ZATSUYOSEN!

(HINO MARU No. 2 prewar)

IJN HINO MARU No. 2:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2012-2016 Gilbert Casse, Bob Hackett and Peter Cundallt

Revision 1


16 May 1935:
Kobe. Laid down by Mitsubishi Jukogyo Zosensho K.K. shipyard for Shokuen Kaiso K.K. as a 998-ton cargo ship.

16 September 1935:
Launched and named HINO MARU No. 2.

14 December 1935:
Completed and registered in Kobe. Her Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) and Net Registered Tonnage (NRT) respectively are 998-tons and 530-tons. [1]

1939:
Her GRT and NRT are respectively changed to 1,002-tons and 534-tons. [1]

1940:
Her GRT and NRT are respectively changed to 997-tons and 530-tons. [1]

11 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

1 December 1941:
Registered in the IJN as an auxiliary netlayer attached to the Sasebo Naval District under Navy’s instruction No. 1571. Starts her conversion at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries K.K., Nagasaki Shipyard.

10 December 1941:
Assigned to Vice Admiral Yamamoto Koki’s (36) Mako Guard District, Base Defense Unit based at Mako, Pescadores, (now Makung, Penghu) under instruction No.1632.

25 December 1941:
The conversion is completed.

December 1941:
Arrives at Mako.

31 December 1941:
Assigned to Mako waters defense.

9 January 1942:
Departs Nagasaki.

10 January 1942:
Arrives at Mako.

15 January 1942:
Assigned to Mako Naval Base, Sea Defense Force under Mako Guard District instruction No. 7.

22 January 1942:
Departs Mako.

23 January 1942:
Arrives at Fangliao, Formosa (now Taiwan).

29 January 1942:
Departs Fangliao.

30 January 1942:
Arrives at Mako.

31 January 1942:
Departs Mako.

13 February 1942:
Arrives at Mako.

19 February 1942:
Departs Mako.

20 February 1942:
Arrives at Takao (now Kaohsiung), Formosa.

21 February 1942:
Departs Takao.

22 February 1942:
Arrives at Mako.

23 February 1942:
Lay a protective net.

10 March 1942:
Departs Mako.

11 March 1942:
Arrives at Kirun (now Keelung), Formosa.

12 March 1942:
Departs Kirun.

13 March 1942:
Arrives at Mako.

20 March 1942:
Released from Mako Sea Defense Force under instruction No. 23. Removed from the Mako Guard District under instruction No. 479. Removed from the Navy’s list under instruction No. 480 and registered again that day as an auxiliary gunboat attached to the Sasebo Naval District under instruction No. 481.

Assigned that same day to Vice Admiral Hosogaya Boshiro’s (36) Fifth Fleet in the 2nd Picket Boat Division under Navy’s instruction No. 19. Naval (Reserve) Captain Takada Matao is appointed CO.

21 March 1942:
Departs Mako.

25 March 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

28 March 1942:
Departs Sasebo.

2 April 1942:
At 0900 arrives at Yokosuka.

16 April 1942:
At 1000 departs Yokosuka.

20 April 1942:
At 0700 arrives at Kushiro, Hokkaido.

27 April 1942:
At 1100 departs Kushiro.

2 May 1942:
At 1305, takes over towing of auxiliary patrol craft NANSHIN MARU No. 18 from auxiliary gunboat ANSHU MARU.

8 May 1942:
At 1030 arrives at Yokosuka.

May 1942:
Assigned to forthcoming ‘AO’ (Aleutians) Operation – at Air Force base.

23 May 1942:
At 1130 departs Yokosuka.

31 May 1942:
At 1000 arrives at Paramushiro.

5 June 1942:
At 0800 departs Paramushiro.

10 June 1942:
At 1545 arrives at Kiska, Aleutians.

20 June 1942:
At 1300 departs Kiska.

21 June 1942:
At 1455 arrives at Agattu, Aleutians.

2 July 1942:
Departs Agattu.

5 July 1942:
At 1250 arrives at Paramushiro.

8 July 1942:
Departs Paramushiro.

13 July 1942:
At 0835 arrives at Kiska.

26 ~ 28 July 1942:
At 1600, departs Kiska escorted by minelayers UKISHIMA and ISHIZAKI. The three vessels lay a protective net in the vicinity of Kiska Harbor.

