© 2009 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall
15 August 1944:
Tsurumi. Laid down at Nippon Kokan K. K.’s shipyard.
29 October 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-53.
28 November 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN.
26 January 1945:
At 0800, CD-53 departs Moji via Sasebo and Takao for Singapore wth destroyers NOKAZE and KAMIKAZE and kaibokan SHONAN, KUME and CD-25 escorting convoy HI-91 consisting of transport/cargo liners SANUKI and KITSURIN MARUs and tankers TOJO and EIYO MARUs.
28 January 1945:
Yellow Sea. At 0240, Cdr Gordon W. Underwood’s USS SPADEFISH (SS-411) torpedoes and sinks KUME at 33-50N, 122-55E. At 0313, in a second attack, Underwood fires three torpedoes at the SANUKI MARU and all three hit. She sinks at 33-55N, 122-55E. KAMIKAZE rescues survivors.
29 January 1945:
At 0730, convoy HI-93 departs Moji for Singapore consisting of KIYOKAWA MARU and oilers TOA and TOHO MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-61, CD-63 and CD-207. The convoy hugs the continental coast stopping each night at a different anchorage.
30 January 1945:
Off Shanghai. KITSURIN MARU is detached.
1 February 1945:
Arrives at Kuroushi Bay.
2 February 1945:
Arrives at Taiseiyo Santo.
3 February 1945:
At 1915, arrives at Qui Sande Bay, Indochina. CD-53 is detached.
4 February 1945:
CD-53 joins convoy HI-93 as an additional escort.
5 February 1945:
Hainan Sea. KIYOKAWA MARU is detached for Yulin.
6 February 1945:
At 2000, HI-93 arrives at Van Phong Bay, Indochina.
7 February 1945:
At 0700, departs Van Phong Bay. At 1050, LtCdr John M. Hyde’s USS BERGALL (SS-320) attacks the convoy’s starboard side. TOHO MARU is hit by two torpedoes, but manages to continue on. CD-53 is hit, breaks in two and sinks at 11-53N, 109-22E.
10 April 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall