© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Hamakaze: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: "Beach Wind"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Orita Tsuneo [49] (prev. C.O. IKAZUCHI). Assigned to Desdiv 17 (URAKAZE, TANIKAZE, ISOKAZE, HAMAKAZE), Desron 1, First Fleet.

18-22 November:

Steamed with Desron 1 from Saeki to Etorofu (Kuriles).

7 December:

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's carrier striking force for the attack on Pearl Harbor; then arrived in Kure 24 December.

8-14 January 1942:

Escorted carrier force from Japan to Truk.

20 January:

Escorted carrier force in strikes on Rabaul.

23 January:

Escorted AKAGI and KAGA covering Rabaul/Kavieng landings, then returned to Truk 27 January.

1-8 February:

Escorted carrier force in pursuit of U.S. carriers, then to Palau.

19 February:

Escorted carrier force in air strikes on Port Darwin, then to Staring Bay (Celebes) on 21 February.

25 February:

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

5 March:

Air strikes on Tjilatjap.

7 March:

Escorted KONGO and HARUNA in bombardment of Christmas Island; then returned to Staring Bay on 11 March.

27 March:

Departed Staring Bay, escorting carrier force in Indian Ocean raids.


5 April:

Air strikes on Colombo.

9 April:

Air strikes on Trincomalee.

10 April:

Desdiv 17 reassigned to Desron 10, First Air Fleet.

27 April:

Arrived in Kure from Southern operations, then docked for repairs.

4-5 June: Battle of Midway

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force; assisted SORYU, helped ISOKAZE rescue survivors.

14 July:

Desron 10 reassigned to Third Fleet.

20 July:
Commander Orita (to C.O. TERUZUKI, later Comdesdiv 30, Comdesdiv 32) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Uwai Hiroshi [51] (prev. C.O. SAZANAMI).

8-14 August:

Steamed from Kure via Saipan to Truk.

16-18 August:

Troop transport run from Truk to Guadalcanal; then to Rabaul on 20 August.

25 August:

With Milne Bay invasion force.

31 August-2 September:

Troop transport run from Rabaul to Milne Bay (cover).

5-7 September:

Troop evacuation run from Rabaul to Milne Bay (cover).

14 September:

Arrived Shortlands from Rabaul.

16 September:

Attack mission to Guadalcanal.

18 September:

Attack mission to Guadalcanal.

21 September:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

24-27 September:

Escorted convoy from Shortlands to Truk.

October:

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force.

1 November:

Lieutenant Commander Uwai promoted to Commander.

2-7 November:

Escorted ZUIHO and KUMANO from Truk to Japan, then docked for repairs.

30 November-8 December:
Escorted MYOKO and HAGURO on troop transport mission from Yokosuka via Truk (5 December) to Rabaul; then back to Truk on 10 December.

16-20 December:

With AGANO and ISOKAZE, escorted JUNYO out of Truk covering initial troop convoys to Wewak and Madang.

25-28 December:

Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.

5-10 January 1943:

With MAIKAZE attached, Desdiv 17 escorted troop convoy (Operation 18: BRAZIL MARU, NICHIRYU MARU, CLYDE MARU, CHIFUKU MARU and MYOKO MARU, lifting units of 51st Division) from Rabaul to Lae and back. On 7-8 January NICHIRYU MARU and MYOKO MARU lost in bombing attacks. Then to Shortlands on 13 January.

14 January:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Minor damage: in air attacks on 15 January due to near-misses.

16-26 January:

Departed Shortlands for repairs at Rabaul, then returned.

1 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

4 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

7-8 February:

Troop evacuation run to Russell Islands (cover). Medium damage: in air attacks on 8 February; direct bomb hit on forward gun turret; then to Rabaul.

15-19 February:

Steamed from Rabaul to Truk; then repairs.

6-16 March:

Escorted by MAIKAZE, towed damaged MICHISHIO from Truk to Tateyama; then docked at Kure for repairs.

16-21 June:

Escorted task force from Yokosuka to Truk.

22-28 June:

With TANIKAZE, accompanied NAKA and ISUZU on troop transport run from Truk to Nauru (25 June); then detached to join 2
nd echelon of NAGARA and YUKIKAZE and returned with them to Truk.

30 June-2 July:

Escorted CHOKAI from Truk to Rabaul; then steamed to Shortlands.

5-6 July: Battle of Kula Gulf

Troop transport run to Kolombangara. Landed troops during battle so saw no action.

9 July:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover).

12 July: Battle of Kolombangara

Troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover). With YUKIKAZE, KIYONAMI and YUGURE, contributed torpedoes to spreads that sank USS GWIN (DD-433) and damaged USS HONOLULU (CL-48) and USS ST. LOUIS (CL-49).

19-20 July:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover). [Note 1]

23 July:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara.

26-29 July:

Escorted convoy from Rabaul to Truk.

10-14 August:

Escorted tanker GENYO MARU from Truk to Rabaul.

