(HINO MARU No. 5, prewar)
HINO MARU No. 5:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2013 Gilbert Casse, Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall
21 January 1940:
Kobe. Laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries K.K shipyard
for Hinomaru Kisen K.K. as a 2,725-ton cargo ship.
24 July 1940:
Launched and named HINO MARU No.5.
30 October 1940:
Completed and registered in Kobe.
16 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN. Starts conversion to her
military duty at Osaka Zosensho K. K. shipyard, Osaka.
1 December 1941:
Registered in the IJN as an auxiliary transport (Ko)
category and attached to the Maizuru Naval District, with Maizuru as home port, under
instruction No. 1573. .
Tactically assigned to Vice Admiral (later Admiral)
Tsukahara Nishizo’s (36) (former CO of carrier AKAGI) 11th Air Fleet, Supply
Unit also consisting of auxiliary aircraft transports KAMOGAWA, KEIYO and LYONS
MARUs, ammunition ship TATSUGAMI MARU and auxiliary transports AMAGISAN, NANA
and NIKKOKU MARUs.
16 December 1941:
The conversion is completed.
17 December 1941:
E 18 December 1941:
Arrives at Kure.
10 January 1942:
Departs Takao, Formosa (now Kaohsiung, Taiwan).
25 January 1942:
Provisioned with treatment goods by auxiliary
hospital ship ASAHI MARU for the forthcoming invasion of Ambon Island, Moluccas,
Netherlands East Indies.
29-31 January 1942: The Invasion of Ambon Island, Ceram Island. Moluccas,
Netherlands East Indies:
HINO MARU No. 5 departs Bangka anchorage, Celebes
(now Pulau Bangka, Sulawesi), with the Ambon invasion convoy also consisting of
auxiliary transports KIRISHIMA, YAMAGIRI and YAMAFUKU MARUs, auxiliary aircraft
transport KATSURAGI MARU, IJA transports AFRICA, YAMAURA, RYOYO and MIIKE MARUs
and IJA Air Defense ship ZENYO MARU carrying Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral)
Hatakeyama Koichiro's (39) (former CO of KINUGASA) Kure No. 1 Special Naval
Landing Force (SNLF), elements of the Sasebo SNLF and the 228th Infantry
Escort is provided by Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Tanaka (41)'s
DesRon 2’s light cruiser JINTSU, DesDiv 8’s ASASHIO, MICHISHIO, ARASHIO and
OSHIO, DesDiv 15’s HAYASHIO, KUROSHIO, OYASHIO and NATSUSHIO, DesDiv 16’s
TOKITSUKAZE, HATSUKAZE, AMATSUKAZE and YUKIKAZE, MineSweepDiv 11’s W-7, W-8,
W-9, W-11 and W-12, SubChasDiv 1’s CH-1 and CH-2, and Patrol Boat Squadron 1’s
PB-34. Seaplane tenders CHITOSE and MIZUHO arrive at Ceram and provide air cover
for the invasion convoy.
Landings by Kure No. 1 SNLF proceed during the night of Jan 30/31
at Hitu-Iama on the North coast and by IJA’s 228th Infantry Regiment on the
southern coast of Laitamor. The defenders are at a disadvantage to contest the
landings as only a few Dutch detachments are in the area. At Hitu-Iama on the
north coast, the defending infantry and machine-gun crews are quickly
overwhelmed and bridges on the road leading to Paso are left intact allowing the
Japanese to speedily advance south across the Hitu Peninsula.
Other landings occur around Hutumori, where the Japanese split westward
to the town, and northward to Paso. The Japanese compel captured Ambonese to act
as guides. The Japanese pass through a gap in the south at Batugong that falls
on Jan 31st.
3 February 1942:
Ambon is secured.
1 March 1942:
Tactically assigned to the Southwest Area Fleet, Supply
unit. Departs Ambon that same day.
2 March 1942:
Arrives off Deri, Celebes.
4 March 1942:
5 March 1942:
Arrives at Kupang, Timor.
11 March 1942:
17 March 1942:
Arrives at Davao, Mindanao.
28 March 1942:
10 April 1942:
Assigned to supply air bases.
13 April 1942:
Departs Kendari, Celebes.
16 April 1942:
Arrives at Kupang.
21 April 1942:
24 April 1942:
Arrives at Makassar, Celebes.
28 April 1942:
2 May 1942:
Arrives at Menado (now Manado), Celebes. That same day,
scheduled to be fitted with additional equipment and supplies and a stereoscopic
rangefinder under Navy’s secret instruction No. 5289.
6 May 1942:
9 May 1942:
Arrives at Makassar.
17 May 1942:
19 May 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya, Java.
23 May 1942:
Departs Surabaya and returns later that day.
