W-21 (W-19 class) scanned from Gakken, V. 45
IJN Minesweeper W-19:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2005-2017 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundal
17 September 1940:
Tokyo. Laid down at Ishikawajima Shipbuilding as Minesweeper No. 164.
10 December 1940:
18 February 1941:
17 April 1941:
LtCdr (later Cdr) Tsukada Shigeo (57)(former squad leader, Maizuru Guard Force) is appointed Chief Equipping Officer (CEO).
15 May 1941:
Lt (Cdr, posthumously) Yamazaki Jintaro (58)(former CO of W-1) is appointed CEO.
31 May 1941:
Completed and attached to Maizuru Naval District. Lt Yamazaki Jintaro is the CO.
10 June 1941:
Assigned to Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Hirose Sueto's (former CO of AOBA) 2nd Base Force of Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo's (36) (former CO of KIRISHIMA) Third Fleet.
5 September 1941:
Lt (later LtCdr) Hagiwara Toshi (60)(former squad leader, Yokosuka Guard Force) is appointed the CO.
26 November 1941:
Departs Sasebo for Mako (Makung), Pescadores.
1 December 1941:
Arrives at Makung.
7 December 1941:The Attack on the Philippines:
Mako, Pescadores. W-19 is assigned to Cdr Kanaoka's MineDiv 30 with W-17 and W-18. Departs Mako at 1630. /P>
10 December 1941:
At 0550, Japanese forces arrive off Aparri, northern Luzon, Philippines where they are attacked by three Army Air Force B-17C "Flying Fortress" heavy bombers of the USAAF's 14th Squadron, including one piloted by Captain Colin P. Kelly. The B-17s drop 600-lb and 100-lb bombs. Light cruiser NATORI evades the first bomb attacks, but takes a near-miss to port when she attempts to approach W-19.
W-19 is hit by a bomb (or bombs) that trigger a depth charge explosion. The demolished ship is beached at 18-22N, 121-38E. DesDiv 5's HARUKAZE is also damaged slightly by near misses. Later, W-19 is given up as a constructive total loss. Lt Hagiwara is among the survivors.
30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List
Photo credit goes to Ships of the World (SOTW) via J. Ed Low. Thanks also go to Sander Kingsepp of Estonia for info in Rev 1.
-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.