© 2009-2014 Bob Hackett and and Peter Cundall
8 October 1944:
Tsurumi, Yokohama. Laid down at Nippon Kokan K. K.'s shipyard.
10 December 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-73.
Reserve LtCdr Kawamoto Kazuo is appointed Chief Equipping Officer.
5 April 1945:
CD-73 is commissioned and registered in the IJN.Attached to Kure Naval District. LtCdr Kawamoto is the Commanding Officer.
12 April 1945:
At 1345, an unescorted convoy departs Yokohama for
Muroran, Hokkaido consisting of AWA, MANRYU (ex-Norwegian BORDVIK) and HAKUYO MARUs.
15 April 1945:
The convoy arrives at Kamaishi, NE Honshu and anchors.
16 April 1945:
At 0550, the convoy departs Kamaishi. At the Yamada
Sea, the convoy is joined by CD-73 and two other unidentified escorts. At 0910,
LtCdr John W. Reedís (USNA í38) USS SUNFISH (SS-281) attacks the convoy. Reed fires six
torpedoes and sinks CD-73 (casualties unknown) and transport MANRYU MARU with the loss of about 41 crewmen at 39-36N, 142-05E.
The escorts counterattack and drop about 50 DCs that slightly damage
USS SUNFISH that later evades and escapes.
5 May 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France and Mr. Matt Jones of Ohio, USA.
-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall