Tokusetsu-Yusokan

IJN T.103 Class Landing Ship Tank

By Bob Hackett

with Sander Kingsepp

(Landing Ship Tank by T. Yuki)

IJN LST T.107:
Tabular Record of Movement

2014 Bob Hackett
Revision 1


5 February 1944:
Allotted to the Imperial Army (IJA) and assigned Army Ship No. SB-123.

15 April 1944:
Osaka. Laid down at Osaka Zosenjo.

12 May 1944:
Launched.

20 July 1944:
Completed.

5 September 1944:
Transferred to the Imperial Navy (IJN). Re-numbered T.107 and rated a 2nd Class Yusokan. Attached to the Yokosuka Guard Office and assigned to the Second Transport Squadron.

25 September 1944:
Reserve Lt Murata Nobutake is appointed Commanding Officer.

22 October 1944:
T.107 sorties from Yokosuka to Iwo Jima transporting troops under the command of the Ogasawara (Bonins) forces commander. Subsequently, T.107 is engaged in local transport in the Ogasawaras.

5 January 1945:
Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Allan E. Smith's (USNA 15) Task Group 94.9 of USS CHESTER (CA-27), PENSACOLA (CA-24) and SALT LAKE CITY (CA-25) and destroyers USS CUMMINGS (DD-365), DAVID W. TAYLOR (DD-551), DUNLAP (DD-384), ELLET (DD-398), FANNING (DD-386) and ROE (DD-418), together with USAAF B-24s escorted by P-38s, attack Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, and Iwo Jima.

Bonin Islands. Approaching Chichijima, destroyers DUNLAP, FANNING and CUMMINGS sink T.107 on the West Bank of Hahajima.at 26-27N, 141-11E, but DAVID W. TAYLOR is damaged by a mine and FANNING is damaged by gunfire.

10 March 1945.
Removed from the Navy List.


-Bob Hackett



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