© 2008-2015 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall
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