5 August 1942:
Auxiliary storeship HYUGA MARU on starboard and HINO MARU No. 2 on port both tow damaged auxiliary transport KANO MARU to anchorage. The damaged ship is intended to serve as an artificial harbor off the shoreline nearby for Daihatsu and Shohatsu landing craft.

15 August 1942:
At 1500 departs Kiska.

20 August 1942:
At 1730 arrives at Paramushiro.

21 August 1942:
At 0730 departs Paramushiro and at 1140 arrives at Shimushu, before departing at 1420.

28 August 1942:
At 1500 arrives at Yokosuka. Fitted with a new hydrophone.

2 September 1942:
At 0915 departs Yokosuka and at 1120 arrives at Yokohama.

8 October 1942:
Departs Yokosuka on patrol duties.

17 October 1942:
Departs patrol zone.

20 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

31 October 1942:
Departs Yokosuka on picket line patrol.

6 November 1942:
Assigned to monitors auxiliary patrol craft CHIYO MARU No. 2 under instruction No. 373. Meets up with CHIYO MARU No. 2 later that day.

11 November 1942:
At 0820 arrives at Yokosuka.

25 November 1942:
Transferred from the 2nd Picket Boat Division to Fifth Fleet, 22nd Squadron under instruction No. 193.

3 December 1942:
At 1300 departs Yokosuka.

20 December 1942:
At 1130 arrives at Yokosuka.

23 January 1943:
At 1415 departs Yokosuka.

26 January 1943:
At 1200 arrives on patrol zone.

1 February 1943:
Attachment is changed to Yokosuka Naval District under instruction No. 105. Assigned that same day to Fifth Fleet, 22nd Squadron, 2st Picket Boat Division under instruction No. 106.

2 February 1943:
At 1520, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAIHO MARU No. 2.

3 February 1943:
At 0345, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft ISUZU MARU No. 3. At 0750, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft NANSHIN MARU No. 33. At 1445, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft EBISU MARU No. 3.

11 February 1943:
Arrives at Tateyama Wan (Bay), Chiba Prefecture.

12 February 1943:
Departs Tateyama Wan and arrives at Yokosuka later that day, at 1200.

15 February 1943:
Loads canteen goods. Fitted with the same Soshin-Type 1 TM receiver-transmitter than auxiliary gunboat KOWA MARU.

16 February 1943:
Loads 25-tons of diesel fuel.

17 February 1943:
Loads 150-tons of fresh water.

18 February 1943:
Loads provisions and at 1338 departs Yokosuka with auxiliary gunboat ANSHU MARU.

21 February 1943:
At 1200 arrives on patrol zone.

2 March 1943:
At 1200, contacts and meets up with auxiliary gunboat UNYO MARU No. 1.

3 March 1943:
At 1000, patrols with auxiliary patrol craft KAINAN MARU No. 7. At 1200, departs patrol zone.

6 March 1943:
At 1245 arrives at Yokosuka.

8 ~ 15 March 1943:
Fitted with a searchlight platform, related ladder and handrail.

12 March 1943:
Undergoes hydrophone strut repairs.

15 March 1943:
Loads canteen goods.

16 March 1943:
Loads provisions.

17 March 1943:
Loads 15-tons of diesel fuel.

18 March 1943:
Loads 150-tons of fresh water.

20 March 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Yokohama later in the day, tethering at quay No. 3.

31 March 1943:
Departs Yokohama and arrives at Yokosuka later that day, tethering at quay No. 1.

1 April 1943:
Navy (Reserve) Captain Shibata Seizo is appointed CO.

6 April 1943:
Undergoes new coating with camo scheme.

8 April 1943:
At 0945, increases interval with IJA transport DAISHIN MARU also tethered at quay No. 1. At 1000, enters drydock No. 2.

9 April 1943:
Loads canteen goods.

10 April 1943:
Captain Shibata comes aboard.

13 April 1943:
Undocked at 0915. At 0930, tethers at quay No. 5, alongside to port of auxiliary patrol craft ARIAKE MARU.

14 April 1943:
At 0910, separates from ARIAKE MARU. At 1245, tethers to Nagaura buoy No. 15.

15 April 1943:
At 1300, Captain Takada disembarks. Loads ice.

16 April 1943:
Instructed to depart on ‘To’ picket line on the 150E line under telegram No. 91. At 0900, Captain comes aboard. Loads 234-tons of fresh water and departs Yokosuka at 1200.

