© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Fujinami: Tabular Record of Movement

YUGUMO-class (20 ships) profile (Ships of the World)

@Updated - January 16, 2012 - Allyn Nevitt

@Revised - Allyn Nevitt with Anthony Tully - May 2014

Name Translation: "Waves like Wisteria Flowers"

20 April 1943:
Launched at Osaka; Fujinagata Shipbuilding Co.

31 July 1943:
Completed at Osaka;[1] assigned same date to training division Desron 11, First Fleet, for training. Ship's captain: Commander Matsuzaki Tatsuji [52] (prev. C.O. KATATA).

20 August:

Assigned to Desdiv 32 (HAYANAMI, FUJINAMI, SUZUNAMI), Desron 11, First Fleet.

21 August:
Depart Tokuyama for Yokosuka.

22 August:
Arrived Yokosuka.

26 August:
Depart Yokosuka with SUZUNAMI and HAYANAMI escorting YAMASHIRO to the Inland Sea.

28 August:
Arrive with sister ships at Hashirajima; YAMASHIRO proceeding to Kure.

13 September:
Depart Hashirajima in the evening to assist the damaged TSUYAMA MARU (6,962 tons) which had been torpedoed by USS SPEARFISH.

14 September:
0745 Took TSUYAMA MARU in tow. Just over eight hours later, they arrive safely at Kure.

30 September:
Desdiv 32 reassigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.

12 October:
Depart Kure for Hiroshima to embark military personnel.

13 October:
Arrived at Saeki. Assigned to "TEI-GO No.3" Operation.

15-20 October:

With TATSUTA, HAYANAMI and SUZUNAMI, escorted YAMASHIRO and ISE on troop transport "TEI-GO No.3" operation from Saeki to Truk.

22-24 October:

With HAYANAMI and SUZUNAMI, accompanied TATSUTA on troop transport run from Truk to Ponape and back.

3 November:

With HAYANAMI, SUZUNAMI, and TAMANAMI escorted Admiral Kurita's 2nd Fleet heavy cruiser group from Truk toward Rabaul.

5 November:
0620: Arrived at Rabaul. Caught in U.S. air raid that day.
Minor damage: at 1956 attacked; received dud torpedo hit; leaking fuel tank; one dead and nine injured. Claimed shot down three attackers.

6 November:
Depart Rabaul on transport mission to Cape Torokino in counter-landing operation.

7 November:
0645: Returned to Rabaul. However; shortly after 0900 enemy air raid hits the port. FUJINAMI puts to sea, and remains undamaged.

8-10 November:
On all three of these days a large enemy aircraft is seen hovering around Rabaul. Puts to sea each time and manoevers outside harbor.

11 November:
0700 Rabaul hit by large enemy carrier air raid. FUJINAMI and others put to sea. Undamaged, but sister ship SUZUNAMI is struck by a torpedo and sunk.
1657 Departs Rabaul for Truk with HAYANAMI escorting damaged MAYA and NOSHIRO.

12 November:
At Sea: 1715 ordered to try to assist torpedoed AGANO. NOSHIRO takes AGANO in tow, after which all proceed to Truk together.

15 November:
2200: Arrived at Truk.

24 November-5 December:

Escorted main fleet in Marshalls-area in response to U.S. landings on Tarawa, then returned to Truk.

7 December:
0600: Arrived at Saipan.

8 December:
0645: Departs Saipan to assist crippled oiler SOYO MARU (6,081 tons) which had been torpedoed by USS POGY. However, the oiler was hit again, and sunk.

9 December:
Arrived at scene of disaster and carries out anti-sub and search operations.

10 December:
1350: Arrives at Saipan.

24 December:
Arrives at Truk with MIYAZAKI MARU (3,948 tons).

27 December:
Departs Truk to meet and convoy in MYOKO and HAGURO arriving from the homeland on transport mission.

29 December:
1549: After some unconfirmed submarine scares, arrived at Truk.

2-5 January 1944:

Departs Truk with SHIRATSUYU to convoy MYOKO, HAGURO and TONE on troop transport run "BO-GO No.2" from Truk to Kavieng (4 January - where narrowly missed being caught in an air raid) and back.

10 January:

0630: With ASAGUMO depart Truk escorting damaged YAMATO to Kure.

15 January:
1630: Arrived at Kure.

18 January:
Entered drydock at Kure for repairs and refitting.

21 January:
Left drydock.

27 January:
Depart Kure.

28 Janurary:
Arrived at Moji.

31 January:
Arrived with convoy No.8130B at Owase, Okinawa.

2 February:
Arrived at Yokosuka.

4 February:
Depart Yokohama as part of escort of convoy to Truk No.3206 GYOTEN, TATSUHA, ZUIKAI, RYUKO and SHINKYO MARUS with minelayer NATSUSHIMA, CD AMAKUSA, and PB No.31.

