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

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008-2015 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 1

9 July 1944:
Osaka. Laid down at Hitachi’s Sakurajima yard.

5 October 1944:

29 November 1944:

10 January 1945:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Attached to the Kure Guard Unit for workup and training. LtCdr Obayashi Kouji is the Commanding Officer.

25 February 1945:
Assigned to the General Escort Command’s First Escort Fleet.

27 February 1945:
Escorts convoys in the Tsushima Strait and South Korean Sea.

2 March 1945:
At 1845 arrives at Moji from Sasebo.

3 March 1945:
At 0600 SAKITO departs Moji with kaibokan CD-57 and CD-67 and subchaser CH-26 escorting convoy MOTA-41 consisting of one unidentified merchant ship.

7 March 1945:
At 1600 arrives at Wenchow.

8 March 1945:
At 0600 departs Wenchow and at 1829 arrives at Mazu Shan. Departs at 2300.

11 March 1945:
At 1800 arrives at Kirun (Keelung).

19 March 1945:
At 0200 departs Kirun with CD-57. At 2300 arrives at Mazu Shan.

20 March 1945:
At 0600 departs Mazu Shan.

23 March 1945:
At 2000 the escorts arrive back at Mazu Shan and departs soon after.

25 March 1945:
At 1130 arrives at Pei Ju Men (Kurogyo Wan).

26 March 1945:
At 0400 SAKITO departs Pei Ju Men (Kurogyo Wan) with kaibokan CD-57 escorting the Rinji Convoy consisting of two unidentified merchant ships.

27 March 1945:
At 1600 arrives at Ssu Chiao Shan.

28 March 1945:
At 0600 departs Ssu Chiao Shan.

30 March 1945:
At 1200 arrives at Seito (Tsingtao). Later sails on to Moji arriving early April.

25 April 1945:
Arrives at Chinkai (Jinhae) harbor, S Korea. That same day, SAKITO and kaibokan CHIKUBU are reassigned to the 22nd Coast Defense Group.

E 27 April 1945:
S of Japan. SAKITO and kaibokan YASHIRO and CD-41 join convoy SHIMP-03 consisting of KASHIMA, BANSHU, ABUKUMAGAWA, SHINTON and TAIKYU MARUs and tanker NANRYU MARU No. 9 escorted by destroyer ASAGAO, patrol boat P-102, kaibokan UKU, CD-26, subchaser CH-20, and minesweeper W-29.

28 April 1945:
At 1200, arrives at Moji.

27 June 1945:
Korean Peninsula, near Pusan. SAKITO hits a mine laid by a USAAF B-29 “Superfortress” at 34-13N,126-36E and is wrecked.

15 August 1945:
Under repair at Sasebo when her crew is notified of the termination of hostilities.

20 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

1 December 1947:
At Sasebo Ship Industries. Completes dismantling.

Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

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