(IJN HOKO, probably in 1942)

IJN Minelayer HOKO:

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2010 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Erich Muehlthaler.

7 November 1940:
Tamano. Laid down at Tama shipbuilding as a 720-ton HIRASHIMA-class minelayer.

15 August 1941:
Named HOKO and tentatively attached to the Mako Naval District, Pescadore Islands.

8 September 1941:

20 December 1941:
Completed. Attached to the Mako Defense Corps (Mako Bobitai), Pescadores.

1 January 1942:
Departs Mako. Conducts patrols.

21 February 1942:
Departs Mako escorting a convoy to Camranh Bay, Indochina.

24 February 1942:
Arrives at Camranh Bay.

26 February 1942:
Departs Camranh Bay.

29 February 1942:
Arrives at Mako.

1 March 1942:
While based at Mako escorts convoys and conducts anti-submarine sweeps.

10 June 1942:
HOKO and minelayer SOKUTEN depart Mako escorting convoy No. 221 consisting of HAKKAI MARU and four unidentified merchant ships.

15 June 1942:
Arrives at Mutsure.

21 July 1942:
Departs Mako with subchaser CH-9 escorting convoy No. 321 consisting of nine unidentified merchant ships.

28 July 1942:
Arrives at St Jacques, Indochina.

19 August 1942:
Departs Mako escorting convoy No.714 consisting of five unidentified merchant ships.

22 August 1942:
Arrives at Manila.

10 April 1943:
Departs Mako for Rabaul escorting an unidentified convoy.

28 August 1943:
Off Buka, Bougainville. HOKO is attacked by a USN PBY “Catalina” flying boat, but sustains no damage.

28 September 1943:
20 nms E of Buka. U. S. Army aircraft, possibly Thirteenth Air Force SB-24 "Liberator" heavy bombers, sink HOKO at 05-00S, 154-30E.

31 January 1944:
Removed from Navy List.

Author's Notes:
[1] No data were found for HOKO 's movements from Sep '42 to Mar '43. Readers with access to any such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or j-aircraft.org's IJN Ship Message Board

- Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Erich Muehlthaler.

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