19 April 1943:
At 0550, arrives on ‘To’ picket line. At 0845, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft FUKUKYU MARU No. 1. At 1240, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft HACHIRYU MARU No. 12 Go. At 1550, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KOMPIRA MARU No. 2 Go. At 1800, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft MATSUMORI MARU No. 3.

21 April 1943:
At 0915, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAINAN MARU No. 6. At 1220, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAINAN MARU No. 7. At 1455, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft MATSUMORI MARU No. 3.

22 April 1943:
At 0720, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft FUKUKYU MARU No. 1.

23 April 1943:
At 0445, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft MATSUMORI MARU No. 3. At 1035, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft SEIJU MARU No. 5. At 1410, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft FUKUKYU MARU No. 1. At 1810, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft NANSHIN MARU No. 26.

24 April 1943:
At 1110, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAIJIN MARU. At 1535, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft CHIYO MARU No. 3.

25 April 1943:
At 1510, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft SEIJU MARU No. 5. At 1710, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft HACHIRYU MARU No. 12 Go.

26 April 1943:
At 0800, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAIRYU MARU. At 1120, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAINAN MARU No. 6. At 1250, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAINAN MARU No. 7. At 1540, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft CHIYO MARU No. 3. At 1755, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KOMPIRA MARU No. 2 Go.

Ordered that same day to advance to ‘Yu’ picket line (152E Line) starting 27 Apr’ 1200 under telegram No. 94.

27 April 1943:
Ordered to advance to the 155E line starting 27 Apr’ 0800, under telegram No. 95. On assigned picket line at 0800.

28 April 1943:
Ordered after advancing to the 155E picket line to patrol freely, under telegram No. 96. On assigned picket line at 1600. Later that day, Ordered to advance to ‘Yu’ picket line (152E line) starting 30 Apr’ 0800, under telegram No. 97.

29 April 1943:
At 0400, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KOMPIRA MARU No. 2 Go. At 0635, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft CHIYO MARU No. 3. At 1105, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft HACHIRYU MARU No. 12 Go. At 1340, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft SEIJU MARU No. 5. At 1705, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAIHO MARU No. 2. At 1725, meets up with auxiliary gunboat ANSHU MARU and departs the picket line.

30 April 1943:
At 0355, comes alongside auxiliary patrol craft KAIJIN MARU to deliver a TM receiver transmitter. Advised by auxiliary patrol craft EBISU MARU No. 5, of presence of an enemy submarine in the area under telegram No. 300-720/2. At 0815, heads to EBISU MARU No. 5 engaged in ASW combat. Move to ‘Yu’ picket line is postponed under telegram No. 420/2. At 1450, EBISU MARU No. 5 reports damage. HINO MARU No. 2 searches for the damaged patrol craft. Later that day, patrol craft in the area are ordered to engage search for the missing patrol craft under instruction No. 98. [2]

1 May 1943:
At 0415, meets up with auxiliary merchant cruiser AKAGI MARU. At 0430, resumes search for EBISU MARU No. 5. At 1510, search is aborted.

2 May 1943:
At 0400, resumes search for EBISU MARU No. 5. At 0600, search is ended with no sign of the missing patrol craft.

4 May 1943:
At 1100, meets up with auxiliary merchant cruiser AKAGI MARU. At 1120, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft MYOJIN MARU No. 7.

7 May 1943:
At 1200 arrives at Yokosuka.

9 ~ 13 May 1943:
Undergoes repairs to three bridge window glasses.

10 May 1943:
Loads provisions.

11 May 1943:
Loads 50-tons of fresh water and canteen goods.

11 ~ 13 May 1943:
Repairs one damaged 6m cutter ship’s boat.

13 May 1943:
Loads 60-tons of diesel fuel.

14 May 1943:
Loads 150-tons of fresh water.

16 May 1943:
Loads 2-tons of ice.

17 May 1943:
Loads provisions. At 1500 departs Yokosuka.

20 May 1943:
At 1000 arrives off Kushiro.

21 May 1943:
At 0530, arrives in Kushiro harbour. At 0600, tethers to pier. At 1450, comes alongside the coal quay. At 1530, loads 15-tons of coal and 70-tons of boiler water. At 1550, loads 15-tons of diesel fuel.

