Dai 1 Go-gata Yusokan
IJN No. 1 Class Fast Transport
(No. 1 Class Fast Transport T.5 by T. Yuki)
IJN Transport T.3:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2014-2015 Bob Hackett
1 February 1944:
Kure Navy Yard. Laid down as Ship No. 2903, a 1,500-ton
No. 1 class landing ship.
15 March 1944:
20 March 1944:
10 May 1944:
Reserve LtCdr Hamamoto Wataru is appointed Chief
29 June 1944:
Completed. LtCdr Hamamoto is the Commanding Officer.
Attached to the Kure Guard Force.
E July 1944:
T.3 departs Kure.
4 August 1944:
At 0830, T.3 departs Takao, Formosa in reconstituted
convoy MI-13 also consisting of cargo ships ATLAS, DURBAN, HIGANE, HIYORI,
KIZAN, KOKUSEI, KUNIYAMA, URAL, RISSHUN and SHINKO MARUs and SHINSEI MARU No. 1
and tankers ATAGO, KYOEI, SHINCHO, SHIMPO, TEIKON, TOKUWA and ZUIYO MARUs and
OGURA MARU No. 2 escorted by destroyer ASAKAZE and kaibokan KUSAGAKI, MATSUWA,
YASHIRO and CD-14, patrol boat PB-38, minesweeper W-18 and auxiliary patrol
boats EIFU, FUYO, KASUGA and NUNOBIKI MARUs.
7 August 1944:
At 2205, LtCdr (later Captain) Enrique D. Haskins'
(USNA '33) USS GUITARRO (SS-363) torpedoes and sinks kaibokan KUSAGAKI at
8 August 1944:
At 0900, the convoy arrives at Manila. T.3 is
10 August 1944:
T.3 departs Manila, escorted by light cruiser NATORI.
They are forced to alter course in the San Bernardino Strait because of reports
of an American Task Force in the vicinity.
12 August 1944:
Arrives at Cebu, Philippines.
13 August 1944:
T.3 departs departs Cebu for Palau, Carolines,
escorted by NATORI. Anchors off the western entrance to the San Bernardino
15 August 1944:
Departs Biliran Island. Arrives at Cebu. Refuels.
16 August 1944:
17 August 1944:
T. 3 and NATORI transit the San Bernardino Strait.
18 August 1944:
200 miles E of Samar, Philippines. T.3 is en route
to Palau escorted by NATORI. Cdr (later Captain) Fitzhugh McMaster's USS
HARDHEAD's (SS-365) radar picks up NATORI east of the San Bernardino Strait.
McMaster identifies the target as a “battleship” and closes for a surface attack.
At 0240, one torpedo of McMaster's first salvo of five Mark-23 steam
torpedoes fired at 2,800 yards hits NATORI portside in a boiler room. She stops
dead in the water. At 0330, McMaster hits NATORI starboard amidships with one
of a second salvo of four Mark-18 electric torpedoes fired from his stern tubes.
At 0330, USN codebreakers intercept and decrypt a message from NATORI to
fleet HQ in Manila that reads: "At 0240, torpedoed by enemy submarine. One hit.
LAT 12.05 N. LONG 129.26. Despite serious damage, no fear of sinking at
present. Unable to maneuever."
At 0530, a second dispatch from NATORI is intercepted and decrypted that
reads "Getting underway westward at six knots, under own power."
At 0704, NATORI sinks at 12-29N, 128-49E. Three hundred-thirty crewmen
including her CO, Captain (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Kubota Toshi (46)(former
ComDesDiv 24) go down with her. Destroyers URAKAZE, KIYOSHIMO and TAKE search
for survivors unsuccessfully until 23 August, but pick up no one. T.3 escapes
and continues on for Palau.
12 September 1944:
At 0300, T.3 and T.5 depart Cebu escorted by
Gyoraitei (motor torpedo boats) Nos. 52, 62 and 67. At 1200, the escorts are
detached at N Cape Blanca. 
(IJN Motor Torpedo Boat)
13 September 1944:
T.3 arrives at Davao, Mindanao.
14 September 1944:
Departs Davao for the Saragani Strait, Mindanao.
T.3 runs aground and bends her propeller shaft. She is quickly refloated, but
navigation is impossible. At 0400, her stern again runs aground. Her propeller
and steering gear are damaged and become unserviceable. T.3 is beached.
15 September 1944:
Saragani Strait. At about 0730, lookouts aboard
LtCdr Carl Teideman's (USNA '33) USS GUAVINA (SS-362) spot smoke on the horizon.
At 0830, the target is observed to be one large vessel. At 0920, Teideman begins
a submerged approach. By 1200, GUAVINA's crew misidentifies T.3 as a "KATORI"
class light cruiser.
Teideman observes the target anchored stern to the beach and "swarming
with men". He further observes that her gun stations are manned and sees "many
men working over the sides". He also sees two ship's boats in water alongside.
Between 1225 and 1759, GUAVINA fires 12 torpedoes and gets 8 hits that set T.3
afire and sink her at 05-35N, 125-20E. T.3's crew abandons the burning ship.
At 1805, GUAVINA surfaces nearby, but no Japanese are seen near the
wreck. GUAVINA clears the area.
10 November 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.
 IJN MTBs No. 52, 62 and 67 were all sunk by TF 38
aircraft on 12 September 1944. The picture shown is of a generic IJN MTB.
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