KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-73:
Tabular Record of Movement

Revision 1

© 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


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