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(HAYATOMO prewar)

IJN HAYATOMO:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2016 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.
Revision 9


14 March 1922:
Kure Navy Yard. Laid down.

4 December 1922:
Launched and named HAYATOMO.

1 April 1923:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Kondo Naokata (30) is posted as Chief Equipping Officer.

1 September 1923:
Captain Aoki Kunitaro (31) is appointed Chief Equipping Officer. Kondo is later assigned as CO of HARUNA.

1 December 1924:
Captain Aoki is posted CO of TAMA as an additional duty.

18 May 1925:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Captain Aoki is the CO.

25 May 1925:
Captain Aoki assumes full-time command of TAMA.

25 May 1925:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Yamaguchi Seishichi (32) assumes command.

1 December 1925:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Teramoto Takeji (33) assumes command. Cdr Yamaguchi is promoted Captain and reassigned as CO of MAMIYA.

1 April 1926:
An unknown officer assumes command. Cdr Teramoto is later promoted Captain and assigned as CO of JINGEI.

1 November 1927:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Higurashi Toshiu (34) assumes command.

1 December 1927:
Cdr Higurashi is promoted Captain.

1 August 1928:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Kasuya Soichi (35) assumes command. Captain Higurashi is reassigned as CO of NATORI.

4 December 1928:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Kawana Takeo (34) assumes command.

10 December 1928:
Cdr Kawana is promoted Captain and later assigned as CO of OI.

1 May 1929:
An unknown officer assumes command. Captain Kawana is reassigned as CO of TATSUTA.

15 November 1929:
Cdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Hara Seitaro (35) assumes command.

1 December 1929:
Cdr Hara is promoted Captain.

26 July 1930:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Takahashi Hideo (36) assumes command. Captain Hara is later assigned as CO of YUBARI.

10 November 1930:
Cdr Takahashi is assigned additional duty as CO of TAMA.

1 December 1930:
Cdr Takahashi is promoted Captain.

1 May 1931:
Captain Takahashi resumes full-time command.

15 August 1931:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Mikawa Gunichi (38) assumes command. Captain Takahashi is later assigned as CO of MYOKO.

1 December 1931:
An unknown officer assumes command.

25 January 1932:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Nakayama Michimoto (37), CO of NATORI, assumes command as an additional duty.

1 December 1932:
An unknown officer assumes command. Captain Nakayama is later assigned as CO of HAGURO.

25 August 1934:
Cdr (Vice Admiral, posthumously)(39) Otsuka Miki assumes command.

15 November 1934:
Cdr Otsuka is promoted Captain.

7 October 1935:
An unknown officer assumes command. Captain Otsuka is reassigned as CEO of TSURUGISAKI.

7 October 1936:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Mizusaki Shojiro (38)(former XO of KIRISHIMA) assumes command.

1 December 1936:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Mizui Seiji (40) is promoted Captain and assumes command that same day. Captain Mizusaki is reassigned as CO of SUZUYA.

6 December 1936:
At 1530 Destroyer FUYO comes alongside. At 1545 Destroyer KARUKAYA also comes alongside. At 1630 KARUKAYA departs. At 1635 FUYO departs.

20 November 1937:
Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Kiyota Takahiko (42) assumes command.

1 December 1937:
Cdr Kiyota is promoted Captain.

7 December 1937:
Arrives at Tongao Tao (near Hong Kong)

20 June 1938:
An unknown officer assumes command. Captain Kiyota is later assigned as CO of NARUTO.

10 February 1939:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Miura Tomosaburo (38), assumes command.

1 July 1939:
Captain Miura is assigned additional duty as CO of oiler SATA.

28 September 1939:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Aruga Takeo (42)(former CO of NATORI) assumes command. Captain Miura is later assigned as CO of MUROTO.

15 November 1939:
An unknown officer assumes command.

15 October 1940:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Matsura Tadayuki (40) assumes command.

2 December 1941:
Departs Sasebo.

4-8 December 1941: Operation "M" - The Attack on the Southern Philippines:
HAYATOMO is in the Third Fleet assigned to Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Irifune Naosaburo’s (39)(former CO of MIKUMA) 32nd Special Base Force.

7 December 1941:
Arrives at Palau.

11 December 1941: HAYATOMO departs Palau as part of Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Kubo Kyuji's (38) Fourth Surprise Attack Force's seven troop transports and light cruiser NAGARA (F), DesDiv 24's four destroyers and minelayer AOTAKA. Seaplane tenders CHITOSE and MIZUHO provide air cover. Enroute, the convoy’s destroyers refuel off Western Luzon, Philippines.

14 December 1941:
Arrives at Legaspi

15 December 1941:
Legaspi, Philippine Islands. HAYATOMO is bombed, but suffers little damage.

19 December 1941:
At 1755 departs Legaspi.

24 December 1941:
At 0330 arrives at Lamon Bay.

1 January 1942:
Departs Legaspi.

6 January 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

8 January 1942:
Drydocked.

27 January 1942:
Departs Sasebo.

2 February 1942:
Arrives at Davao.

7 February 1942:
Departs Davao in a convoy consisting of tanker HAYATOMO, passenger-cargo MATSUMOTO MARU and other unidentified ships escorted by auxiliary gunboats MANYO MARU and TAIKO MARUs.

9 February 1942:
HAYATOMO and MATSUMOTO MARU escorted by auxiliary gunboats MANYO MARU and TAIKO MARUs are detached from the convoy and later anchor at Pata on the south coast of Jolo.

