Japanese Escorts

KAIBOKAN!

(Type C Escort by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

IJN Escort Inagi:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2006-2009 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall


15 May 1944:
Tamano. Laid down at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding’s yard.

25 September 1944:
Launched and named INAGI.

26 December 1944:
Completed and registered in the Kure Naval District. Attached to the Kure Guard Unit. Cdr Yamada Chuuta is the Commanding Officer.

26 January 1944:
Assigned to the General Escort Command’s First Escort Fleet.

31 January 1945:
INAGI departs Moji for Singapore with kaibokan CD-66 and CD-83 escorting convoy HI-95 consisting of Type 2TL tankers AMATO and FUJISAN MARUs.

1 February 1945:
At 0100, arrives at Reisui Harbor, South Korea. Departs at 0700 that day.

6 February 1945:
Anchors at Lao Man Shan. Departs later that day.

7 February 1945:
At 0800, arrives and anchors at Yalang Bay, Hainan Island.

8 February 1945:
At 1700, departs Yalang Bay.

9 February 1945:
At 1700, arrives at Quinhon Bay, Indochina.

10 February 1945:
At 0730, departs Quinhon Bay.

14 February 1945:
Arrives at Singapore.

22 February 1945:
INAGI departs Singapore for Moji with kaibokan CD-66 and CD-81 escorting convoy HI-96 consisting of AMATO, MITSUSHIMA and FUJISAN MARUs.

27 February 1945:
Off Camranh Bay, Indochina. At 0035, LtCdr William H. Hazzard’s USS BLENNY (SS-324) torpedoes and sinks tanker AMATO MARU at 11-56N, 109-18E.

28 February 1945:
Near Hainan Island. At 2025, a B-29 is spotted and air raid preparations are made by the convoy.

1 March 1945:
Hainan Strait. At 1430, an air attack by B-24 “Liberator” heavy bombers begins. On the third attack, at 1540, MITSUSHIMA MARU is damaged and forced to jettison 2,500 tons of crude. She is detached for repairs at Hong Kong escorted by CD-66. FUJISAN MARU escapes the attacks with only minor damage from near misses. She heads for Moji escorted by INAGI and CD-81. They stop at various anchorages up the Chinese coast.

10 March 1945:
Arrives at Shushan Island at 1000.

11 March 1945:
Departs Shushan Island at 1100.

13 March 1945:
At 1810, arrives at Moji.

15 March 1945:
Arrives at Kure. Undergoes repairs.

31 March 1945:
Off Hesaki. Six USAAF B-29 “Super Fortresses” mine the waters off Kure. INAGI hits one and is damaged.

April 1945:
Arrives at Kure. Undergoes repairs.

25 April 1945:
Reassigned to the General Escort Command's First Escort Fleet's 12th Escort Group.

28 April 1945:
At 0600, INAGI departs Moji for Shanghai with kaibokan OJIKA and CD-59 escorting convoy MOSHI-05 consisting of MIHO MARU. At 2000, that same day, the convoy arrives at Chinkai, South Korea.

29 April 1945:
At 0500, departs Chinkai.

30 April 1945:
At 1408, LtCdr Allen R. Faust’s USS TREPANG (SS-412) torpedoes and sinks MIHO MARU. The kaibokan counter-attack and drop 27 depth charges, but TREPANG escapes undamaged. The escorts head towards Shanghai.

2 May 1945:
LtCdr Russell Kefauver’s USS SPRINGER (SS-414) attacks the escorts and sinks kaibokan OJIKA.

25 June 1945:
Departs Maizuru.

26 July 1945:
Departs Ominato.

9 August 1945:
Onagawa Bay, NE Honshu. INAGI, kaibokan AMAKUSA, supply ship SOYA, minesweeper W-33, target ship OHAMA and subchaser CH-42 are at anchor when they are attacked by F-4U Mark IV "Corsair" fighter-bombers of Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Sir Bernard J. Rawlings, RN, Task Force 37’s (British Pacific Fleet) carrier HMS FORMIDABLE.

INAGI takes a direct bomb hit to her aft deck that wrecks the engine room. She takes on a steep list to starboard and sinks that evening. AMAKUSA and OHAMA are also sunk. Twenty-nine crewmen are KIA and 35 seriously wounded.

During the attack, Lt Robert H. Gray, RCNVR, lead pilot of FORMIDABLE’s 1841st Squadron flight of Corsairs, sinks his target, a "destroyer", but is brought down by heavy AA fire and crashes flames. Gray is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the fourth and last Commonwealth naval airman to be so honored.

Nagasaki. That same day, the CO of the 393rd Bomb Squadron of the 509th Composite Group, Major (later Brig Gen, ANG) Charles W. Sweeney, piloting a B-29 nicknamed "BOCKSCAR", drops "Fat Man", the second atomic bomb. Japan agrees to an end of hostilities within a week.

15 September 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

August - 30 November 1947:
Scrapped.


Authors' Note:
Thanks for assistance go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan. Thanks also go to Jeff Donahoo of Iowa for help in identifying kaibokan COs.

-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall


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