in Ise Wan area.

8 March 1945:
The escort operation ends.

12 March 1945:
CD-45 escorts a convoy in Ise Wan area.

17-18 March 1945:
CD-45 escorts a convoy in Ise Wan area.

22-23 March 1945:
CD-45 escorts a convoy in Ise Wan area.

26-27 March 1945:
CD-45 escorts a convoy in Ise Wan area.

30 March 1945:
At 0200 departs Shimizu bound for Omaezaki escorting KURETAKE MARU.

1945:
Assigned to a Special Attack Squadron at Toba, Mie Prefecture. Converted to a tender for “Shinyo” explosive motor boats (EMBs).

28 July 1945:
Owase Bay. Around 0600, twelve aircraft from Vice Admiral (later Admiral posthumously) John S. McCain's (USNA ’06)(former CO of USS RANGER, CV-4) Task Force 38 appear over Owase to attack targets of opportunity. Subsequent attacks continue until 1455. Between 0600 and 1457, CD-45 is strafed, then hit by four rockets fired from Grumann F6F “Hellcats”. A 500-pound bomb hits her port side below the bridge, killing 30 sailors and wounding her CO (name unknown) and 18 others. CD-45 is run aground in shallow water at 34-05E, 136-15E and abandoned by her crew.

30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

30 April 1948:
Owase. Scrapped.


Authors' Note:
Thanks go to Mr. Iwasaki Yutaka of Japan, Mr Jeff Donahoo of Iowa, USA and Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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