Tokusetsu-Yusokan

IJN T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank


(T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank by T. Yuki)

IJN LST T.127:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2014 Bob Hackett


21 October 1943:
Urasaki. Laid down Kawanami Kogyo, K. K. as Hull No. 1527, a 950 ton T. 101-class landing ship tank.

13 January 1944:
Launched.

5 February 1944.
Numbered T.127.

28 February 1944.
Completed. Captain Eiji Hosokaya is the Commanding Officer. Attached to the Sasebo Guard Force.

15 March 1944:
Departs Kure and arrives at Osako, Kurahashi Island.

16 March 1944:
T.127 loads ten Type 2 "Ka-Mi" amphibious tanks.

(IJN Type 2 "Ka-Mi" Special Naval Landing Force Amphibious Tank showing its
37 mm Type 1 main gun and 7.7mm Type 99 machine gun - Dragon 1/35 scale model)

18 March 1944:
Departs Osako for Shido Bay.

24 March 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka and departs.

27 March 1944:
Arrives at Tateyama.

2 April 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka

26 April 1944:
Departs Yokosuka.

6 May 1944:
Arrives at Saipan.

May 1944:
Departs Saipan for Yap, Truk, Guam, Palau and Davao.

29 May 1944: Operation "KON" - The Relief of Biak.
After sunset, T. 127 departs with the first Biak relief transport force’s CruDiv 16's cruiser AOBA and light cruiser KINU, minelayers ITSUKUSHIMA (F) and TSUGARU and several freighters escorted by DesDiv 19's SHIKINAMI, URANAMI, DesDiv 27's SHIGURE and subchasers CH-36 and CH-37.

31 May 1944:
The KON distant covering force consisting of battleship FUSO, CruDiv 5's MYOKO and HAGURO escorted by six destroyers arrives at Davao from Tawi Tawi. T. 127 and the transports embark units of the IJA's 2th Amphibious Brigade.

2 June 1944:
CruDiv 5's MYOKO and HAGURO (No 1 Screen) and the transport group and their destroyers depart Davao for Biak Island, New Guinea . At 2330, FUSO and DesDiv 10's ASAGUMO and KAZAGUMO. (No. 2 screen) also depart Davao for Biak by another route.

Zamboanga, Mindanao. T.127 attempts to transport 800 troops to Biak with minelayers ITSUKUSHIMA and TSUGARU escorted by subchasers CH-36 and CH-37.

3 June 1944:
The KON Detached Force is sighted by two B-24 bombers. That evening, the operation is temporarily canceled.

4 June 1944:
T.127 and her group disembark troops at Sorong, New Guinea.

5 June 1944:
Headquarters, Combined Fleet reinstates Operation KON.

7 June 1944:
Near Halmahera, Moluccas. The KON Detached Force is held in readiness.

10 June 1944:
At 1747, T.127, minelayer ITSUKUSHIMA and subchasers CH-36 and CH-37 arrive at Kau, Halmahera, Moluccas. .

10 June 1944: Operation "KON" - The Relief of Biak:
At 1600, The KON distant covering force departs Tawitawi for Batjan Island, Moluccas now consisting of BatDiv 1's MUSASHI and YAMATO, DesRon 2's light cruiser NOSHIRO and destroyers ASAGUMO, OKINAMI and SHIMAKAZE.

On station nearby, Cdr (MOH, posthumously) Samuel D. Dealey's (USNA '30) USS HARDER (SS-257) reports the KON Force leaving Tawi Tawi.

11 June 1944:
The KON forces arrive at Batjan..

12 June 1944:
At 0300, T.127 departs Kau, Halmahera for Sorong with ITSUKUSHIMA escorted by subchasers CH-36 and CH-37.

The U.S. Invasion of the Marianas begins. Operation KON is "postponed"

13 June 1944:
Arrives at Sorong.

28 June 1944:
T.127, minesweeper W-30 and subchaser CH-36 arrive at Wasile, Halmahera.

1 July 1944:
At 0400, T.127 departs Kau for Davao, Philippines escorted by minesweeper W-30 and subchaser CH-36.

2 July 1944:
Arrives at Davao.

25 July 1944:
At 0155, T.127 departs Davao for Zamboanga, Mindanao in convoy Z-258 also consisting of AZUCHISAN, KITAGAMI, OYO, RYUKA and TATSUHARU MARUs, HISHI MARU No 2 and KYOEI MARU No. 2 escorted by kaibokan CD-6, minesweeper W- 30, subchasers CH-49 and CH-58, auxiliary subchaser KYO MARU No. 12, auxiliary netlayer TOKACHI MARU and auxiliaries TOKO MARU and HIYODORI MARU No. 2. The convoy is provided air cover. Later that day, T.127, RYUKA and TOKO MARUs and HIYODORI MARU No. 2 are detached for Sarangani Bay.

3~ 6 August 1944:
Ambon. Undergoes hull repairs.

5 September 1944:
T. 127 is re-classified a 2nd class Yusokan.

17 September 1944:
Departs Manila.

24 September 1944:
Off Ticao Island, near San Fernando, Philippines T. 127 is bombed and sunk by aircraft of Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Marc A. Mitscher's (USNA '10) Task Force 38 at 14-35N, 120-59E.

10 November 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.


Author's Note:
Thanks go to Sander Kingsepp of Estonia.

-Bob Hackett



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