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IJN Hagikaze: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Wind Through Reeds"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Inoue Yoshio [48] (prev. C.O. SAZANAMI). Assigned to Desdiv 4 (ARASHI, HAGIKAZE, NOWAKI, MAIKAZE), Desron 4, Second Fleet.

29 November-2 December 1941:
Desdiv 4 steamed from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).

4 December 1941-11 January 1942:
Desdiv 4 escorted Admiral Kondo's Southern Force Main Body out of Mako as distant cover to Malaya and Philippine invasion forces; also briefly escorted Malaya troop convoys during this period.

14-18 January:
Desdiv 4 escorted Main Body from Mako to Palau, then operated out of that base as distant cover to Dutch East Indies invasion forces through 15 February.

18-21 February:
Desdiv 4 escorted Main Body from Palau to Staring Bay (Celebes).

25 February:
Departed Staring Bay, escorting carrier force in operations south of Java.

5 March:
Air strikes on Tjilatjap; then returned to Staring Bay on 11 March.

27 March:
Departed Staring Bay, escorting supply group for carrier force in Indian Ocean raids.

14-19 April:
En route back to Japan, with MAIKAZE escorted the detached SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU into Mako on 18 April, then rejoined the carrier force.

22 April:
Arrived in Yokosuka from Southern operations, then docked for repairs.

5 May:

Commander Inoue (to X.O. UNYO, later Comdesdiv 9, Comdesdiv 18) relieved by Commander Iwagami Juichi [50] (prev. C.O. SHIKINAMI).

4-5 June: Battle of Midway
Desdiv 4 escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force; assisted KAGA, helped MAIKAZE rescue survivors then scuttled with torpedoes; later helped scuttle AKAGI with torpedoes.

9 June-12 July:
Desdiv 4 escorted ZUIHO to reinforce Northern Area, then escorted fleet patrolling out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutians.

14 July:
Desdiv 4 reassigned to Desron 10, Third Fleet.

30 July-August 12:
Escorted transports BOSTON MARU and DAIFUKU MARU from Saeki to Saipan (6-7 August) to pick up Ichiki Detachment, then to Truk.

16-18 August:
Troop transport run from Truk to Guadalcanal.

19 August:
Heavy damage:
in air attack off Guadalcanal; hit on No. 3 (“Y”) gun turret by heavy bomb from B-17. Turret destroyed, magazine flooded, rudder and prop-shafts damaged; best speed 6 knots; 33 dead and 13 wounded. Escorted by ARASHI, returned to Truk on 24 August for emergency repairs.

8 September:
Commander Iwagami (to C.O. URAKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Hatano Kenji [57] (prev. C.O. MUTSUKI).

1-8 October:
Steamed from Truk to Yokosuka; after breakdown on final approach was towed into Yokosuka by YAMAGUMO; then docked for repairs.

28 February-5 March 1943:
With ONAMI, escorted CHUYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

8-13 March:
With YUGURE, escorted CHUYO from Truk to Yokosuka.

1-6 April:
Escorted KONGO and HARUNA from Kure to Truk.

13-20 April:
Escorted CHOKAI on troop transport mission from Truk to Rabaul and back.

25-28 April:
Escorted convoy from Truk to Rabaul.

29-30 April:
Steamed from Rabaul to Shortlands, then troop transport run to Kolombangara.

4 May:
Troop transport run to Kolombangara.

8-9 May:
En route from Shortlands to Buka, diverted to assist sinking OYASHIO and KAGERO, but arrived too late.

9-10 May:
Steamed from Shortlands to Rabaul.

15-17 May:
Escorted NISSHIN from Rabaul to Truk.

5-9 June:
With USHIO, escorted UNYO and CHUYO from Truk to Yokosuka.

16 June:
Lieutenant Commander Hatano (later C.O. SHIMOTSUKI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Makoshi Masahiro [57] (prev. C.O. HOKAZE).

10-15 July:
Escorted fleet from Japan to Truk.

19-21 July:
Escorted NISSHIN, MOGAMI, OYODO and AGANO on troop transport mission from Truk to Rabaul.

21-22 July:
Led NISSHIN troop transport run to Shortlands as flagship of Comdesron 10 (Rear Admiral Osugi Morikazu); later helped rescue NISSHIN survivors.

27 July:
Troop transport run to Rekata.

1 August:
Troop transport run to Kolombangara.

6-7 August: Battle of Vella Gulf
Troop transport run to Kolombangara. Sunk: by gunfire and torpedoes of USS DUNLAP (DD-384), USS CRAVEN (DD-382) and USS MAURY (DD-401), between Kolombangara and Vella Lavella (07-50 S, 156-55 E). 178 killed; number of survivors unknown (310 total from ARASHI, HAGIKAZE, KAWAKAZE and 900 troops), but included Lieutenant Commander Makoshi and Comdesdiv 4 (Captain Sugiura Kaju [46], to C.O. HAGURO).

15 October 1943:
Removed from Navy List.

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