HYOTEKIKAN

IJN HAKACHI:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2015 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 1


1 February 1943:
Aioi. Laid down as a 1,641-ton target ship at Harima Shipbuilding. She is the first Japanese ship built specifically for use as a target ship.

25 May 1943:
Launched and named HAKACHI.

18 November 1943:
Completed and registered in the Kure Naval District. Her raised deck gives the appearance of an aircraft carrier, but is actually meant to protect her against practice bombs.

17-18 February 1944: American Operation "Hailstone" - The Attack on Truk:
Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Marc A. Mitscherís Task Force 58ís five fleet carriers and four light carriers, supported by six battleships, ten cruisers and 28 destroyers, launch air attacks on Japanese ships in the lagoon, airfields and shore installations. They sink 31 transports and 10 naval vessels (two cruisers, four destroyers and four auxiliary vessels), destroy nearly 200 aircraft and damage severely about 100 more.

TF 58ís aircraft damage HAKACHI, ammunition ship SOYA, destroyers SHIGURE and MATSUKAZE, submarines I-10 and RO-37, repair ship AKASHI, seaplane tender AKITSUSHIMA and auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-20. Truk is eliminated as a major fleet anchorage for the IJN.

18 February 1944:
Destroyer FUMITSUKI, hit by an aerial torpedo on 17 Feb, sinks despite assistance from HAKACHI and MATSUKAZE that rescue survivors.

20 February 1944:
Completes repairs and departs Truk for Palau.

24 February 1944:
Arrives at Palau.

February 1944:
Departs Palau.

February 1944:
Arrives at Lingga anchorage near Singapore. Later, serves as a target ship for Carrier Division 1's TAIHO (F), SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU.

16 April 1944:
At Singapore. Comes along starboard side of oiler KAMOI, presumably to bunker. Light cruiser KITAKAMI is already lying alongside.

Summer 1944:
HAKACHI is modified to serve as an escort vessel.

30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

1 December 1945:
Assigned to the Allied Repatriation Service as a special transport ship.

19 January 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

25 January 1946:
Arrives at Guam.

26 January 1946:
Departs Guam.

4 February 1946:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

5 February 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

11 February 1946:
Departs Sasebo

17 February 1946:
Arrives at Guam and departs later that day.

20 February 1946:
Arrives at Saipan.

22 February 1946:
Departs Saipan.

26 February 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa and departs later that day.

1 March 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

3 March 1946:
Enters dockyard at Sasebo for repairs.

4 April 1946:
Repairs are completed.

8 April 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

13 April 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that same day.

16 April 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai.

19 April 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

21 April 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai.

30 April 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

3 May 1946:
Arrives at Woosung.

9 May 1946:
Departs Woosung.

11 May 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

17 May 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

19 May 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai.

20 May 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

22 May 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

29 May 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

31 May 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later the same day.

2 June 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

11 June 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

13 June 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai.

14 June 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

17 June 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

27 June 1946:
Enters dockyard at Sasebo for repairs.

10 July 1946:
Repairs are completed.

11 September 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

14 September 1946:
Arrives at Kororjima, near Tsientsin.

18 September 1946:
Departs Kororjima.

21 September 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

28 September 1946:
Departs Hakata.

3 October 1946:
Arrives at Korojima and departs later the same day.

7 October 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

6 November 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

8 November 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa.

9 November 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

11 November 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

22 November 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

24 November 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa and departs later the same day.

26 November 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

5 December 1946:
Departs Sasebo.

7 December 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa.

8 December 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

11 December 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo on her last repatriation voyage. In all, she transports 1,641 former military personnel back to Japan.

1947:
Osaka. Scrapped at Fujinagata Zosensho.


-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Thanks to Gengoro Toda of Japan and Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

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