22 May 1943:
At 0800, departs the coal quay for rotating anchor. At 0840, tethers to rotating anchor.

23 May 1943:
At 1315, loads ice. At 1820, loads 10-tons of fresh water.

24 May 1943:
Loads provisions and at 1500 departs Kushiro in convoy heading to Paramushiro-To, Kuriles.

25 May 1943:
Navigation in convoy is rendered impossible under dense fog conditions.

26 May 1943:
At 1500, meets up with auxiliary gunboat SHINKYO MARU.

29 May 1943:
At 0520 arrives at Paramushiro strait and goes to No. 11 anchorage point. Undergoes maintenance to hydrophones due to flooding in device.

1 June 1943:
Assigned to Paramushiro Strait South exit zone under Northern Patrol Force instruction No. 14.

3 ~ 4 June 1943:
Undergoes hydrophones trials.

5 June 1943:
At 0325, tethers to rotating anchor.

10 June 1943:
At 0500, comes alongside and loads 2-tons of fresh food from auxiliary storeship TENYO MARU No. 2 Go. At 1910, tethers to rotating anchor.

17 June 1943:
Flagship of auxiliary gunboats assigned to patrol Paramushiro Strait North exit is transferred from auxiliary gunboat SHINKYO MARU to HINO MARU No. 2.

18 June 1943:
At 1400, comes alongside auxiliary patrol boat SHINAGAWA MARU.

22 June 1943:
Comes alongside and loads 110-tons of fresh water from auxiliary gunboat KAMITSU MARU.

24 June 1943:
At 0550, tethers to Buoy No. 9 in Kashiwabara Wan, Paramushiro (now Severo-Kurilisk, Paramushir). Supplies fuel and fresh water to 3rd Picket Boat Division’s nine patrol craft. At 1615, supply operations are ended. Goes to No. 11 anchorage point.

25 June 1943:
At 1115, comes alongside and loads 53-tons of fresh water from auxiliary gunboat SHOKO MARU. At 1650, supply operations are ended. Goes to No. 11 anchorage point.

27 June 1943:
At 1510, auxiliary patrol craft SASAYAMA MARU No. 5 comes alongside HINO MARU No. 2 and loads 5-tons of diesel fuel. At 1605, supply is ended.

28 June 1943:
At 0840, auxiliary patrol craft NANSHIN MARU No. 38 comes alongside HINO MARU No. 2 and loads 5-tons of diesel fuel. At 1000, supply is ended.

29 June 1943:
Navy (Reserve) Captain Shibata Seizo is confirmed as CO.

2 July 1943:
At 0700, goes to Kataoka Wan, Shimushu-To (now Zaliv Kozyrevskogo, Ostrov Shumushu) and comes alongside auxiliary merchant cruiser ASAKA MARU. Loads supplies destined to the 12th Air Fleet. At 1800, loading is suspended. Separates from ASAKA MARU and returns to No. 11 anchorage point.

3 July 1943:
At 1545, goes to Kataoka Wan, comes alongside ASAKA MARU and loads supplies. At 1710, supply operations are completed. Separates from ASAKA MARU and returns to No. 11 anchorage point.

4 July 1943:
At 0815, auxiliary patrol craft YAKUSHI MARU No. 3 comes alongside HINO MARU No. 2 and loads 3-tons of fresh water and 3-tons of diesel fuel. At 0950, supply is ended.

5 July 1943:
At 0715, embarks two NCOs and 75 personnel of the 12th Air Fleet. Departs Kashiwabara Wan and arrives at Musashi Wan (now Zaliv’yeva), Paramushiro later that day.

6 July 1943:
At 0400, lands 12th Air Fleet supplies. At 0700, disembarks 12th Air Fleet personnel. At 1920, landing operations are completed.

7 July 1943:
At 0600, loads Ominato Naval Construction Unit’s equipment bound for Kataoka Wan. At 1350, loading is completed.

8 July 1943:
Departs Musashi Wan and arrives at Kataoka Wan later in the day. At 1440, begins to unload construction unit equipment. At 1720, loads 3-tons of fresh water from Kataoka Wan Base. At 1800, unloading is suspended.

