SHOKAITEI!

(MOMI-class)

IJN Patrol Boat No. 34:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2016 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Revision 6


3 May 1920:
Tokyo. Laid down at Ishikawajima Shipbuilding’s yard as a MOMI-class destroyer.

21 February 1921:
Launched and named SUSUKI.

5 May 1921:
Completed.

1 June 1921:
Assigned to DesDiv 15.

15 November 1921:
LtCdr (later Capt) Nishikawa Hayami (34) is appointed the CO.

1 December 1922:
LtCdr (later Capt) Kuga Tokuichi (36) is appointed the CO.

10 July 1924:
LtCdr (later Capt) Nagao Sosuke (36) is the CO.

1 December 1924:
LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Hirose Sueto (39) assumes command.

20 June 1927:
An unknown officer assumes command.

15 November 1927:
LtCdr (Vice Admiral, posthumously) Takahashi Ichimatsu (40) assumes command.

10 December 1928:
LtCdr (Vice Admiral, posthumously) Nakagawa Ko (42) assumes command.

3 October 1929:
Lt (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Murakami Chonosuke (44) assumes command.

30 November 1929:
Lt Murakami is promoted LtCdr.

2 November 1931:
An unknown officer assumes command.

21 January 1932:
DesDiv 15 departs Kure in company of light cruiser OI and others to patrol off Shanghai.

24 January 1932:
Arrives at Shanghai. Commences patrols on lower Yangtze River.

1 April 1940:
Reclassified as a patrol boat and renumbered 34.

January-December 1940:
Kure Navy Yard. One of three Kampon boilers is removed reducing speed to 18 knots. Additionally, her torpedo tubes, aft 4.7-inch/45 cal main gun and minesweeping gear are removed. 25mm AA guns and depth charge racks and throwers are fitted for 60 DCs. Extra ballast is added to compensate for the loss of topside weight and to increase stability. The changes increase her displacement to 935-tons.

20 November 1940:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayer KUROSAKI depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

26 November 1940:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROSAKI, SHIRAKAMI and Tug No. 3 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and the Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

28 November 1940:
Returns to Ominato.

7 December 1940:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI, SHIRAKAMI and Tugs No.1, No. 2 and No. 3 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

27 January 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI, SHIRAKAMI and auxiliary patrol boats BUNZAN and MIZUKAMI MARUs depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

31 January 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

5 February 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI, SHIRAKAMI, Tug No. 1 and auxiliary patrol boat MIZUKAMI MARU depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

7 February 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

9 February 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI, SHIRAKAMI and auxiliary patrol boats BUNZAN and MIZUKAMI MARUs depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

12 February 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI and SHIRAKAMI depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

15 February 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

18 February 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI and ASHIZAKI and Tug No. 2 and Tug No. 3 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

19 February 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

21 February 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI and ASHIZAKI and Tug No. 2 and Tug No. 3 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

22 February 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

27 February 1941:
PB-34 and minelayers SHIRAKAMI and ASHIZAKI and Tug No. 2 and Tug No. 3 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

28 February 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

3 March 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers SHIRAKAMI, KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI and Tug No. 2 and Tug No. 3 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

5 March 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

10 March 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers SHIRAKAMI, KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI and Tug No. 1 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

15 March 1941:
Returns to Ominato.

28 March 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayer KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI, SHIRAKAMI, Tug No. 1 and auxiliary patrol boats BUNZAN and MIZUKAMI MARUs depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a Naval exercises.

3 April 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

15 April 1941:
PB-34 and minelayer ASHIZAKI depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

18 April 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

29 April 1941:
Departs Ominato and arrives later that day at Aomoei.

1 May 1941:
Departs aomori and arrives later that day at Ominato.

5 June 1941:
PB-34 and minelayers SHIRAKAMI, ASHIZAKI and auxiliary patrol boats CHOYO MARU and CHOYO MARU No. 2 depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan and Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

7 June 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

10 June 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI and SHIRAKAMI, Tug No. 3 and auxiliary patrol boat BUNZAN MARU depart Ominato for Tsugaru Straits on a Naval exercise.

13 June 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

17 June 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers KUROZAKI, ASHIZAKI and SHIRAKAMI and auxiliary patrol boat MIZUKAMI MARU depart Ominato for Moura area on training exercises.