10 February 1942:
Arrives Tarakan. MATSUMOTO MARU remains behind at Jolo.

12 February 1942:
HAYATOMO, accompanied by auxiliary gunboats MANYO and TAIKO MARUs, departs Tarakan.

13 February 1942:
Arrives at Balikpapan where convoy is dissolved.

24 February 1942:
Departs Balikpapan with auxiliary gunboat MANYO MARU.

25 February 1942:
Arrives at Macassar.

5 April 1942:
HAYATOMO coals auxiliary gunboat TAIKO MARU.

20 March 1942:
Departs Davao for Ambon, Moluccas escorted by torpedo boat TOMOZURU.

24 March 1942:
Arrives at Ambon.

25 March 1942:
Patrol boat PB-1 is refuelled and stored by Fleet oiler HAYATOMO.

22 April 1942:
PB-1 again refuels from Fleet oiler HAYATOMO.

15 May 1942:
Captain (later Rear Admiral, posthumously) Nakao Hachiro (40)(former CO of LYONS MARU) assumes command. Captain Matsura is later assigned as CO of ONDO.

23 August 1942:
SW of Ambon, Netherlands East Indies. LtCdr (later Cdr) James W. Coe’s (USNA ’30) USS SKIPJACK (SS-184) torpedoes and damages HAYATOMO at 03-52N, 127-54E.

29 August 1942:
Tanker SEIAN MARU arrives near the location that HAYATOMO was torpedoed and tows her to Kendari, Celebes.

September 1942-April 1943:
HAYATOMO undergoes lengthly repairs initially at an unknown location.

1 November 1942:
At 1030 auxiliary gunboat CHOSA MARU departs Singapore Naval Port (seletar) and later meets up with HAYATOMO.

5 November 1942:
At 1715 CHOSA MARU and HAYATOMO arrive at Seletar.

15 April 1943:
Captain Hasebe Ichizou (former CO of KAMOI) assumes command.

27 September 1943:
Departs Truk in convoy No. 7272 with tankers SHINKOKU and AZUMA MARUs.

1 October 1943:
At 1425, HAYATOMO and SHINKOKU and AZUMA MARUs arrive at Palau escorted by destroyer ASANAGI.

9 October 1943:
Sulu Sea. At about 0600, LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Vernon L. Lowrance’s (USNA ’30) USS KINGFISH (SS-234) torpedoes and heavily damages HAYATOMO with a hit in her engine room at 05-09N, 119-18E. [1]

At 0730, USN codebreakers intercept and decrypt a message from the captain of HAYATOMO that reads: “We were hit in the engine room by one torpedo from an enemy submarine in position 05-09N, 119 ---- E. We are unable to navigate.”

At 1015, codebreakers decrypt another message from HAYATOMO that reads: “At 0700, October 9, 05-09N, 119-18E course 220. Attacked by 4 torpedoes, 1 hit engine room and ----- flooded. Flooding out of control and sank (?) ” [2]

October 1943:
Towed to Tarakan, Borneo by salvage tug AKITSU MARU. The tug is then ordered to tow HAYATOMO from Tarakan to Balkipapan, but this order is cancelled and AKITSU MARU is sent to assist RAKUTO MARU. HAYATOMO undergoes emergency repairs.

30 December 1943:
Departs Tarakan. Damaged HAYATOMO is towed to Singapore by light cruiser KINU.

8 January 1944:
Arrives at Singapore under tow.

January-March 1944:
Undergoes repairs at Seletar’s No. 101 Repair Facility.

11 March 1944:
Repairs are discontinued. Departs Singapore under tow.

14 March 1944:
Arrives at the Combined Fleet's Lingga anchorage, S of Singapore. Captain Hasebe pays a courtesy call on Vice Admiral Ugaki Matome (40)(former CO of HYUGA), CO of BatDiv 1, Third Fleet. HAYATOMO is used for bulk oil storage for the fleet.

31 May 1944:
Departs Linga anchorage for Singapore towed by tug KURUSHIMA MARU

1 June 1944:
At Singapore.

12 July 1944:
Departs Singapore for Linga anchorage towed by tug KURUSHIMA MARU.

14 July 1944:
At Linga anchorage.

2 September 1944:
Captain Hasebe is assigned extra duty as CO of destroyer AMATSUKAZE.

1 October 1944:
Lingga anchorage. HAYATOMO is provisioned by stores ship KITAKAMI MARU.

E 1945:
At an unknown date, HAYATOMO is towed back to Singapore where she continues to be used as an oil storage vessel.

1 February 1945:
At Singapore navy port.

10 February 1945:
Captain Hasebe is relieved of duty as CO of AMATSUKAZE and returns to duty with HAYATOMO.

20 July 1945:
Captain Hasebe is appointed the CO of AITEN MARU as an additional duty.

15 August 1945:
Singapore. HAYATOMO’s crew is notified of the termination of the war. HAYATOMO remains in partially destroyed state. The Royal Navy continues using her as a floating bulk storage tank.

1946:
Singapore. Scuttled and later scrapped.

3 May 1947:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors’ Notes:
[1] Some sources claim LtCdr Marvin J. Jensen’s (USNA ’31) USS PUFFER (SS-268) torpedoed and damaged HAYATOMO on 9 Oct ‘43, but Alden and other sources claim USS PUFFER’s target that day was tanker KUMAGAWA MARU.

[2] HAYATOMO was probably beached. CNO analysts say that salvage operations occurred. In Dec 43, towing began and HAYATOMO arrived in Singapore about 9 Jan 44. She appeared operational [sic] in May 44.

Thanks for assistance with IJN officers go to Matthew Jones of Mississippi, USA. Thanks also go to John Whitman of VA for info on CNO intercepts, Gengoro Toda of Japan and to Gilbert Casse of France for his contribution to revisions.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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