9 July 1943:
At 0500, loads 90-tons of fresh water from Kataoka Wan Base. At 0830, begins to unload construction unit equipment. At 1325, unloading is completed. At 1440, fresh water supply is suspended.

10 July 1943:
At 0505, resumes fresh water supply and loads 10-tons from Kataoka Wan Base. At 0550, fresh water supply is completed. Later that day, assigned by the anchorage commander to patrol the northern exit to 2,200m NE of Arima Saitama, replacing in this task auxiliary gunboat ANSHU MARU.

13 July 1943:
At 0715, comes alongside and supplies 144-tons of fresh water to auxiliary armed merchant cruiser AKAGI MARU. At 1810, water supply is completed. Returns to anchorage at 1830.

14 July 1943:
At 0740, comes alongside and supplies 162-tons of fresh water to auxiliary seaplane carrier KIMIKAWA MARU. At 1530, water supply is completed. Returns to anchorage.

15 July 1943:
At 0630, comes alongside and supplies 77-tons of fresh water to auxiliary armed merchant cruiser AKAGI MARU. At 0930, water supply is completed. Returns to anchorage at 1350.

18 July 1943:
At 0825, shifts to anchorage point No. 11. At 0910, operation is completed.

20 July 1943:
Departs Kataoka Wan.

26 July 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

28 July 1943:
Loads 150-tons of fresh water.

29 July ~ 10 August 1943:
Undergoes repairs to one DC rack.

30 July 1943:
Loads canteen goods.

1 ~ 3 August 1943:
Undergoes outer hull maintenance.

1 ~ 10 August 1943:
Undergoes work on Tsushita-shiki Type K hydrophones including waterproof of connection housing and instrument repairs.

5 ~ 10 August 1943:
Undergoes repairs on Type 94 DC thrower.

6 August 1943:
Loads provisions.

7 August 1943:
Undergoes hull coating.

9 August 1943:
Undergoes hull additional coating.

10 August 1943:
Undergoes general maintenance.

12 August 1943:
Loads ice and 150-tons of fresh water.

13 August 1943:
Departs Yokosuka on patrol duties.

18 August 1943:
At 1720, arrives on ‘V’ picket line.

19 August 1943:
At 0640, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft HACHIRYU MARU No. 12 Go. At 0740, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAISEI MARU. At 1315, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft ASAHI MARU No. 2. At 1600, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KOJO MARU.

20 August 1943:
At 0735, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft EBISU MARU No. 3. At 0915, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft MATSUMORI MARU No. 3. At 1150, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft TENJIN MARU No. 2 Go. At 1420, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KOJO MARU.

21 August 1943:
At 0345, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft HACHIRYU MARU No. 12 Go. Later, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAISEI MARU. Later, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft ASAHI MARU No. 2. At 1200, starts heading to ‘Y’ picket line.

22 August 1943:
At 1740, arrives at ‘Y’ picket line.

23 August 1943:
At 0445, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft EBISU MARU No. 3. At 0537, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft MATSUMORI MARU No. 3. At 1200, starts heading to ‘X’ picket line.

24 August 1943:
At 0525, meets up with auxiliary patrol craft KAINAN MARU No. 6. At 0815, begins movement to ‘X’ picket line, 10 points.

29 August 1943:
At 1200, departs patrol zone.

3 September 1943:
Arrives at Yokohama.

28 September 1943:
Scheduled to undergo conversion to a new role under Navy’s instruction No. 4917.

30 September 1943:
At 0805, flag is transferred to auxiliary gunboat KAMITSU MARU.

1 October 1943:
Removed from the Navy’s list under instruction No. 2038 and registered again as an auxiliary transport, (Otsu) category attached to the Yokosuka Naval District with Yokosuka as home port under instruction No. 2041. Navy Captain Nawa Gisaburo is appointed Supervisor. [3]

Begins her conversion at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries K.K., Yokohama shipyard.

