IJN T.103 Class Landing Ship Tank

By Bob Hackett

with Sander Kingsepp

(Landing Ship Tank by T. Yuki)

IJN LST T.103:
Tabular Record of Movement

2014 Bob Hackett

28 January 1943:
Osaka. Laid down at Osaka Zosenjo as Hull No. 3. Tentatively numbered 1503.

5 February 1944:
Numbered T.103.

9 March 1944:

1 April 1944:
IJN Lt Sakuta Ikuzo is appointed Chief Equipping Officer.

30 April 1944:
Completed. Attached to the Kure Guard Office, Combined Fleet, Lt Sakuta is appointed Commanding Officer.

8 May 1944:
IJN Lt Koike Sakae is appointed Commanding Officer. Assigned to escort convoy 3615.

19 May 1944:
Departs Osaka on a transport mission under the commander, Southwest Fleet.

17 June 1944:
T.103 departs Yokosuka for Iwo Jima and Chichi-Jima escorted by kaibokan CD-24. T.103 carries 8 vehicles, one truck, 10 torpedoes, 19 bomb trucks, one jettisonable tank, 200 oxygen bottles, 70 bombs, machine gun bullets and full rations. .

21 June 1944:
T-103 departs Iwo Jima and Chichi-Jima for Yokosuka escorted by CD-24.

25 June 1944:
T-103 and T-130 depart Tokyo Bay for Iwo Jima and Chichi-Jima escorted by CD-24.

27 June 1944:
Completes loading and unloading on an emergency transportation mission to Chichi-jima and Iwo Jima at the behest of the Ogasawara forces commander.

4 July 1944:
108 miles off Chichi Jima. Carrier planes from Rear Admiral Ralph E. Davison's Task Group 58.2 bomb and sink T.103 at 27-05N, 140-09E.

5 September 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.

-Bob Hackett

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