23 June 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

26 June 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers ASHIZAKI and SHIRAKAMI depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a Naval exercise.

1 July 1941:
Assigned to the Kure Naval District. Attached to the Saeki Guard Unit of the Yokosuka Naval District.

12 July 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers ASHIZAKI and KUROZAKI and auxiliary patrol boats BUNZAN and MIZUKAMI MARUs depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

14 July 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers ASHIZAKI, KUROZAKI and SHIRAKAMI and auxiliary patrol boats BUNZAN and MIZUKAMI MARUs depart Ominato for Mutsu Wan on a training exercise.

15 July 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

21 July 1941:
PB-34, PB-35 and minelayers ASHIZAKI, KUROZAKI and SHIRAKAMI adepart Ominato for Tsugaru Straits on a training exercise.

26 July 1941:
The ships return to Ominato.

1941:
PB-34 undergoes reconstruction. Her aft funnel is removed and the stem is cut down to form a ramp. She is fitted to carry and launch a 46-ft Daihatsu landing craft. Her forward interior spaces are modified to accommodate up to 150 troops. The number of DCs carried is reduced to 18. Her 25mm AA suite is increased.

28 October 1941:
Departs Ominato for a training exercise in Mutsu Wan.

20 November 1941:
Assigned to Captain Nishikawa Hayami's (34) Patrol Boat Squadron 1.

8 December 1941:
PB-34 is in Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo’s (35)(former CO of YAMASHIRO) Third Fleet assigned to Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Irifune Naosaburo’s (39)(former CO of MIKUMA) Special Base Force 32 in Captain Nishikawa’s Patrol Boat Squadron 1 with PB-1, PB-2, PB-32, PB-33, PB-35, PB-36, PB-37, PB-38 and PB-39.

12 December 1941:
At 0400, a submarine is detected near the Legaspi landing force. At 0600, patrolboats PB-34 and PB-35 arrive at Legaspi. AOTAKA and PB-34 are briefly detached for a depth-charge attack.

18 December 1941:
At 1600 PB-34 and PB-35 depart Legaspi and arrive in Albay Gulf.

9 January 1942: Operation "H" - The Invasion of Celebes, Netherlands East Indies:
PB-34, PB-1 and PB-2 depart Davao, Philippines with Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Kubo Kyuji's (38) 1st Base Force’s invasion convoy of eight transports carrying Captain (later Vice Admiral) Mori Kunizo's (40)(former CO of SATA) Sasebo No. 1 Combined Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) escorted by light cruiser NAGARA, MineSweepDiv 21's W-11, W-7, W-8, W-9 and W-12 and SubChasDiv 1's CH-1, CH-2, CH-3.

11 January 1942:
PB-39 arrives at Bangka Roads, Celebes with Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Fujita Ruitaro’s (38) No. 2 Air Force’s 11th Seaplane Division seaplane tenders CHITOSE and MIZUHO that provide air cover for Kubo's invasion convoy . At 0300, Kubo’s 1st Base Force lands at Kema and at 0400 lands at Menado, Celebes.

21 January 1942:
Departs Bankga for Kendari.

24 January 1942: The Invasion of Kendari, Celebes:
PB-34 and PB-39 arrive at Sarabanka Bay with CHITOSE and MIZUHO and provide air cover for Rear Admiral Kubo’s Kendari Invasion Force consisting of six troop transports carrying Captain Mori’s Sasebo Combined SNLF escorted by MineSweepDiv 21’s W-8, W-12, W-7, W-9 and W-11, DesRon 10’s light cruiser NAGARA, DesDiv 15’s HAYASHIO, KUROSHIO, OYASHIO and NATSUSHIO, DesDiv 16’s TOKITSUKAZE, HATSUKAZE, AMATSUKAZE and YUKIKAZE and SubChasDiv 1’s CH-1 and CH-2.

29 January 1942:
Departs Sarabanka Bay for Ceram.

31 January 1942: The Invasion of Ambon Island, Netherlands East Indies:
PB-34 and PB-39 arrive at Ceram with CHITOSE and MIZUHO and provide distant support for ten transports carrying 820 men of Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Hatakeyama Koichiro's (39)(former CO of KINUGASA) Kure No. 1 SNLF, elements of the Sasebo SNLF and the 228th Infantry Regiment.

