KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-74:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 2


1 August 1944:
Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Ohtawo shipyard, near Nagasaki.

2 November 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-74.

10 December 1944:
Completed and registered in the Yokosuka Naval District. Attached to the Kure Guard Unit. Soon thereafter, cruises to Saeki, northeast Kyushu. Upon arrival, CD-74 carries out anti-submarine and general training at the anti-submarine school based at Saeki.

4-11 January 1945:
CD-74 carries out an anti-submarine sweep in the direction of Tori-Jima, an island several hundred miles south of Tokyo Bay.

25 January 1945:
Cruises to Yokosuka.

12 February 1945:
Departs Chichi-Jima on convoy escort duty.

13 February1945:
Enroute back to Japan, the convoy is attacked by a lone USAAF B-29 heavy-bomber. One of the merchant ships incurs slight damage. CD-74 drives off the attacker with gunfire.

14 February 1945:
Arrives at Uraga, Tokyo Bay.

15-16 February 1945:
CD-74 is attached to the 1st Sweeping Force. Participates in the S-21 Operation.

15 February 1945:
At about 2300, in the vicinity of Toshima, south of Tokyo Bay, CD-74 detects two enemy submarines that fire torpedoes, but all miss. The results of CD-74's depth charge counter-attack are obscure. The identity of these submarines, if there were any, remains unknown.

25 February 1945:
CD-74 joins the Tokyo Bay Northern Escort Force.

5 March 1945:
Departs Tateyama, near Tokyo Bay escorting 10,241-ton tanker SABANG MARU.

6 March 1945:
CD-74 returns to Tateyama.

12 March 1945:
Departs Yokosuka escorting convoy No. 3312 consisting of NANYO MARU No. 1. Later that day arrives at Yamada.

13 March 1945:
Departs Yamada and later that day arrives at Hachijo-Jima, south of Tokyo Bay.

16 March 1945:
Departs Hachijo Jima escorting convoy No. 4316 consisTING OF NANYO MARU No. 1 for Yokosuka.

17 March 1945:
Arrives at Yokosuka and undergoes repairs for the remainder of the month.

5 April 1945:
CD-74 departs Yokosuka escorting convoy No. 3405 consisting of RYUJIN MARU.

6 April 1945:
Arrives at Hachijo Jima.

7 April 1945:
Departs Hachijo Jima with kaibokan SHISAKA escorting NIKKO MARU No. 2. At 2030 NIKKO MARU No. 2 breaks her propellor and is taken in tow by SHISAKA.

8 April 1945:
The convoy arrives at Tateyama. CD-74 apparently doubles back and returns to Hachijo Jima.

9 April 1945:
CD-74 departs Hachijo Jima escorting RYUJIN MARU.

10 April 1945:
Arrives at Tateyama Wan.

11 April 1945:
Departs Tateyama and later that day arrives at Yokosuka.

April 1945:
Participates in anti-submarine sweeps in the Ogasawara Gunto (Bonin Islands) area.

14 April 1945:
Departs Yokosuka but later that day returns to Yokosuka.

15 April 1945:
Departs Yokosuka.

16 April 1945:
Arrives at Katsuura.

18 April 1945:
Departs Katsuura.

19 April 1945:
Arrives at Onagawa.

22 April 1945:
Departs Onagawa.

23 April 1945:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

5 May 1945:
Departs Yokosuka.

10 May 1945:
Arrives at Ominato.

13 May 1945:
Departs Ominato.

14 May 1945:
Arrives at Otaru.

17 May 1945:
Departs Otaru escorting a convoy.

18 May 1945:
Arrives at Wakkanai.

28 May 1945:
Departs Wakkanai escorting a convoy.

22 June 1945:
Departs Ominato escorting tanker HORAI MARU No. 10 to Onagawa.

July 1945:
Conducts escort duty off the north coast of Honshu.

July 1945:
Attached to the Ominato Guard District. Carries out anti-submarine sweeping and convoy escort duty in the Kurile Islands.

14 July 1945:
Very early, in fine weather CD-74 entersMuroran, southern Hokkaido with a convoy. Reports are received that an enemy carrier task force is beginning operations in northern Japanese waters. As a consequence, the convoy’s departure is postponed and the ships remain in the harbor awaiting developments, CD-74's crew remains at action stations. CD- 65, CD-215 and minesweeper W-24 are also present in the harbor.

At 0830, a large formation of about 130 carrier-based aircraft of Vice Admiral John S. McCain’s Task Force 38 attacks the convoy with machine-guns, bombs and rockets. CD-74 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-74 is rocked by bomb explosions fore and aft in the vicinity of No. 1 main gun and in the area of her depth charge equipment. This is followed by a bomb near miss amidships to starboard. The underwater explosion has a mining effect in the shallow water. CD-74 rapidly fills with water and sinks at 42-21N, 140-59E. 22 crewmen are KIA and about 20 wounded.

CD-65 is also sunk, but CD-215 incurs only slight damage. CD-74 claims to have shot-down two of the attackers and damaged others.

15 September 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Note:
Special thanks for assistance in developing this TROM go to Bill Somerville of the USA and to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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