KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-65:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


Revision 1

10 August 1944:
Laid down at Nihonkai (Nipponkai) Dock, Ltd.

30 November 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-65.

13 February 1945:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

11 May 1945:
Departs Maizuru.

13 May 1945:
Arrives at Ominato.

16 May 1945:
Departs Ominato.

17 May 1945:
Arrives at Otaru.

24 May 1945:
At 2230, CD-65 departs Otaru, Hokkaido for Paramushiro with kaibokan KUNASHIRI escorting the "NU" convoy consisting of HOKUYU, TAISHO and SANTO MARUs.

25 May 1945:
TAISHO MARU's poorly loaded cargo begins to shift. As a result, the convoy returns to Otaru.

26 May 1945:
Re-departs Otaru.

31 May 1945:
At 1403, arrives at Paramushiro.

14 July 1945:
Muroran, southern Hokkaido. Reports are received that an enemy carrier task force is beginning operations in northern Japanese waters. CD-65, CD-74, CD-215, minesweeper W-24 and an unidentified convoy are present in the harbor.

At 0830, a large formation of about 130 carrier-based aircraft of Vice Admiral (Admiral posthumously) John S. McCain’s (USNA ’06) Task Force 38 attacks the convoy with machine-guns, bombs and rockets. CD-65 returns fire with all guns. Soon, one merchant ship is sunk and another heavily damaged. Raging fires break out on the latter.

15 miles S of Muroran. CD-65 and CD-74 sink at 42-21N, 140-59E, but CD-215 incurs only slight damage.

15 September 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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