The invasion convoy is escorted by Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Tanaka Raizo’s (39)(former CO of KONGO) light cruiser JINTSU with DesDiv 8's ASASHIO, OSHIO, ARASHIO and MICHISHIO, DesDiv 15's HAYASHIO, KUROSHIO, NATSUSHIO and OYASHIO and DesDiv 16's AMATSUKAZE, HATSUKAZE and TOKITSUKAZE, Minesweeper Div 21's W-7, W-8, W-9, W-11 and W-12 and Subchaser Div 1's CH-1, CH-2 and CH-3. CruDiv 5's NACHI and HAGURO, DesDiv 6's IKAZUCHI and DesDiv 7's USHIO and SAZANAMI provide the covering force.

4 February 1942:
The occupation of Ambon is completed.

5-10 February 1942: The Invasion of Makassar, Celebes:
PB-34 is with Rear Admiral Kubo’s 1st Base Force with PB-1 and PB-2, light cruiser NAGARA, MineSweepDiv 21, SubchasDiv 2 and SubChasDiv 1’s CH-1, CH-2 and CH-3 escorting the Makassar invasion force of six transports carrying Captain Mori's Sasebo Combined SNLF.

18 February 1942:
PB-34 departs Ambon for Dili, Portugese Timor with PB-1 and PB-2 and five troop transports escorted by MineSweepDiv 21's W-7 and W-8, DesDiv 24's KAWAKAZE and YAMAKAZE and a subchaser. CruDiv 5's HAGURO and MYOKO, DesDiv 6's INAZUMA and IKAZUCHI and DesDiv 7's AKEBONO provide distant cover. Air cover is provided by seaplane carrier MIZUHO.

20 February 1942:
Portugese Timor is invaded.

25 February 1942:
Participates in the occupation of Surabaya, Java.

18 March 1942:
PB-34 and PB-36 are assigned to the Guard Force of Christmas Island Seizure Force with light cruiser NAKA, DesDiv 9's MINEGUMO and NATSUGUMO and transports KIMISHIMA and KUMAGAWA MARUs.

24 March 1942:
Arrives at Macassar, with PB-36.

25 March 1942:
At 0700 PB-34 departs Macassar for Bantam Bay escorting tanker SAN CLEMENTE MARU.

28 March 1942:
At 1030 arrives at Bantam Bay.

29 March 1942: Operation "X" - The Invasion of Christmas Island:
PB-34 and PB-36 depart Bantam Bay, Java with the Second Southern Expeditionary Fleet's Occupation Force under ComDesRon 4 Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Nishimura Shoji (39). The Occupation Force consists of flagship NAKA, CruDiv 16's light cruisers NAGARA and NATORI, DesDiv 9's MINEGUMO and NATSUGUMO, DesDiv 16's AMATSUKAZE and HATSUKAZE, DesDiv 22's SATSUKI, MINAZUKI, FUMITSUKI and NAGATSUKI, oiler AKEBONO MARU and transports KIMISHIMA and KUMAGAWA MARUs carrying about 850 men of the 21st, 24th Special Base Forces and the 102nd Construction Unit.

31 March 1942:
At 0945, Nishimura lands men of the 21st, 24th Special Base Forces and 102nd Construction Unit and occupies the island. The small British-Indian garrison surrenders at once. The phosphate-rich island is too small on which to build a port or an airstrip.

1 April 1942:
Off Christmas Island. NAKA is torpedoed and damaged extensively by LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Frederick B. Warder’s (USNA ’25) USS SEAWOLF (SS-197).

PB-34 departs Christmas Island escorting oiler AKEBONO MARU.

10 April 1942:
Singapore. Arrives at Seletar naval base.

1 May 1942:
Assigned to Patrol Boat Division 1.

15 May 1942:
At 0500, PB-34 and PB-35 depart Kure for Guam escorting transports ARGENTINA, BRAZIL and KIYOSUMI MARUs.

18 May 1942:
Arrives at Guam, then departs for Saipan.

20 May 1942:
At 1425, arrives at Saipan.

28 May 1942:Operation "MI" - The Battle of Midway:
PB-34, PB-1 and PB-2 depart Saipan in Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Kondo Nobutake's (35)(former CO of KONGO) Midway Invasion Force's Transport Group with oiler AKEBONO MARU, transports ZENYO, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, AZUMA, KIYOSUMI, KEIYO, GOSHU, KANO, HOKURIKU, KIRISHIMA and NANKAI MARUs and TOA MARU No. 2. The transports carry an airfield construction unit, LtCol Ichiki Kiyonao's IJA detachment and two battalions of Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF).

Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Tanaka Raizo's (41)(former CO of KONGO) DesRon 2's light cruiser JINTSU and DesDiv 15's KUROSHIO and OYASHIO, DesDiv 16's AMATSUKAZE, HATSUKAZE, TOKITSUKAZE and YUKIKAZE and DesDiv 18's KAGERO provide the escort with destroyer-transports SHIRANUHI, KASUMI and ARARE. Air cover is provided by Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Fujita Ruitaro's (38)(former CO of FUSO) seaplane tenders CHITOSE and KAMIKAWA MARU.

3 June 1942:
The convoy is bombed by nine Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses". Later, the convoy is also attacked by three torpedo-carrying Consolidated PBY "Catalina" amphibious patrol planes. Oiler AKEBONO MARU is hit in the bow and KIYOSUMI MARU is strafed.

5 June 1942:
At 0255, the Combined Fleet's Commander-in-Chief Admiral (Fleet Admiral, posthumously) Yamamoto Isoroku (32)(former CO of AKAGI), aboard his flagship YAMATO, orders Operation MI cancelled.

16 June 1942:
The Transport Group arrives at Guam and disembarks LtCol Ichiki 's detachment. Departs that same day.

14 July 1942:
At 0800, PB-34 arrives at Saeki with auxiliary cruisers SAIGON and BANGKOK MARUs and patrol boats PB-46 and PB-35.

7 August 1942: American Operation "Watchtower" - The Invasion of Guadalcanal, British Solomons:
Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Richmond K. Turner's (USNA ’08) (former CO of USS ASTORIA, CA-34), Amphibious Task Force 62, covered by Vice Admiral (MOH/later Admiral) Frank J. Fletcher's (USNA ’06) (former CO of USS VERMONT, BB-20) Task Force 61 and Rear Admiral (Admiral posthumously) John S. McCain's (USNA ’06) (former CO of USS RANGER, CV-4) Task Force 63's land-based aircraft, lands MajGen (later General/MOH/Commandant) Alexander A. Vandegrift's 1st Marine Division on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo and Guadalcanal opening the campaign to retake the islands.

That same day PB-34 and PB-35 depart Kure for Moji and then Truk.

8 August 1942:
At 0400 PB-34 and PB-35 depart Moji escorting fast Army transports ASAKASAN and SADO MARU.

13 August 1942:
The convoy arrives at Palau and takes on soldiers from the Kawaguchi Detachment destined for Guadalcanal. Meanwhile PB-34 and PB-35 apparently detach and sail on to Truk.

16 August 1942:
Truk. At 0500, DesDiv 4's ARASHI and HAGIKAZE, DesDiv 15's KAGERO and DesDiv 17's HAMAKAZE, TANIKAZE and URAKAZE depart Truk for Guadalcanal as the first echelon of a reinforcement convoy carrying 917 men of LtCol Ichiki Kiyonao's 28th Infantry Regiment.

PB-34 and PB-35 depart Truk with light cruiser JINTSU escorting the second echelon of the reinforcement convoy consisting of BOSTON and DAIFUKU MARUs carrying 1,100 men of Ichiki's Regiment. Rear Admiral Tanaka in JINTSU is in command of the convoy. The third echelon follows consisting of armed merchant cruiser KINRYU MARU carrying about 1,000 troops of the Yokosuka No. 5 SNLF escorted by PB-1 and PB-2.

18 August 1942:
About noon, DesDiv 24's KAWAKAZE, SUZUKAZE and UMIKAZE join the second and third echelons still enroute to Guadalcanal.

19 August 1942:
Cape Taivu, E of Lunga Point, Guadalcanal. At 0100, the first echelon lands LtCol Ichiki's troops.

20 August 1942:
At midnight, Ichiki's troops storm Guadalcanal's "Henderson Field" to retake the airfield, but almost all of Ichiki's men are cut down by U. S. Marines. Ichiki commits suicide.

21 August 1942:
That evening, Tanaka receives a signal from Headquarters, Eighth Fleet that Vice Admiral Kondo's Second Fleet and Vice Admiral Nagumo's Third Fleet will support Tanaka's reinforcement convoy consisting of the second and third echelons.

