(IJN NOZAKI (ex-NANKAI) in Mar '41)

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008-2017 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.
Revision 4

18 October 1939:
Shimonoseki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard.

22 July 1940:
Launched and named NANKAI.

18 March 1941:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

5 December 1941:
At 1120 NANKAI and tanker KUROSHIO MARU arrive at Sana (Samah), Hainan Island.

6 December 1941:
At 1050 departs Sana.

18 December 1941:
At 0820 departs Sana.

15 January 1942:
At 0145 arrives at Sana.

19 January 1942:
At 1300 arrives at Sana with small cargo ship WAKAMATSU MARU.

26 January 1942:
At 0115 arrives at Sana.

5 February 1942:
At 0430 arrives at Sana.

6 February 1942:
At 0100 departs Sana.

23 February 1942:
At 1640 arrives at Sana.

25 February 1942:
At 0900 departs Sana.

23 March 1942:
At 1500 arrives at Sana.

1 April 1942:
Renamed NOZAKI. Reserve Lt Sakano Masami is the Commanding Officer.

18 April 1942:
At 0800 departs Sana.

20 November 1942:
Reserve Lt (later LtCdr) Ishii Tomekichi is appointed Commanding Officer.

20 July 1943:
Reserve Lt (LtCdr, posthumously) Isomura Tomeo is appointed Commanding Officer.

19 November 1943:
NOZAKI is bombed, probably by B-25 "Mitchell" medium bombers of 14th Air Force off the Chinese coast, but sustains little damage.

12 June 1944:
At 0800 due to depart Sana (Samah) with Navy Storeship MUROTO and meet convoy YUSA-Rinji also consisting of CHEFOO and YURIN (ex HERLEIK) MARUs.

15 June 1944:
Due to arrive at Saigon.

21 June 1944:
At 1200 Navy storeships MUROTO and NOZAKI are both due to arrive at Sana.

3 December 1944:
At 1114 NOZAKI, together with KATSUURA MARU and FUSHIMI MARU No.2 are believed to depart St Jacques in convoy SASHI-35 escorted by submarine chasers CH-34 and CH-41.

7 December 1944:
At 0945 arrives at Singapore.

28 December 1944:
South China Sea, off Cape Varella, Indochina. Ex-supply ship NOZAKI is in a convoy from Hainan Island to Saigon with CHEFOO MARU escorted by subchaser CH-43 when the convoy is attacked by LtCdr Otis R. Cole’s (USNA ’36) USS DACE (SS-247). Cole torpedoes and sinks NOZAKI with heavy casualties 50 miles NE of Nha Trang. Lt Isomura is KIA. USS DACE also damages CHEFOO MARU at 12-36N, 109-38E. [2]

29 December 1944:
Off Camranh Bay, Indochina. Destroyers KAYA, SUGI and KASHI find and rescue 25 NOZAKI survivors.

31 March 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

Authors’ Notes:
[1] Very little data were found detailing NOZAKI 's movements. Readers with access to such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or's IJN Ship Message Board

[2] Destroyers KAYA, SUGI and KASHI rescued 25 survivors on 29 Dec ’44 off Camranh Bay.

Thanks go to Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance and to Matthew Jones of Missisippi, USA for help in identifying COs.

- Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.

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