17 February:
0235: GYOTEN MARU (6,854 tons) torpedoed and sunk by USS TANG (SS-306) when the convoy is west-northwest of Truk.
1400: Enemy carrier planes currently raiding Truk strike the convoy. TATSUHA MARU (5,784 tons) and ZUIKAI MARU (2,812 tons) are sunk with considerable loss to troops of the 2nd Reinforcement Unit, 52nd Infantry aboard. FUJINAMI rescues survivors.

18 February:
Arrived at beseiged Truk with others. There 1,800 survivors are disembarked on the island of Natsushima. Makes preparations for swift departure.

19 February:
Early: Departs Truk following a group built around repair ship AKASHI bound for Palau.

24 February:
Arrived at Palau.

1 March:
Departs Palau to assist SAKITO MARU which had been torpedoed by USS TROUT (SS-202) on 29 March.

3 March:
Arrives at the scene; but finds nothing. (SAKITO MARU had foundered 1 April.) Conducts a search through the next day.

7 March:
Arrived at Saipan.

13 March:
Arrived at Palau.

10-25 March:
Escorted tanker KOKUYO MARU from Saipan to Palau, then patrol/escort duty out of that base.

29 March
1530: Depart Palau for Lingga with MUSASHI and Crudiv 4 with HARUSAME, MICHISHIO, and SHIRATSUYU to avoid an air-raid. Outside harbor, reinforced and joined by URAKAZE, ISOKAZE, HAMAKAZE and TANIKAZE. However, at 1744 MUSASHI is hit in port bow by torpedo from USS TUNNY (SS-282). Despite flooding and 19 foot hole, the super-battleship easily maintains 24 knots and clears the area. URAKAZE and ISOKAZE remain to hunt the submarine. The rest of force splits up with FUJINAMI, MICHISHIO, and SHIRATSUYU ordered to convoy MUSASHI back to the homeland.

2 April:
0930: Arrived at Kure with MUSASHI.

16 April:
Depart Hashirajima for convoy escort duty.

17-19 April:
Escorts convoy from Tsushima Strait to Shaweishan Islands, esast of Shanghai, China.

21 April:
Depart Shaweishan Islands with “Take” troop convoy (15 Marus,13 escorts) on first leg of its voyage, from Shanghai-area to Manila.

24 April:
Detected submarine, carried out depth charge attack. Results unknown.

26 April:
0345: NO 1 YOSHIDA MARU (5,425 tons) is torpedoed and sunk by USS JACK (SS-259.) 2,700 men of the 210th Infantry Regiment are lost. While depth-charging and searching for survivors, FUJINAMI apparently lost contact with the convoy. She proceeds ahead to Manila.

27 April:
Arrived at Manila.

1 May:
Escort eight ships of “Take” convoy toward Halmahera Island.

6 May:
At 1400 the convoy is attacked by submarine USS GURNARD (SS-254.) ADEN MARU (5,823 tons); TAIJIMA MARU (6,995 tons); and TENSHINZAN MARU (6,886 tons) are sunk in quick succession. FUJINAMI and other escorts drop about 100 depth charges, but without success.

7 May:
Join remnants of convoy at Banka anchorage. Resume voyage next day.

8 May:
1824 Convoy arrives at Wasili, Halmahera Island. FUJINAMI disembarks some soldiers of 35th Divison.

11 May:
With SHIRATSUYU head for Balikpapan, southwest Borneo.

13 May:
Arrived Balikpapan. Refueled.

15 May:
Depart Balikpapan with SHIRATSUYU escorting tankers.

22 May:
Depart Tawi-Tawi with CarDiv 3 (CHITOSE, CHIYODA, ZUIHO) for training of 653rd Air Group. Around 1030 the group is attacked by USS PUFFER (SS-268.) The submarine's torpedoes miss CHITOSE, and the destroyers counter-attack, but with no results either.

1 June:
Returned to Tawi-Tawi. Henceforth on regular anti-submarine patrol duty around the anchorage.

7 June:
Depart with HAMANAMI to search for survivors of torpedoed HAYANAMI.

19-20 June: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Escorted Admiral Kurita's Van Force.

22 June:
Arrived with other units of the Mobile Fleet at Nakagusuku Bay, Okinawa. Detached for convoy duty.

23-29 June:

With TAMANAMI escorted tanker KOKUYO MARU from Okinawa via Manila (25 June) to Singapore.

2 July:

With TAMANAMI escorting tanker KOKOYU MARU and the damaged cruiser KITAKAMI depart Singapore for Kure via Manila.

7 July:
About an hour after midnight 6 July, the group is attacked by USS MINGO (SS-261.) The destroyers counter-attack, but at 0205 TAMANAMI is torpedoed and sunk. FUJINAMI firsts shepherds the others toward Manila, then at 1600 returns to hunt the submarine and search for survivors. There were very few, as 276 men were lost.