24 August 1942: The Battle of the Eastern Solomons.
At 1230, Tanaka's force sights light carrier RYUJO, covered by CruDiv 8's TONE and DesDiv 16's AMATSUKAZE and TOKITSUKAZE. Later, RYUJO launches two strikes against Henderson Field. At 1357, RYUJO is attacked by aircraft from Vice Admiral Fletcher's Task Force 61's USS SARATOGA (CV-3). RYUJO is hit by four bombs and a torpedo hit that floods her starboard engine room. At 1800, RYUJO capsizes and sinks.

CarDiv 1's SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU launch aircraft that find and damage USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6). That evening, aircraft from USS SARATOGA damage seaplane carrier CHITOSE. The same night, DesDiv 15's KAGERO, DesDiv 17's ISOKAZE, DesDiv 24's KAWAKAZE and DesDiv 30's MUTSUKI and YAYOI shell Henderson Field, then race northward to join Tanaka's convoy.

25 August 1942:
150 miles N of Guadalcanal. At 0600, six USMC Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive-bombers attack the convoy. KINRYU MARU is hit and begins to sink. Her embarked troops are evacuated by DesDiv 30's MUTSUKI and YAYOI and PB-1 and PB-2.

BOSTON MARU is damaged by a near-miss by the SBDs. A bomb hits JINTSU's forecastle and starts fires causing her forward magazines to be flooded. Rear Admiral Tanaka is injured. He shifts his flag to KAGERO. B-17 "Flying Fortresses" arrive and sink MUTSUKI still evacuating troops from sinking KINRYU MARU.

25 August 1942:
The convoy returns to Shortland, Bougainville that night.

Mid-September 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

October 1942:
Truk. Undergoes repair and refit by the 4th Repair Unit.

1 November 1942:
At 1000 departs Shortland.

2 November 1942:
Arrives back at Shortland.

4 November 1942:
At 1200 departs Shortland escorting the seaplane carrier CHIYODA.

6 November 1942:
Arrives back at Shortland.

8 November 1942:
Early am departs Shortland on an escort mission.

10 November 1942:
Arrives back at Shortland.

12 November 1942:
Departs Shortland with PB-2.

13 November 1942:
Arrives at Munda.

14 November 1942:
PB-2 and PB-34 depart Munda and later that day arrive back at Shortland.

15 November 1942:
Departs Shortland and patrols the northern approaches.

17 November 1942:
Arrives back at Shortland.

19 November 1942:
Departs Shortland and patrols the northern approaches.

24 November 1942:
Arrives back at Shortland.

25 November 1942:
Departs Shortland and patrols the northern approaches.

28 November 1942:
Breaks off patrol and heads to Rabaul.

30 November 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul.

13 December 1942:
Departs Rabaul.

15 December 1942:
Arrives at Shortland.

16 December 1942:
Departs Shortland and patrols the southern approaches.

20 December 1942:
Arrives back at Shortland.

21 December 1942:
Departs Shortland on an escort mission.

25 December 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

31 December 1942:
Departs Truk.

2 January 1943:
At 1000 arrives at Buin.

3 January 1943:
At 0920 departs Buin and later that day arrives at Kieta. That evening departs Kieta.

4 January 1943:
Patrols the western approaches to Shortland.

8 January 1943:
At 1015 arrives at Shortland.

9 January 1943:
At 1430 departs Shortland. At 2020 arrives at Munda.

10 January 1943:
At 0000 departs Munda on an escort mission.

12 January 1943:
At 1450 arrives at Buin.

13 January 1943:
At 1700 departs Buin on an escort mission.

15 January 1943:
At 1500 arrives at Rabaul.

18 January 1943:
At 0700, departs Rabaul escorting two unidentified Army transports.

20 January 1943:
At 0500, arrives at Buin. At 0955 departs port to a disaster scene. Later takes on an escort mission.

6 March 1943:
S of Kavieng, New Ireland. PB-34 is damaged severely in a nighttime collision with target ship YAKAZE that damages the target ship's port side and floods her boiler and engine rooms.

1943:
PB-34 is towed to Truk.

1944:
Truk. Undergoes repairs, probably by repair ship AKASHI, but PB-34 is not used operationally again.

3 July 1944:
W Dublon Island, Truk. PB-34 is bombed, set afire and sinks in about 50 feet of water.

10 January 1945:
Removed from Navy List.


-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.


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