KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-60:
Tabular Record of Movement

2009-2017 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 3


16 June 1944:
Kobe. Laid down at Kawasaki Shipbuilding.

15 September 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-60.

9 November 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

23 December 1944:
CD-60 departs Moji for Takao with kaibokan CD-26 and CD-205 escorting convoy MOTA-29 consisting of MELBOURNE and DAIKO MARUs carrying elements of the IJA 19th Infantry Division. Enroute, CD-26 is detached and heads back to Sasebo. [1]

31 December 1944:
Arrives at Takao.

3 January 1945:
At 1300 CD-41, CD-60 and CD-205 join convoy SAMA-14 consisting of SHINNO, RYUSHO, BINGO MARUs and at least 3 other unidentified merchant ships escorted by Minesweeper W-21 and kaibokan CD-1, CD-3, CD-130 and CD-134.

4 January 1945:
At 1700 anchors at Nanao Tao.

5 January 1945:
At 1600 departs Nanao Tao.

8 January 1945:
At 1600 arrives at Takao. Lightly damaged in an air attack.

10 January 1945:
At 1600 CD-60 joins the escort of reorganized convoy HI-87. At 1700, the convoy departs Takao for Mako consisting of fleet oiler KAMOI, tankers SARAWAK, MATSUSHIMA, MITSUSHIMA and HASHIDATE MARUs escorted by kaibokan KANJU, KURAHASHI, NOMI, SHINNAN, YASHIRO, MIYAKE, CD-13, CD-60 and CD-205 and destroyer SHIGURE.

12 January 1945:
The convoy receives a radio report that Kirun is under air attack and the ships are ordered to head for Hong Kong, not Mako.

13 January 1945:
At 1100, convoy HI-87 enters Hong Kong.

15 January 1945:
At 0915, there is an air attack on Hong Kong. Over the next two days, all of HI-87's merchants except SARAWAK MARU suffer varying degrees of battle damage.

17 January 1945:
At 1700 departs Hong Kong.

22 January 1945:
At 0700, subchasers CH-20 and CH-35 and patrol boat PB-104 depart Singapore escorting convoy HI-88-B consisting of DAIETSU, ENKI and TATSUTAMA MARUs. At 0800 CD-60 arrives at St Jacques.

27 January 1945:
At 2230 arrives at St Jacques, Indochina. TATSUTAMA MARU and CH-35 are detached. Kaibokan NOMI and CD-60 joins the convoy.

28 January 1945:
At 2110, departs St Jacques.

29 January 1945:
At 2230, arrives at Van Phong, Indochina.

30 January 1945:
At 0700, departs Van Phong.

31 January 1945:
After two submarine sightings, at 0551, DAIETSU MARU with 8,000-tons of fuel oil, 1,200-tons of rubber & 570-tons of tin (seven crewmen and two gunners KIA) and one minute later, ENKI MARU with 7,000-tons of fuel oil and 1,600-tons of crude rubber, tin, mail and general cargo (one crewman and 21 passengers KIA) are both torpedoed and sunk by Cdr Royce L. Gross' (USNA 30) USS BOARFISH (SS-327) at 14-56N, 109-00E. NOMI rescues many of ENKI MARU's survivors. DAIETSU MARU is run aground on the coast. Later, the wreck is bombed.

2 February 1945:
Arrives at Saigon.

3 February 1945:
At 1300 departs Saigon.

6 February 1945:
Arrives at Singapore.

11 February 1945:
At 0510, CD-60 and kaibokan NOMI depart Singapore for Moji escorting convoy HI-88-F consisting of SAKAE and FUKUEI MARUs. At about 0615, NOMI strikes a mine at 01-27N, 104-30E, but is able to continue.

18 February 1945:
At 1900 arrives at Quinhon, Indochina.

19 February 1945:
Departs Quinhon and later arrives at Tourane, Indochina.

24 February 1945:
Four miles S of Wanshan Island. NOMI is damaged by aircraft.

25 February 1945:
At 1400 arrives at Hong Kong. NOMI undergoes repairs to her mine damaged area.

26 February 1945:
At 0200 departs Hong Kong.

3 March 1945:
At 2228 anchors off Ssu Chiao Shan.

4 March 1945:
At 1500 departs Ssu Chiao Shan.

6 March 1945:
At 2015 arrives at unidentified (illegible) location.

7 March 1945:
Late that day arrives at the north side of Tsushima.

8 March 1945:
At 0600 departs Tsushima with kaibokan KURAHASHI as an additional escort and at 1500 convoy HI-88-F arrives at Mutsure. At 1720 arrives at Moji.

