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(W-7 class minesweeper scanned from SOTW, V. 507)

IJN Minesweeper W-10:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2005-2012 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 1


21 December 1937:
Tokyo. Laid down at Ishikawajima Shipbuilding.

22 September 1938:
Launched and numbered W-10.

15 February 1939:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Attached to Sasebo Naval District.

1 June 1941:
W-10 is assigned to Third Fleet's 1st Base Force in MineSweepDiv 21 with W-7, W-8, W-9, W-11 and W-12.

21 September 1941:
Cdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Kitamura Masayuki (45) assumes command of MineSweepDiv 21.

27 November 1941:
Departs Sasebo.

30 November 1941:
Arrives at Mako, Pescadores.

7 December 1941: Operation "M" - The Attack on the Southern Philippines:
W-10 is in Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo's (36) (former CO of KIRISHIMA) Third Fleet, Philippines Seizure Force, Southern Force in Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Nishimura Shoji’s (39) Vigan Invasion Force.

At 1630, departs Mako escorting six transports carrying 2,000 men of the Kanno Detachment of the 48th Infantry Division.

10 December 1941:
Luzon, Philippines. At 0200 the transports land troops at Pandan, near Vigan, but are bombed and strafed by five Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses"and escorting Seversky P-35A "Guardsman" and Curtiss P-40B "Kittyhawk" fighters of the U. S. Army's Far East Air Force.

During the action, Captain Samuel H. Marrett, CO of the 34th Fighter Squadron, makes repeated strafing passes on W-10 with his P-35 until W-10 blows up. The force of the explosion tears a wing off Marret's P-35 and he crashes into the sea. W-10 sinks at 17-32N, 120-22E and transports OIGAWA MARU and TAKAO MARU are so damaged they have to be beached to facilitate salvage. Light cruiser NAKA and destroyer MURASAME are slightly damaged by strafing.

15 March 1942:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Notes:
Photo credit goes to Ships of the World (SOTW) via J. Ed Low. Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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