KAIBOKAN!

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

IJN Escort CD-76:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2010-2016 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 4


1 August 1944:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

18 November 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-76.

23 December 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

9 February 1945:
At 0700, CD-76 departs Kirin with kaibokan IKUNA, CD-26 and CD-67 escorting convoy TAMO-41 consisting of Army landing craft depot ships HYUGA and SETTSU MARUs. At 1900, anchors at Mazu Shan.

10 February 1945:
At 0700, departs Mazu Shan. Later that day arrives at Wenchow Bay.

11 February 1945:
Departs Wenchow Bay. At 1930, anchors in Chou Shan (Chusan) island Group.

12 February 1945:
At 0230, departs Chou Shan Islands.

14 February 1945:
At 1815, arrives at Mutsure.

20 February 1945:
Arrives at Kure.

23 February 1945:
Departs Kure

24 February 1945:
At 0700 arrives at Moji.

25 February 1945:
Departs Moji and transfers to nearby Mutsure.

26 February 1945:
At 0530 departs Mutsure in convoy MOTA-39 consisting of MASASHIMA MARU and four unidentified merchant ships escorted by kaibokan HABUSHI, CD-76 and CD-112 and submarine chaser CH-17.

27 February 1945:
At 1900 anchors in Maro Sea, Chosen.

28 February 1945:
At 0800 departs Maro Sea.

3 March 1945:
At 1630 arrives Ssu Chiao Shan.

4 March 1945:
Departs Ssu Chiao Shan and later that day anchors in the East Chusan Islands.

5 March 1945:
Departs East Chusan Islands and later that day arrivs at Sanmen Bay.

6 March 1945:
Departs Sanmen Wan and later that day arrives at Hutou Yu.

7 March 1945:
Departs Hutou Yu and later that day arrives and anchors east of Incog Islands.

8 March 1945:
Departs Incog Islands.

9 March 1945:
At 1500 arrives at Kirun (Keelung).

13 March 1945:
At 1203, departs Kirun escorting TAMO-48 consisting of an unknown number of merchant ships escorted by the kaibokan HABUSHI, CD-76 and CD-112.

15 March 1945:
At 1700 arrives at Pei Lung Shan.

16 March 1945:
At 0700 departs Pei Lung Shan. At 2300 arrives at Sanmen Wan.

17 March 1945:
At 0700 departs Sanmen Wan. At 2200 anchors east of Chusan Islands.

18 March 1945:
At 0700 departs Chusan Islands. At 1800 arrives south of Chinshan.

19 March 1945:
At 0500 departs Chinshan.

20 March 1945:
At 2000 arrives at Chin To.

21 March 1945:
At 0700 departs Chin To. At 2000 arrives at Koje Is (Kyosai To)

22 March 1945:
At 0700 departs Koje Island and at 1935 arrives at Mutsure.

23 March 1945:
At 0626 departs Mutsure. At 0745, arrives at Moji.

25 March 1945:
At 1805, CD-76 departs Moji and provides a cover patrol for the MITSUSHIMA MARU Convoy then arriving at Moji.

27 March 1945:
At 1300, arrives Tsutsu Bay, Tsushima. At 1545, departs Tsutsu Bay.

30 March 1945:
At 0400, arrives at Katsumoto (north Iki Jima).

1 April 1945:
Arrives at Chinkai.

2 April 1945:
At 0801 departs Chinkai.

3 April 1945:
Arrives Tsutsu Bay.

5 April 1945:
At 0827, departs Tsutsu Bay.

8 April 1945:
At 0827, arrives at Azuchioshima, near Sasebo. At 1803 departs.

9 April 1945:
At 1827, arrives at Sasebo.

11 April 1945:
At 0830 departs Sasebo.

21 April 1945:
At 0751 arrives at Chinkai.

22 April 1945:
Arrives at Osaki Wan, Tsushima.

23 April 1945:
At 0855 departs Osaki Bay.

27 April 1945:
At 1127, arrives at Imari Bay joining KANJU there.

29 April 1945:
At 1754, departs Imari Bay.

30 April 1945:
At 0830 arrives at Azuchi-Ura, Azuchioshima.

1 May 1945:
At 1823 departs Azuchi-Ura.

2 May 1945:
At 0738 arrives at Katsumoto (Iki Jima) and later that day departs on patrol.

14 May 1945:
At 1746 arrives off Azuchi-Ura.

15 May 1945:
At 1253, departs Azuchi-Ura. At 1423, arrives at Imari Bay.

18 May 1945:
At 0614, departs Imari Bay. At 0920, arrives at Azuchi-Ura.

26 May 1945:
At 1655, departs Azuchi-Ura.

29 May 1945:
At 1107, arrives at Azuchi-Ura. At 1823 departs.

30 May 1945:
At 0526, arrives Tsushima.

31 May 1945:
At 0646, departs Tsushima. At 1418, arrives at Chinkai.

15 August 1945:
Japan accepts the Allies “Potsdam Declaration” (of unconditional surrender) and hostilities cease.

3 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

1 December 1945:
Assigned as a minesweeper by the Allied Occupation Powers. [1]

18 June 1947:
Dai-ichi Building, Tokyo. Japanese warships are to be divided into four roughly equal lots among the "Big Four" victorious nations (i.e. U.S., U.K., USSR, China). Vice Admiral Robert M. Griffin, commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Far East, conducts the first drawing of lots that includes a total of 24 destroyers and 68 kaibokan. The Soviet Union is allotted 34 former IJN warships, including 7 destroyers and 17 escort vessels.

28 August 1947:
Nakhodka Bay, Siberia, Maritime Province. CD-76 is ceded to the Soviet Navy as a war reparation.

Late October 1947:
Transferred to Vladivostok.


Authors' Note:
[1 ]In 1945, the U. S. Army Air Force launched a five-phased campaign known as “Operation Starvation” to mine Japan’s home waters. The USAAF used 80 to 100 B-29 “Super Fortress” heavy bombers of the 21st Bomber Command based at Tinian in the Marianas. The B-29s could carry seven 2,000 lb. or twelve 1,000 lb. mines.

Beginning on 27 March 1945 and continuing until 5 August 1945, the B-29s flew 1,529 nighttime radar sorties and laid 4,900 magnetic, 3,500 acoustic, 2,900 pressure and 700 low-frequency mines for a total of more than 12,000 mines laid in Japanese waters. These mines sank 294 ships, damaged 137 beyond repair and damaged another 239 that could be repaired. The total was 1, 250,000 tons sunk or damaged or about 75 percent of Japanese shipping available in March 1945. Only 15 B-29s were lost during the mining campaign.

Postwar, removal of these mines posed a major challenge for the Allied Occupation Forces. They pressed 269 Japanese ships of various types into mine sweeping service to augment their own efforts.

Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and and Peter Cundall


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