9 March 1945:
At 0735 departs Moji escorting tanker FUEI MARU. At 1742 arrives at Imari Wan.

10 March 1945:
At 0450 CD-60 departs Imari Wan alone. At 1450 arrives at Sasebo. Undergoes repairs.

27 March 1945:
At 1000 departs Sasebo.

28 March 1945:
At 1303 arrives at Chinkai.

29 March 1945:
At 0925 departs Chinkai.

30 March 1945:
At 1450 arrives at Hikin Do.

4 April 1945:
At 0615 departs Hikin Do on an anti submarine sweep.

11 April 1945:
At 0345 arrives back at Hikin Do.

12 April 1945:
At 0800 departs Hikin Do and at 1105 arrives at Moppo (Mokpo).

15 April 1945:
At 0822 departs Moppo and at 1215 arrives at Hikin Do.

21 April 1945:
At 0722 departs Hikin Do and at 1040 arrives at Moppo.

22 April 1945:
At 1240 departs Moppo and at 1408 arrives at Hikin Do.

25 April 1945:
At 2335 departs Hikin Do on an anti submarine sweep.

4 October 1945:
Departs Sasebo on her first repatriation voyage.

5 October 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

11 October 1945:
Arrives at Manila. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

14 October 1945:
Departs Manila.

27 October 1945:
Arrives at Kure. Disembarks troops and passengers.

3 November 1945:
Departs Kure.

5 November 1945:
Arrives at Saiki.

8 November 1945:
Departs Saiki.

13 November 1945:
Arrives at Manila. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

16 November 1945:
Departs Manila.

21 November 1945:
Arrives at Kure. Disembarks troops and passengers.

1 December 1945:
Officially assigned to the Allied Repatriation Service. [2]

5 December 1945:
Departs Kure.

13 December 1945:
Arrives at Manila. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

19 December 1945 :
Departs Manila.

25 December 1945:
Arrives at Otaka. Disembarks troops and passengers.

26 December 1945:
Undergoes repairs at Kure.

19 January 1946:
Repairs are completed.

25 January 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

26 January 1946:
Arrives at Kirun (Keelung). Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

27 January 1946:
Departs Kirun.

31 January 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

1 February 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

4 February 1946:
Arrives at Miyakoshima. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

5 February 1946:
Departs Miyakoshima.

7 February 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

10 February 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

12 February 1946:
Arrives at Kirun. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later that day.

15 February 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

17 February 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

19 February 1946:
Arrives at Kirun. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

20 February 1946:
Departs Kirun.

22 February 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

3 March 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

5 March 1946:
Arrives at Kirun. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

8 March 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

25 March 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

28 March 1946 :
Arrives at Kirun. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

31 March 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

1 April 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

4 April 1946:
Arrives at Kwaren (Hua lien) and departs later the same day.

7 April 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

10 April 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

12 April 1946:
Arrives at Kwaren. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

14 April 1946 :
Departs Kwaren.

16 April 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

20 April 1946:
Arrives at Mukojima dockyard for repairs.

8 May 1946:
Repairs are completed.

13 May 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

15 May 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

18 May 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

8 June 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

10 June 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

12 June 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

13 June 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima. Disembarks troops and passengers.

18 June 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

20 June 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

21 June 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

23 June 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo. Disembarks troops and passengers.

8 July 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

10 July 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated.

15 July 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

17 July 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo. Disembarks troops and passengers.

29 September 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

1 October 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

4 October 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo. Disembarks troops and passengers.

6 October 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

8 October 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

10 October 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo. Disembarks troops and passengers.

13 October 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

15 October 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

18 October 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo. Disembarks troops and passengers.

21 October 1946:
Enters dock at Sasebo for repairs.

2 November 1946:
Undocked. Repairs are completed.

29 November 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

1 December 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa. Embarks troops and passengers to be repatriated and departs later the same day.

3 December 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo. Disembarks troops and passengers.

14 August 1947:
Ceded to the United Kingdom as a war reparation; later scrapped.


Authors' Note:
[1] Some sources indicate CD-112 was in the escort, not CD-26.

[2] Allied occupation forces were responsible for the return of six million Japanese military personnel and civilians from Japan's defunct far-flung Empire. In addition, there were over a million Korean and about 40,000 Chinese prisoners and conscript laborers and approximately 7,000 Formosans and 15,000 Ryukyu Islanders to be repatriated.

Some Allied and many former IJN warships, from aircraft carriers to kaibokan, were used to facilitate the enormous repatriation effort. Japanese vessels and crews were used to the fullest extent possible to conserve Allied manpower and accelerate demobilization. Each ex-IJN ship first had to be demilitarized; guns removed or, in the case of large warships, barrels severed, ammunition landed, and radar and catapults removed, if fitted. Repatriation of the Chinese on Japanese ships began early in October from Hakata, but U.S. guard detachments had to be placed on many ships to prevent disorder because the Japanese crews could not control the returnees.

Japanese-run repatriation centers were established at Kagoshima, Hario near Sasebo, and Hakata near Fukuoka. Other reception centers were established and operated at Maizuru, Shimonoseki, Sasebo, Senzaki, Kure, Uraga, Yokohama, Moji and Hakodate. Allied line and medical personnel supervised the centers. Incoming Japanese were sprayed with DDT, examined and inoculated for typhus and smallpox, provided with food, and transported to his final destination in Japan.

Grateful thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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