12 November 1943:
The conversion is completed.

14 November 1943:
Departs Yokohama and arrives at Yokosuka later that same day.

17 November 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

21 November 1943:
Arrives at Yawata, Fukuoka Prefecture.

23 November 1943:
Departs Yawata.

26 November 1943:
Arrives at Chinkai, Chosen (now Jinhae, South Korea).

28 November 1943:
Departs Chinkai.

29 November 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

2 December 1943:
Departs Kure and arrives at Osaka later that day.

4 December 1943:
Departs Osaka.

5 December 1943:
Arrives at Tsutsu Wan (Bay) Nagasaki Prefecture.

6 December 1943:
Departs Tsutsu Wan and arrives at Chinkai later that same day.

7 December 1943:
Departs Chinkai and arrives at Masan (now Changwon City, South Korea) later that day.

8 December 1943:
Departs Masan.

10 December 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

12 December 1943:
Navy Captain Nagatsuka Tatsugoro is appointed supervisor. Departs Kure.

13 December 1943:
Arrives at Osaka.

14 December 1943:
Departs Osaka and arrives at Kobe later in the day.

15 December 1943:
Departs Kobe and arrives at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

16 December 1943:
Departs Shimonoseki.

17 December 1943:
Arrives at Chinkai.

18 December 1943:
Departs Chinkai and arrives at Masan later that same day.

19 December 1943:
Departs Masan.

22 December 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

26 December 1943:
Departs Kure.

27 December 1943:
Arrives at Tsukumi, Oita Prefecture.

28 December 1943:
Departs Tsukumi.

29 December 1943:
Arrives at Kobe.

30 December 1943:
Departs Kobe.

1 January 1944:
Arrives at Yokohama.

3 January 1944:
Enters Nihonkokan K.K. Asano shipyard drydock.

30 January 1944:
Undocked.

1 February 1944:
Departs Yokohama and arrives at Yokosuka later in the day.

6 February 1944:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Yokohama later that day.

9 February 1944:
Departs Yokohama.

10 February 1944:
Arrives at Tateyama.

11 February 1944:
Departs Tateyama.

15 February 1944:
Arrives at Chichi-Jima, Ogasawara Gunto (Bonins).

29 February 1944:
Departs Chichi-Jima.

1 March 1944:
At 1114, arrives at Iwo Jima, Ogasawara Gunto escorted by auxiliary minesweeper TOSHI MARU No. 5.

8 March 1944:
Departs Iwo Jima.

11 March 1944:
Arrives at Saipan, Marianas.

16 March 1944:
Departs Saipan.

21 March 1944:
Arrives at Truk, Central Carolines.

24 March 1944:
Departs Truk.

25 March 1944:
Arrives at Mortlock, Central Carolines.

29 March 1944:
Departs Mortlock.

30 March 1944:
Arrives at Truk. Departs later.

April 1944:
Arrives at Chichi-Jima.

18 April 1944:
At 1530, departs Chichi Jima escorted by auxiliary minesweeper KEINAN MARU.

19 April 1944:
At 1600 arrives at Iwo Jima. Departs later.

April 1944:
Arrives at Truk.

30 April 1944:
TF 58 air strikes against Japanese installations in the Carolines continue. Truk Naval Base is attacked again and HINO MARU No. 2 is hit by one bomb and heavily damaged by USS CABOT (CVL-28) aircraft.

4 May 1944:
Due to increased flooding resulting from previous bomb damage, HINO MARU No. 2 sinks W of Truk anchorage at 07-18N, 151-53E. Casualties are unknown.

18 July 1944:
Removed from the Navy’s list under instruction No. 880.


Authors, Notes :
[1] NRT is a ship's cargo volume capacity expressed in "register tons", one of which equals to a volume of 100 cubic feet (2.83 m3). It is calculated by subtracting non-revenue-earning spaces i.e. spaces not available for carrying cargo, for example engine rooms, fuel tanks and crew quarters, from the ship's gross register tonnage (GRT). Net register tonnage (NRT) is not a measure of the weight of the ship or its cargo, and should not be confused with terms such as deadweight tonnage or displacement.

[2] EBISU MARU No. 5 was first hit by LtCdr William N. Wylie (USNA’30) USS SCORPION (SS-278) 76mm deck gun. She returns fire and hit the submarine, killing LtCdr R.M. Raymond. The auxiliary patrol craft was thereafter hit by one torpedo and blew up, sinking with the loss of all hands (24 crewmen).

[3] There were two categories of Zatsuyosen. (Ko) category with an IJN Captain as supervisor aboard and (Otsu) category without.

Thanks go to Gengoro S. Toda of Japan.

Gilbert Casse, Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


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