28 May 1942:
8 July 1942:
Arrives at Mako, Pescadores. Departs later.
20 July 1942:
Kobe. Enters drydock for maintenance and repairs.
12 August 1942:
13 August 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.
15 August 1942:
16 August 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.
28 August 1942:
2 September 1942:
Arrives at Saipan, Marianas.
3 September 1942:
9 September 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul, New Britain.
11 September 1942:
13 September 1942:
Arrives at Shortlands, Bougainville, Solomons.
16 September 1942:
17 September 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul.
29 September 1942:
1 October 1942:
Tactically assigned to the Southeast Area, Supply Unit.
5 October 1942:
Arrives at Saipan.
7 October 1942:
14 October 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
19 October 1942:
23 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.
29 October 1942:
4 November 1942:
Arrives at Tinian, Marianas. Departs and arrives at Saipan later in the day.
7 November 1942:
13 November 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul. Departs later.
29 November 1942:
26 January 1943:
Arrives at Saipan.
24 February 1943:
Departs Ballale, Shortlands.
2 March 1943:
Arrives at Taroa, Marshalls. Departs later. From
05-50N, 167-15E auxiliary subchaser KYO MARU No. 6 undertakes escort.
11 March 1943:
Departs Kwajalein, Marshalls in an unnumbered convoy
also consisting of auxiliary transport (ex-ammunition) HIDE MARU escorted by
patrol boat SHONAN MARU No. 11.
E 13 March 1943:
Auxiliary patrol boat SHONAN MARU No. 11 is detached
and meets up with inbound auxiliary transport KAISHO MARU.
E 15 March 1943:
HINO MARU No. 5 is detached for Saipan. HIDE MARU proceeds alone.
17 March 1943:
Arrives at Saipan.
21 March 1943:
Departs Saipan for Guam. Subsequently, steams to Rabaul.
16 May 1943:
Departs Palau, Western Carolines in convoy P-516 also
consisting of auxiliary transports RAKUTO, KEISHO and SANSEI MARUs and IJA
transport TAIFUKU MARU escorted by minesweeper W 17.
25 May 1943:
Two small auxiliaries join the convoy
as additional escorts at 30-30N, 133-10E.
26 May 1943:
Arrives at Tokuyama.
Her current CO is IJN Captain Takeda Tetsuo (37).
5 June 1943:
6 June 1943:
Arrives at Kobe.
24 June 1943:
At 1700, departs Kobe.
26 June 1943:
Arrives at Tokuyama.
1 July 1943:
Departs Tokuyama and arrives at Kure later that day.
6 July 1943:
Departs Kure and arrives at Saeki, Kyushu later in the day.
8 July 1943:
Departs Saeki for Palau in convoy O-806 also consisting
of fleet stores ship ARASAKI, IJA transports ASO, EHIME, KAZAN and ZUISHO MARUs
escorted by patrol boat PB-46 and minesweeper W-18.
E 9 July 1943:
W-18 is detached at 29N.
16 July 1943:
At 1945, arrives at Palau. Departs after taking on bunkering fuel.
7 August 1943:
At 1100, departs Rabaul in an unnumbered convoy also
consisting of fleet stores ship ARASAKI, IJA shared (A/C-AK) NICHIYO MARU and
IJA transport SUMIYOSHI MARU escorted by subchasers CH-10 and CH-24.
9 August 1943:
Arrives at Shortlands. Departs later.
29 August 1943:
At 1600, joined by minesweeper W-26 and escorted to Buka, Bougainville.
30 August 1943: At 1300, arrives at Buka. Departs at 1600 still escorted
by W-26. 31 August 1943: At 1100, arrives at Rabaul. 7 September 1943:
1225, departs Rabaul in a convoy also consisting of IJA transport BUNZAN MARU
escorted by minesweeper W-28.
9 September 1943:
At 0716, arrives at Buin, Bougainville. Departs later.
23 September 1943:
E 25 September 1943:
Arrives at Kavieng, New Ireland. Loads 60 500-kg
bombs and 1,500-tons of ammunition. Departs later.
9 October 1943:
Departs Rabaul for Buin, Bougainville in an
unnumbered convoy also consisting of IJN shared (B/C-AK) TETSUYO MARU and IJA
transport YOSHINO MARU escorted by subchaser CH-38.
10 October 1943:
About 24 nautical miles W of Buka. HINO MARU No. 5
is bombed by USAAF Consolidated B-24 “Liberator” heavy bombers. The transport takes
three direct hits that set her deck cargo of bombs and ammunition afire. The
crew abandons ship and HINO MARU No. 5 sinks at 05-25S, 154-17E. Casualties are unknown.
11 October 1943:
The remainder of the convoy arrives at Buin.
1 December 1943:
Removed from the Navy’s list under instruction No.
 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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