KYURYOKAN!

(IJN HAYASAKI in warime)

IJN KINEZAKI:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2014 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.
Revision 4


7 March 1940:
Osaka. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen’s Sakurajima shipyard as a refrigerated stores ship.

20 August 1940:
Designated NANSHIN.

27 June 1940:
Launched.

30 September 1940:
Completed and registered in the IJN as an auxiliary stores ship. Upon completion she was apparently designated as auxiliary stores ship No. 4006.

1 April 1942:
Renamed KINEZAKI.

11 February 1943:
Departs Yokosuka for Truk in convoy 3211A/3211B initially consisting also of KAIKO, YOWA, SHINYUBARI, HYUGA, EBON MARUs, EIKO MARU No. 2 GO and unknown SENYO MARU No. 2 GO escorted by destroyer SAWAKAZE.

21 February 1943:
Patrol boat SHONAN MARU No. 11 joins the convoy.

22 February 1943:
KINESAKI splits from the convoy and heads to Kwajalein.

6 May 1943:
At 0710 departs Brown Island.

12 May 1943:
At 1200 arrives at Kusiae Atoll.

13 May 1943:
At 1600 departs Kusiae Atoll.

19 May 1943:
At 0600 arrives at Kwajalein.

24 May 1943:
At 0330 departs Kwajalein.

29 June 1943:
At 1731 arrives at Kwajalein.

3 July 1943:
At 1040 arrives at Kwajalein.

7 July 1943:
At 0920 departs Kwajalein.

30 July 1943:
At 1600 departs Kwajalein.

4 December 1943:
Marshall Islands. Aircraft from Rear Admiral Charles A. Pownall's Task Force 50's USS LEXINGTON (CV-16) and light carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CVL-22) attack Kwajalein and Wotje Atolls. They damage KINEZAKI, light cruisers NAGARA and ISUZU, auxiliary FUJIKAWA MARU and transports EIKO and KENBU MARUs and MIKAGE MARU No. 18 and sink collier ASAKAZE MARU (19 crewmen KIA), cargo ship TATEYAMA MARU (5 crewmen KIA), auxiliary subchaser TAKUNAN MARU No. 7 (unknown losses) and guardboat MIKUNI MARU No. 5 (unknown losses).

1 April 1944:
At 1100, KINEZAKI departs Tokyo as part of convoy “Higashi-Matsu” No. 4. The ships and their destinations are: Truk: KINESAKI and SHOZUI, KEMBU (TATEBE), SHIMA, SHINYO and HAVRE MARUs, Saipan: SHOUN, TOKO, TAKASAN, AKIKAWA, KOKO, SHIRAMINE, TAIKAI, KAKOGAWA and MAKASSAR MARUs, Guam: MIMASAKA, TOAN, AZUCHISAN and NISSHU MARUs and UNYO MARU No. 8, Palau: Fleet supply ship TENRYUGAWA, TAIAN and TOSEI MARUs, and SHINSEI MARU No. 5 and MAMIYA, Yap: SHINSEI MARU.

Rear Admiral Kiyota Takahiko (42)(former CO of NACHI) in destroyer SAMIDARE is the convoy commander. The other escorts include old destroyer ASANAGI, torpedo-boat HIYODORI, kaibokan AMAKUSA, FUKUE, OKI, MIKURA, CD-2, CD-3 and subchaser CH-50.

3 April 1944:
5 miles S of Tori-Shima. At about 1457, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) Bafford E. Lewellen's (USNA ‘31) USS POLLACK torpedoes and sinks TOSEI MARU at 30-14N, 139-45E. Only one passenger is KIA. The escorts counter-attack USS POLLACK and drop 55 depth-charges, but without effect.

8 April 1944:
N of Saipan. At 0228 (JST), LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Frederick J. Harlfinger's (USNA ’37) USS TRIGGER (SS-237) fires four torpedoes at the convoy, but fails to get any hits. OKI and SAMIDARE counter-attack unsuccessfully.

9 April 1944:
62 miles WNW of Saipan. At 1625, LtCdr (later Captain) Slade D. Cutter's (USNA ‘35) USS SEAHORSE (SS-304) torpedoes and hits MIMASAKA MARU at 15-30N, 145-00E. MIMASAKA MARU is taken in tow by TOAN MARU. The escorts counter-attack USS SEAHORSE unsuccessfully.

10 April 1944:
At about 0100 (JST), MIMASAKA MARU founders. She is carrying over 1,000 Naval personnel, most of whom are rescued. 11 crewmen and seven sailors are KIA.

The convoy arrives at Saipan, then is split into separate groups that continue on to their respective destinations.

E 15 April 1944:
KINEZAKI arrives at Truk.

11 June 1944:
At 1800, KINEZAKI departs Saipan in unnumbered convoy consisting of KATORI, EDOGAWA and HAGIKAWA MARUs and NISSHO MARU No. 1 and tanker KYOEI MARU escorted by auxiliary subchaser CHa-67.

