(USS GENESEE AT-55 prewar)

IJN Patrol Boat No. 107:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2010 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Revision 2

10 September 1905:
Sparrow's Point, Maryland. Completed as civilian tug MONOCACY at the Maryland Steel Co.’s shipyard.

6 April 1917: America enters World War I:
The United States declares war on Germany partially because of the intercepted "Zimmerman Note" that promises Mexico it would regain part of the United States if it enters the war on Germany's side.

27 July 1917:
MONOCACY is purchased by the US Navy from the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Co., Philadelphia, PA.

25 September 1917:
Philadelphia Navy Yard. Placed in service.

10 November 1917:
Commissioned in the USN and renamed USS GENESEE (Fleet Tug No. 55). Lt C. H. Tissell, USNRF, is the Commanding Officer.

20 November 1917:
Departs Philadelphia. Joins a convoy at New London.

27 January 1918:
Arrives at Queenstown, Ireland.

January -November 1918:
Operates in the Bremerhaven-Queenstown areas. Patrols, tows and stands by for deep sea rescue work.

11 November 1918: World War I Ends:
At 1100, an armistice takes effect that ends the war.

December 1918:
Tows SS LUELLA from Queenstown to Brest.

31 December 1918:
Arrives at Ponta Delgada, Portugal. Serves as a tug at the port.

1 April 1919:
Departs Ponta Delgada for Brest, France. Provides tug services and aid to stricken ships.

30 September 1919:
Departs Brest for a 7-month tour of duty off Spalato, Dalmatia and Castella Bay in the Adriatic Sea.

17 July 1920:
Designated Fleet Tug (AT-55).

7 September 1920:
Arrives at Cavite, Manila, Luzon, for permanent duty on the Asiatic Station.

Summer 1921:
Chefoo, China, GENESEE serves with the U. S. Asiatic Fleet.

19 September 1921:
Arrives back at Cavite.

Assigned to the U. S. Asiatic Fleet. Operates as a tug, a ferry, and a target tow in the Philippines.

8 December 1941:America enters World War II:
GENESEE is at Cavite Naval Base, Manila.

5 May 1942:
Corregidor, Philippines. As Japanese forces make a successful assault on the fortress island, Chief Boatswain Eugene L. Boyd’s GENESEE is scuttled to avoid capture and use by the enemy.

Raised by the IJN's No. 103 Repair Facility at Cavite.

20 April 1944:
Registered in the IJN as PB-107. Attached to the Sasebo Naval District. Undergoes repairs by the No. 103 Repair Station.

29 June-7 July 1944:
Dry-docked at Kanakao. Type 1 Mod. 11 hydrophone and Type 93 Mod. 2 Mk. 1 sonar are fitted. Lt Yamada Tsunezo is appointed CO.

8 July 1944:
Arrives at Cavite.

13 to 18 July 1944:
Undergoes an additional refit. Two Type 96 25-mm twin AA mounts and an HA rangefinder are installed.

24 to 29 July 1944:
One Type 94 depth-charge thrower is installed.

10-31 August 1944:
One 3-inch/40 HA gun and an additional 25-mm twin AA mount are installed. During the engine trials, boilers Nos. 1 and 2 develop multiple leaks.

1-30 September 1944:
Depth-charge rails and a 45-cm Sperry type searchlight are installed. New boiler bricks are fitted and the funnel reduced in height. Water tubes in boilers Nos. 1 and 2 are replaced.

1-2 October 1944:
A radar detector is fitted.

13 October 1944:
Departs Cavite for one-day trials in Manila Bay.

15 October 1944:
Air raid on Manila. PB-107 is attacked by carrier planes, but receives no damage. Returns to Cavite.

28 October 1944:
At Cavite. PB-107 is officially accepted by the IJN and assigned to the Southwest Area Fleet's Third Southern Expeditionary Fleet.

29 October 1944:
At 0200, departs Cavite for Manila Bay but returns later that evening.

30 October 1944:
Departs Cavite with auxiliary minesweeper Wa-7 to escort the TA convoys and provide anti-submarine cover. Returns the next day.

31 October 1944:
At 2230, arrives back at Manila.

1 November 1944:
At 0200, departs Manila but returns at 1000. Departs 1215, and arrives at Cavite 1400 for more repairs by No. 104 Naval Construction and Repair Division.

4 November 1944:
At 0700, departs Cavite with auxiliary minesweeper Wa-7 to escort the TA convoys and provide anti-submarine cover.

5 November 1944:
Manila Bay. Between 0805 and 0905, PB-107 comes under attack by sixteen Grumman F6F "Hellcats" of Vice Admiral (later Admiral) John S. McCain’s Task Force 38. PB-107 is repeatedly strafed and near-missed; a fire breaks out amidships and aft, leaving the vessel dead in the water. One 3-inch/40 HA gun and two 25-mm twin mounts are knocked out as a result of combat damage. Lt Yamada and several sailors are wounded.

After the Hellcats leave the area, submarine chaser CH-53 arrives and provides PB-107 with electricity and water. By 1820, all fires are doused. After nightfall, PB-107 retires to Ambil Island for makeshift repairs.

6 November 1944:
By 0145, repairs are completed and PB-107 heads for Manila, relying on manual steering. Between 0751 and 0835, PB-107 is attacked by six Curtiss SB2C "Helldivers". As a result of bomb hits to the bridge and engine room, a fire breaks out again. PB-107 sinks at 14-23N, 120-25E. Lt Yamada and 34 hands are KIA and 51 men are wounded.

10 January 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.

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