IJN T.103 Class Landing Ship Tank
(T.101 Class Landing Ship Tank by T. Yuki)
IJN LST T.161:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2018 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp
5 February 1944.
Provisionally attached to Kure Naval District.
9 July 1944:
Mukojima. Laid down at Hitachi K.K. shipyard as Hull No.
1561, a 950-ton T.103-class landing ship tank.
22 August 1944:
5 September 1944:
Reattached to Yokosuka Naval District. Rerated a
2nd Class Yusokan.
15 September 1944:
Reserve Lt Kitagawa Kiyoshi is appointed the Chief
Equipping Officer (CEO).
14 October 1944:
T.161 is completed, commissioned in the IJN and
assigned to 1st Transport Squadron. Attached to Kure Naval District. Lt Kitagawa
Kiyoshi is the CO.
15 October 1944:
Departs Mukojima for Kure, arrives later that day.
17 October 1944:
Reassigned to Southwestern Area Fleet.
25 October 1944:
Departs Kure for Sasebo.
26 October 1944:
Makes an overnight stop at Imari Bay.
27 October 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.
3 November 1944:
Receives the order to proceed to Kirun (Keelung),
12-13 November 1944:
At Sasebo. Embarks a self-propelled gun battalion
14 November 1944:
Departs Sasebo for Keelung-Takao (Kaohsiung).
16 November 1944:
Arrives at Keelung, where a part of the cargo is
unloaded, then departs for Takao.
18 November 1944:
Arrives at Takao, where the rest of the cargo is
22 November 1944:
Departs Takao for Lapog Bay, Luzon, Philippines.
23 November 1944:
Arrives at Lapog Bay.
24 November 1944:
Departs for Santa Cruz Bay, arrives later that
day. After 2130, a boat from T.161 patrols the mouth of the bay.
25 November 1944:
Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Frederick C.
Sherman's TG 38.3 USS TICONDROGA (CV-14) and LANGLEY (CVL-27) conduct a strike
against the IJN shipping west of Luzon. At 0810, an air raid warning is given
and T.161 heads out to sea. At 0855 a large formation of enemy aircraft is
sighted. At 0915, T.161 is strafed and receives numerous near misses. Five
minutes later she receives a direct hit starboard amindships, causing a
violent explosion. T.161 sinks at 14-50N, 119-45E.
10 January 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
-Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp
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