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IJN Minelayer TAKASHIMA:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008-2013 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Revision 5


11 December 1940:
Tsurumi. Laid down at the Nippon Kokan K. K. shipyard.

5 August 1941:
Named TAKASHIMA.

18 October 1941:
Launched.

25 March 1942:
Completed and registered in the Sasebo Naval District. Assigned to the Sasebo Guard Unit.

15 April 1942:
At 1830 departs Sasebo on patrol.

16 April 1942:
At 0600 returns to Sasebo.

14 May 1942:
Departs Moji escorting an unnumbered convoy consisting of MANILA and KOHOKU MARUs.

17 May 1942:
At 1000, arrives at Takao.

23 May 1942:
Departs Moji escorting convoy No. 117 consisting of TAGANOURA, MANILA, NISHIYAMA (SEIZAN) and KOHOKU MARUs.

24 May 1942:
TAGONOURA MARU joins the convoy from Nagasaki.

28 May 1942:
Arrives at Mako. At 1200, TAKASHIMA departs Mako for Ujina with old destroyer SANAE escorting convoy No. 216 consisting of SAIHO, PENANG, MIYADONO, SUEZ, KENZAN, IIDA, HOKUSHIN and SANFUKU MARUs and FUKUEI MARU No. 2.

31 May 1942:
NW of Amami-O-Shima. The convoy detects an enemy submarine. Minelayer TSUBAME arrives on the scene and she and TAKASHIMA drop depth charges. No submarine attacks develop.

3 June 1942:
Arrives at the port of Ujina, Hiroshima.

14 June 1942:
Departs Moji escorting BUENOS AIRES MARU bound for Palau via Tomie and Koniya.

15 June 1942:
Departs Tomie.

16 June 1942:
Arrives at Koniya.

17 June 1942:
At 1400 departs Koniya. It is possible TAKASHIMA is detached en route to Palau.

19 July 1942:
At 1900 arrives at Takao escorting NOTO MARU.

23 July 1942:
Departs Mako escorting convoy No. 238 consisting of MIKAGE MARU No. 20, RAKUTO MARU and three unidentified merchant ships.

27 July 1942:
Arrives at Mutsure.

2 September 1942:
Departs Sasebo with the destroyer MINEKAZE escorting AZUMA MARU bound for Truk.

E 3 September 1942:
At 28.30N 132.00E TAKASHIMA is detached.

E 4 September 1942:
Off Kusakaki Gunto meets up with SHIROGANE MARU bound for Truk escorted by auxiliary minelayer KAHOKU MARU.

5 September 1942:
At 1200 TAKASHIMA is detached off Osumi Kaikyo. Later at 2400 KAHOKU MARU detaches when NE of Kita Daito Jima.

4 October 1942:
At 0630 departs Sasebo escorting MELBOURNE MARU.

6 October 1942:
Arrives at Takao.

11 November 1942:
Off the Yangtse River estuary the liner KOBE MARU and the loaded ore cargo ship TENZAN MARU. Both sink. TAKASHIMA ois directed to rescue survivoirs together with ships REIZAN and UNZAN MARUs that may be part of a convoy escorted by TAKASHIMA.

E 10 January 1943:
Meets tankers KIYO MARU at sea. The tanker is headed north to Japan.

13 January 1943:
At 0000 TAKASHIMA detaches off SE Kyushu coast.

13 February 1943:
At 0900 TAKASHIMA departs Seso for Sasebo.

31 March 1943:
At 1915 departs Tomie escorting a convoy consisting of KITSURIN, UNZEN, TAKETOYO, TONEGAWA, FUKUEI and KIYO MARUs.

2 April 1943:
Arrives at Woosung.

5 April 1943:
At 0700 departs Woosung escorting a convoy consisting of NARUTO, JUNPO, KINRYO, AWA and SEISHO MARUs and an unidentified UNKAI MARU No. ?

7 April 1943:
At 0900 due to arrive at Tomie.

21 April 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Sasebo escorting the fast liner KAMAKURA MARU.

23 April 1943:
Arrives at Takao.

24 April 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Takao escorting N Convoy consisting of TERUKAWA and TAGONOURA MARUs.