17-18 August: Battle off Horaniu

Troop transport run to Vella Lavella (cover). With SAZANAMI, ISOKAZE and SHIGURE, cover force for small-craft flotilla setting-up barge-staging base on Horaniu. Engaged U.S. destroyers.

22 August:

Led troop evacuation run to Rekata, aborted due to suspected enemy presence.

26 August:

Led troop evacuation run to Rekata. Medium damage: in air attacks due to either direct bomb hit or near-miss on forecastle; 36 casualties; best speed 20 knots.

31 August-2 September:

Escorted TSUGARU from Rabaul to Truk.

12-18 September:

Escorted TSUGARU and IRAKO from Truk to Yokosuka; then docked at Kure for repairs. (“X” turret probably removed/replaced by two triple 25mm mounts during this refit.)

20 September:
Commander Uwai (to C.O. SHIMAKAZE) relieved by Commander Maekawa Kazue [52] (prev. C.O. NUMAKAZE).

3-8 November:

Escorted KUMANO from Kure to Truk.

24 November-5 December:

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

10-14 December:

Transport run from Truk to Kusaie and back.

21 December:

Out of Truk to assist torpedoed tanker TERUKAWA MARU; helped rescue survivors.

27 December 1943-1 January 1944:

Escorted HIYO from Truk to Kure.

6-26 January:

Escorted transport ASAKA MARU from Yokosuka via Eniwetok and Kwajalein to Truk.

1-4 February:

Escorted fleet units from Truk to Palau; then returned to Truk on 8 February.

10-13 February:

Escorted fleet units from Truk to Palau.

16-21 February:

Escorted fleet units from Palau to Lingga.

11 March-1 April:

Escorted convoys from Lingga via Palau to Davao.

8-26 April:

Escorted convoys from Davao via Tarakan and Balikpapan to Saipan.

29 April-19 May:

Escorted convoys from Saipan via Palau, Balikpapan and Tarakan to Tawitawi.

23-25 May:

Escorted tanker convoy from Tawitawi to Davao.

25 May-14 June:
Davao-area patrol/escort duties.

19-20 June: Battle of the Philippine Sea

Escorted Admiral Joshima's Force B. Assisted the torpedoed HIYO and helped SHIGURE rescue survivors.

8-20 July:

Escorted KONGO, NAGATO and MOGAMI on troop transport mission from Kure to Okinawa, then via Manila to Lingga.

12-19 September:

Steamed from Lingga to Kure to pick up FUSO and YAMASHIRO.

22 September-4 October:

Escorted FUSO and YAMASHIRO from Kure to Lingga.

18-20 October:

Escorted fleet from Lingga to Brunei.

23-25 October: Battle of Leyte Gulf

Escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force.
Minor damage: on 24 October in air attacks due to near-misses and strafing. Assisted sinking MUSASHI, helped KIYOSHIMO rescue survivors, then to Manila.

27-29 October:

Departed Cavite Navy Yard, carrying emergency repair crews to Coron; then to Brunei.

9-12 November:

Escorted fleet out of Brunei into Sulu Sea in support of Leyte troop transport operations.

15 November:

Desdiv 17 reassigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.

16-24 November:

With YAHAGI, Desdiv 17 escorted YAMATO, NAGATO and KONGO from Brunei to Kure. On 21 November stood by sinking KONGO and rescued 146 survivors.

25 November:

Escorted NAGATO to Yokosuka.

28-29 November:

Escorted SHINANO from Yokosuka towards Inland Sea, then assisted torpedoed carrier and helped rescue survivors.

31 December 1944-25 January 1945:

Departed Moji, escorting RYUHO and Convoy HI-87 to Formosa. Medium damage: on 8 January in collision with KAIHO MARU at Shinchiku, Formosa; to Mako (Pescadores) for emergency repairs, then returned to Kure.

February-March 1945:

Repairs and training in the Inland Sea.

6-7 April:

Escorted YAMATO from Inland Sea on attack mission towards Okinawa. Sunk: on 7 April in attacks by aircraft of TF 58; hit by one bomb and one torpedo, then jack-knifed and sank, 150 miles southwest of Nagasaki (30-47 N, 128-08 E); 100 dead and 45 wounded; HATSUSHIMO rescued 257 survivors, including Commander Maekawa.

10 June 1945:

Removed from Navy List.

[Note 1] Reinforcement mission of 19-20 July 1943 O.B.: Main Body (Cover) under Comcrudiv 7 Rear Admiral Nishimura Shoji [39]: Crudiv 7 (KUMANO, SUZUYA), CHOKAI; Escort/Torpedo Force under Comdesron 3 Rear Admiral Ijuin Matsuji [43]: SENDAI, Desdiv 16 (YUKIKAZE), HAMAKAZE, KIYONAMI, YUGURE; Transport Force under Comdesdiv 30 Commander Orita Tsuneo [49]: Desdiv 30 (MIKAZUKI, MINAZUKI), MATSUKAZE. Anticipated enemy surface interference never materialized. Transport force succeeded in landing about 300 men and munitions on Kolombangara, but cover forces lost YUGURE and KIYONAMI and suffered damage to KUMANO in U.S. air attacks.


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