IJN T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank

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

IJN LST T.145:
Tabular Record of Movement

2017-2018 Bob Hackett

5 September 1944:
Urasaki Zosensho. Laid down Kawanami Kogyo, K. K. as Hull No. 10, a 950-ton T. 101-class landing ship tank. Allocated to the Imperial Army (IJA).

15 November 1944:

16 December 1944:
Completed. Assigned to the Army Mobile Transport Corps Supplement Team's Akatsuki 16711 unit.

25 January 1945:
Transferred to Imperial Navy (IJN). Numbered T.145

Classifiied as Second Class Transport Vessel, Type 101. Based at Yokosuka Naval Base. Assigned to the Second Transport Corps. Lt Nishimura Tetsuo (or Tsunao) is appointed Commanding Officer.

27 January 1945:
In the afternoon, the main machine is operated.

28 January 1945:
Lt Nishimura arrives.

29 January 1945:
Departs Kushigamahama and arrives at Kure.

30 January 1945:
0823 Hoisting on the No. 9 buoyant

31 January 1945:
Loads fresh water.

8 February 1945:
In the morning changesanchorage. In the afternoon, loads more fresh water.

21 February 1945:
Raising of food and drinks

24 February 1945:
Loads sushi products.

26 February 1945:
Loads raw materials.

28 February 1945:
Refuels in the afternoon, then loads fresh water, blankets and drinkware articles.

1 March 1945:
Departs Kure. Anchors off Ako.

2 March 1945:
Arrives at Aioi Bay.

5 March 1945:
At Harima Shipyard.

13-14 March 1945:
Undergoes installation of 25 bulletproof shields.

14 March 1945:
Undergoes installation of explosion-proofing.

15 March 1945:
Aioi. At 1222, docked. Conducts Various trials, self-difference correction. Later, moves to Aioi Bay.

16 March 1945:
Changes to morning shipyard quay. Later, moves to off the coast of Toshima

17 March 1945:
Departs Saito.

18 March 1945:
Arrives at Sasebo.

21 March 1945:
Loads ammunition and heavy oil.

23 March 1945:
Loads two types of bombs, twin 25-mm guns and transportation items. Assigned to the 31st Transport Corps. Waits at Sasebo.

24 March 1945:
Receives Emergency Operation Transportation order from Sasebo to Miyakojima and Ishigakijima.

29 March 1945:
A weapon is installed.

30 March 1945:
Loads fresh water.

31 March 1945:
At 1800, LSTs T.145, T.146 and fast transport T.17 depart Sasebo for Amami-Oshima escorted by kaibokan CD-186 and subchasers CH-17 and CH-49. The formation is designated O-Shima Transport Unit. T.17's Lt Niwa Masayuki is appointed CO of the unit. The convoy makes a brief stop in Terajima Strait that evening. CH-17 is detached en route to chase a submarine.

1 April 1945:
W of Tanega-Shima. The convoy encounters a PB4Y (B-24). After sundown, the convoy arrives at Kakeroma Island, Amami-Oshima, proceeding to Seso anchorage via the western channel. At 2235 (jst), while approaching the entrance to Oshima Strait, two American carrier bombers of USS HORNET's (CV-12) Air Group 17 fly over the anchorage on a recce mission. Disregarding Lt Niwa's orders, one of the vessels opens fire at the intruders, revealing its presence. The planes return for a strafing and rocket attack, killing one sailor and wounding eight men.

2 April 1945:
East China Sea. Carrier planes from Rear Admiral (later Admiral/Chm, JCS) Arthur W. Radford's (USNA '16) Task Group 58.4 attack. T.17 is hit by two bombs and sinks at 28-07N, 129-09E; CD-186 is hit and sinks. The planes also damage subchaser CH-49 and T.146. Lt Niwa assumes command of the remaining vessels aboard T.146.

3 April 1945:
Two Navy Type 0 reconnaissance seaplanes patrol the sea route from Amami-O-Shima northward preceding the return voyage of T.145 and T.146 next day. One of the two planes is shot down in an encounter with American patrol planes.

4 April 1945:
T.145 and T.146 finish unloading and depart in two separate groups: T.146 (with Lt. Niwa) escorted by CH-17, and T.145 escorted by CH-49.

After having unloaded her cargo, T.145 departs Seso anchorage towards the western entrance channel, escorted by CH-49. While entering the western entrance channel T.145 is seriously damaged running aground on Derikyonma-Zaki (eastern end of the western entrance channel) at 28-11-15N, 129-40-30E. CH-49 remains as guard.

6 April 1945:
CH-49 departs Kakeroma-Jima for Sasebo.

11 April 1945:
T.145 is refloated, but has to be abandoned as there is no hope for salvaging her.

-Bob Hackett

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