28 April 1943:
Arrives at Moji.

30 April 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Imari Wan escorting convoy SA-13 consisting of RYUKO, SEIAN, MENADO, TATSUHA, MAKO, TAITO and SHISEN MARUs and KOTO MARU No. 2 Go mostly bound for Shanghai.

2 May 1943:
At 1000 due to arrive in Chusan Island Group.

4 May 1943:
At 1500, TAKASHIMA departs Woosung, China for Mutsure, Kyushu escorting convoy SHI-13 consisting of TAGONOURA, TAIRYU, HAKOZAKI and JUNPO MARUs.

6 May 1943:
Arrives at Mutsure.

21 May 1943:
At 1700 TAKASHIMA departs Tomie, Goto Retto escorting convoy SA-22 consisting of MIYAZAKI, YASUKUNI, TOYOURA, UDO, MANJU, NITTOKU MARUs, NAGATA MARU No. 28 and DAIUN MARU No. 2. En route the latter two ships were detached.

23 May 1943:
Arrives at Hua Niao Shan, Chusan (Shushan) Island Group where the convoy was dissolved.

25 May 1943:
At 1530 TAKASHIMA departs Bell Buoy near Woosung escorting convoy Shi-22 consisting of HOREI, SHORI (ex Chinese SHENG LEE), JUNPO, KAZAN (ex Norwegian SHENG HWA), DAIYA and RYUTO MARUs.

27 May 1943:
Arrives at Tomie, Goto Retto.

3 June 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-310 consisting of UNZEN, GYOTEN, YAMAYURI, REKIZAN, ROKKO, KANSAI, DAIYA, NARUO (ex Panamanian ESTERO) and TOTAI MARUs and KOTO MARU No. 2 GO.

5 June 1943:
At 1400 due to arrive at Bell Buoy.

8 June 1943:
At 1000 TAKASHIMA departs Woosung for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Shi-27 consisting of WAZAN, MALAY, TAMHIME, MIIKESAN and UNZEN MARUs and TAMON MARU No. 8.

10 June 1943:
At 1200 due to arrive off Kishima, Goto Retto.

15 June 1943:
At 0600 TAKASHIMA departs Imari Wan, northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-503 consisting of ROZAN, NICHIMAN and SHOGEN MARUs.

17 June 1943:
At 1430 due to arrive at Bell Buoy.

19 June 1943:
At 0730 TAKASHIMA departs Woosung for northern Kyushu with auxiliary gunboat TOSHO MARU escorting convoy Mo-901 consisting of JUNPO MARU.

21 June 1943:
At 0900 due to arrive off Tomie, Goto Retto.

24 June 1943:
At 1630 TAKASHIMA departs Tomie, Goto Retto with the destroyer MINEKAZE for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-414 consisting of KITSURIN, JUNYO, KINRYO, TOYOURA, NANKA, KOKKO, MALAY, DAIYA, TOTAI, TAITO, SAINEI, TSUSHIMA, MISAKI and NICHINAN MARUs.

26 June 1943:
At 1430 scheduled to arrive at Hua Niao Shan where some of the vessels detached.

28 June 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-806 consisting of UDO MARU and five unidentified merchant ships.

30 June 1943:
At 1600 arrives at Kishima, Goto Retto.

15 July 1943:
At 0400 TAKASHIMA departs Imari Wan, northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-504 consisting of SANKA, SAINAN, WAZAN and TAITO MARUs.

17 July 1943:
At 1000 due to arrive off Yushan.

19 July 1943:
TAKASHIMA and patrol boat PB-38 depart Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-910 consisting of ten unidentified merchant ships.

31 July 1943:
At 1200 TAKASHIMA and TSUBAME depart Imari Wan escorting convoy SHI-113 consisting of URATO, ENJU, HENGSHAN (KOZAN), WAKAMATSU, TOYO, HOKUJU, NANKA, NIKKYO, DAISHU, SHOTAI (ex Philippine REGULUS), AWA, KOAN and NICHIAN MARUs.