21 June 1944:
Arrives at Koniya. Provisions auxiliary oiler KYOEI MARU.

22 June 1944:
Arrives at Seai. Kyoei MARU is detached.

1 July 1944 :
At 1500, KINEZAKI departs Naha, Okinawa in convoy TAKA-604 consisting of TAISHIN, NICHIRIN, MATSUURA, DAIRIN, RYUUKYU, AMAKUSA and MIYAKO MARUs and NISSHO MARU No.1 escorted by subchaser CH-17, auxiliary subchaser CHa-67, auxiliary subchaser CHIKUTO MARU, auxiliary YUKO MARU, auxiliary minesweepers HIMESHIMA and HOEI MARUs and BANSHU MARU No. 51, torpedo boat MANAZURU and minelayer SARUSHIMA.

3 July 1944:
At 0300, departs Koniya, Amami Oshima. At 1322, Lt Cdr Charlton L. Murphy's (USNA ‘32) veteran USS STURGEON (SS-187) attacks the convoy. Murphy torpedoes and sinks DAIRIN MARU at 28-53N, 129-51E. 19 crewmen are KIA. The convoy shelters in Kasari Bay, Amami Oshima.

5 July 1944:
Arrives at Kagoshima.

8 September 1944:
KINEZAKI departs Keelung in convoy TAKA-808 consisting of KENJO, SHINTEN, NICHIAN, SHOKEI, BUSHU, NICHIMAN MARUs and DAIBOSHI MARU No. 6 and TOYO MARU No. 1 escorted by torpedo boat MANAZURU, auxiliary NITTO MARU, and auxiliary netlayer SHINTO MARU No. 2. At 2205, the convoy is attacked by LtCdr (later Cdr) Gordon W. Underwood's (USNA ’37) USS SPADEFISH (SS-411). Underwood torpedoes and sinks NICHIAN MARU at 24-45N, 123-20E. 51 crewmen are KIA. Underwood also torpedoes and sinks NICHIMAN MARU at 24-45N, 123-20E. 53 crewmen are KIA.

At 2320, USS SPADEFISH again attacks and Underwood torpedoes and sinks SHINTEN MARU with a full load of rice and canned goods. Eight crewmen and two gunners are KIA. Underwood also torpedoes and sinks SHOKEI MARU. Two crewmen are KIA.

E 14 September 1944 :
Arrives at Moji.

21 October 1944:
At 1200, KINEZAKI Departs Kagoshima for Naha, Okinawa in convoy KATA-916 consisting of CHOJUSAN, TOMITSU, EDOGAWA, BANSEI, TENSHO, AMAKUSA, SHINTON, SANKA, HAKKA, HAYAMA, TORAI, TAIKYU, SAKISHIMA, RYUKYU, KANKYO, SANJIN and AMOY MARUs, HAKUTETSU MARU No. 11 and fleet stores ship MUROTO escorted by torpedo boat MANAZURU, kaibokan CD-30, subchaser CH-49, minesweeper W-15, auxiliaries KIKU MARU No. 7, HIMESHIMA MARU and auxiliary minesweeper SHONAN MARU No. 16.

22 October 1944:
At 0730, LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Vernon L. Lowrance’s (USNA ‘30) USS SEA DOG (SS-401) torpedoes and sinks MUROTO at 29-18N, 129-44E. Lowrance also torpedoes and damages TOMITSU MARU. The convoy’s escorts and aircraft subject USS SEA DOG to a long and heavy counterattack in which 109 depth-charges are dropped, but Lowrance evades and USS SEA DOG escapes.

25 October 1944:
Arrives at Naha.

24 February 1945:
At 2330, KINEZAKI departs Kagoshima for Naha in convoy KATA-604 consisting of KINZAN, DAISHIN and DAIA MARUs and HOSHI MARU No. 11 (JUICHISEI MARU) escorted by torpedo boat TOMOZURU, auxiliary minesweeper SEKI MARU and an unidentified warship. Soon after departure, information is received that an American carrier task force is operating in nearby waters. The convoy returns to Sakurajima, Kagoshima Bay.

27 February 1945:
At 2330, the convoy again departs Kagoshima.

1 March 1945:
At 0700, convoy KATA-604 arrives at Kuji Bay, Amami-O-Shima, Ryukyus. At 0810, aircraft of Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Marc A. Mitscher's (USNA ‘10)(former CO of USS HORNET, CV-8) Task Force 58 attack the convoy. At 0815, DAIA MARU is strafed heavily and hit by a bomb in the stern that causes fires At 0825, HOSHI MARU No. 11 (JUICHISEI MARU) and torpedo boat TOMOZURU are strafed heavily. HOSHI MARU No. 11 is damaged by a near-miss of a bomb. At 0840, DAISHIN MARU carrying the 30th Sea Raiding Battalion (2 crewmen and 60 passengers KIA) and KINZAN MARU loaded with fuel (two gunners KIA), are hit by bombs and sink.

At about 1400, the convoy is attacked by 30 more aircraft. KINEZAKI is hit by a bomb. Her bow rises up until the ship is vertical, then she sinks at 28-10N, 129-05E.

At 1427, HOSHI MARU No. 11 (JUICHISEI MARU), carrying ammunition and 837 drums of oil and gasoline as well as 82 Army Maru-Re crash boats (of the 30th Sea Raiding Battalion) and 73 depth charges for them, is hit by several bombs. Set afire, she burns all day. Later that night, she explodes and sinks.

1 May 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors’ Notes:
[1] No data were found detailing KINEZAKI's movements during 1941 and 1942. Readers with access to such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or j-aircraft.org's IJN Ship Message Board

Thanks for assistance go to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

- Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.


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