9 July:
2200 Arrived at Manila.

10 July:
Depart Manila resuming voyage for Kure with KYOKUTO MARU. KITAKAMI remains at Manila for continued repairs.

17 July:
Arrived at Kure.

6 August:
Sailed to Moji.

8 August:
Arrived at Imari Bay, western Kyushu for convoy duty.

10 August-22 August:
Escorted Convoy HI-71 (20 ships) with TAIYO and six other escorts from Moji via Mako (Pescadores) and Manila to Singapore. On 15 August convoy stops at Mako. Here four marus are detached, and five additional escorts join. On 17 August voyage to Manila resumes. En-route, convoy is ambushed by submarine wolfpack and suffers heavy losses. FUJINAMI drops 9 depth charges, then rescues what survivors she could.

20 August:
Arrives at Santa Cruz, disembarks 2,267 soldiers and survivors. Departs for Manila next day.

22 August:
Arrived at Manila. Loads 20 depth charges.

25 August:
Detached from screen of re-constituted HI-71 convoy,which departs Manila this day for Singapore, proceeding without incident.

28 August:
Depart Manila for Miri, Borneo.

Movements unclear. Operating out of Miri, Borneo.

8 October:
Arrived at Singapore.

14 October:
Arrived at at Lingga.

18-20 October:

Escorted fleet from Lingga to Brunei.

23-27 October: Battle of Leyte Gulf

Escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force.

24 October: `Minor damage'. Around 1500 when crippled MUSASHI ordered to reverse course and head for Coron screen comes under heavy bombing and strafing. Near-miss bomb off the starboard bow causes splinter damage to No.1 turret and opens leaks. Top speed reduced.[2]

25 October:
1004: In Battle off Samar on 25 October was detached to assist CHOKAI. Stood by the crippled cruiser as CHOKAI tried to repair engines. Then, in obedience to orders Kurita issued at 1917 removed the cruiser's crew including Captain Tanaka and scuttled CHOKAI by torpedo at 2148 hours in position 11-22'N, 126-22'E. Destroyer then headed west for San Bernardino Strait after the rest of the Kurita force.

26 October:
In the pre-dawn hours successfully passes through San Bernardino Strait undetected. At 0400 from eastern Sibuyan Sea radios update of condition and word of CHOKAI's scuttling. During the day undergoes further attack. Due to combination of leakage and fuel shortage, proceeds at greatly reduced speed.[3]

27 October:
0235: At first expected to join KUMANO with OKINAMI bound for Manila, is ordered by ComDesRon 2 RADM Hayakawa Mikio aboard HAMANAMI to instead proceed to Semirara Island to assist HAYASHIMO. That destroyer had been damaged and run out of fuel and forced to anchor overnight there. FUJINAMI was to transfer fuel and escort her onward to Coron.[4]

SUNK: At about 0915 while moving to assist HAYASHIMO, is attacked by eight aircraft from USS FRANKLIN (CV-13), 80 miles north of Iloilo (12 N, 122-30 E). One bomb hits between the stacks exploding No.1 torpedo mount.[5] The explosion wrecks the destroyer, which breaks in half and sinks within sight of grounded HAYASHIMO. Fierce strafing and more arriving aircraft frustrate attempts to send out boats. A second rescue ship - SHIRANUHI- is also sunk. Ultimately all survivors in the water perish, and lost are all hands, including the CHOKAI survivors.[5]

10 January 1945:

Removed from Navy List.

[1] Editorial Note 1 - It is worthing noting that Fujinami was apparently the last completed Yugumo-class with the `old style' foremast. - (Tully)

[2] Editorial Note 2 - Since Fujinami was ultimately lost with all hands during the Battle of Leyte Gulf we are dependent on messages preserved from other ships. Fujinami radioed this damage in combat report to Kurita. - (Tully)

[3] Editorial Note 3 - These details and those for 25 October all come from an 0400 26 October radio update to Kurita. Remarkably, it indicates she passed safely after the 0100 destruction of Nowaki by Halsey's surface forces. This was the last message received from Fujinami before her loss, but not the last addressed to her. - (Tully)

[4] Editorial Note 4 - From a Desron 2 radio order to Fujinami. This order is crucial, for not only does it seal Fujinami's fate, it strongly implies that Fujinami (then presumably somewhere east of Coron) was expected to first refuel to 65% capacity, then go back to Hayashimo to refuel and shepherd her to Coron. But it has proven impossible to verify whether Fujinami ever arrived at Coron. Most indications are that she diverted to Semirara and met her fate before ever reaching Coron. - (Tully).

[5] Editorial Note 5 - Details comes from the reports of Franklin's aircraft, and observers aboard Hayashimo. There is indication Shiranuhi arrived at the scene around 1045 and was attempting to rescue Fujinami and Chokai survivors when she herself was then bombed and sunk with all hands.- (Tully)

For more info, see editor's page and entry for Hayashimo on: Shipwrecks of the IJN

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Anthony Tully and Bill Somerville for contributing from their works to this TROM. Credits also to John Whitman for some movement details.

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