2 August 1943:
At 2200 due to arrive at Hua Niao Shan where some merchant ships are detached.

16 August 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-603 consisting of three unidentified merchant ships.

29 August 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-906 consisting of six unidentified merchant ships.

4 September 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-405 consisting of five unidentified merchant ships.

10 September 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-006 consisting of six unidentified merchant ships.

14 September 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-402 consisting of two unidentified merchant ships.

17 September 1943:
Departs Moji with destroyer WAKATAKE escorting convoy No.198 consisting of ASAKA, YASUKUNI, RAIZAN MARU and seven unidentified merchant ships. The convoy sailed at 8.5 knots. TAKASHIMA may have detached en route.

25 September 1943:
Arrives at Takao.

4 October 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-405 consisting of three unidentified merchant ships.

8 October 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-805 consisting of GETSUYO MARU and four unidentified merchant ships.

22 October 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-203 consisting of four unidentified merchant ships.

27 October 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-702 consisting of one unidentified merchant ship.

1 November 1944:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-105 consisting of five unidentified merchant ships.

6 November 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-503 consisting of GETSUYO MARU and two unidentified merchant ships.

10 November 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-907 consisting of seven unidentified merchant ships.

14 November 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-405 consisting of five unidentified merchant ships.

29 November 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs northern Kyushu for Shanghai escorting convoy Shi-907 consisting of seven unidentified merchant ships.

4 December 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-407 consisting of seven unidentified merchant ships.

25 December 1943:
TAKASHIMA departs Shanghai for northern Kyushu escorting convoy Mo-601 consisting of one unidentified merchant ship.

11 May 1944:
The 18th Squadron consisting of TAKASHIMA, TOKIWA (F), armed merchant cruiser SAIGON MARU and auxiliary minelayers KOEI and SHINKO MARUs and torpedo boat TOMOZURU, subchaser CH-58 and patrol boat KAII as escorts, depart Sasebo.

16 May 1944:
Arrive at Kirun.

19-20 June 1944:
Off Okinawa. The 18th Squadron consisting of TAKASHIMA, TOKIWA (F), armed merchant cruiser SAIGON MARU and auxiliary minelayers KOEI and SHINKO MARUs lays 1,650 mines. Torpedo boat TOMOZURU, subchaser CH-58 and patrol boat KAII provide escort.

July 1944:
S of Kyushu. Lays mines near Tanegashima Island.

4 August 1944:
Departs Moji for Takao with kaibokan HIBURI, FUKUE, ETOROFU, CD-8, CD-10, CD-25, CD-32 and CH-49 and gunboat UJI escorting convoy MOTA-22 consisting of KENJO, GASSAN, HAKUSAN, TEIKA (ex-French CAP VARELLA), TERUKUNI, TACHIBANA, NANREI, GENKAI, TEIHOKU, HIOKI, MANSHU, SHIRANESAN, SHONAN, RAKUTO and KOSHIN MARUs and YAMAMIZU MARU No. 2, DAIBOSHI MARU No. 6 and five other unidentified ships.

6 August 1944:
Off SW Kyushu. At 0411, LtCdr (later Admiral/CINCPACFLT) Bernard A. Clarey’s (USNA ’34) USS PINTADO (SS-387) torpedoes and sinks SHONAN MARU carrying elements of IJA's 25th Tank Regiment redeploying from Baotau, North China to Formosa, general cargo and four Daihatsu barges, at 30-53N, 129-45E. Two crewmen and three gunners are KIA and the four Daihatsu barges are also lost.

9 August 1944:
At 1310, KOSHIN MARU's ammunition cargo explodes and the ship sinks at 26-10N, 124-15E. 28 crewmen are KIA.

10 August 1944:
Arrives at Kirun. GASSAN, KENJO, HAKUSAN, TEIKA (ex French CAP VARELLA) and HIOKI MARUs are all detached.

11 August 1944:
At 0330, departs Kirun.

12 August 1944:
At 1430, arrives at Tsoying.

10 October 1944:
NNW of Okinawa. Off Nago Bay. Aircraft of Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Marc A. Mitscher’s (USNA ’10) TF 38 attack shipping and installations on Okinawa as a prelude to the landings at Leyte. TF 38 planes sink TAKASHIMA at 26-39N, 127-52E.

10 December 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Notes:
[1] Little data were found for TAKASHIMA's movements during Aug '42 - May '44. Readers with access to such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or j-aircraft.org's IJN Ship Message Board

Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.

-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall


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