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IJN Hatakaze: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Breeze in the Flag"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Iritono Atsuo [55]. Assigned to Desdiv 5 (ASAKAZE, HARUKAZE, MATSUKAZE, HATAKAZE), Desron 5, Third Fleet.

26-29 November 1941:
Desdiv 5 steamed with Desron 5 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).

7-10 December:
Departed Mako, then with Aparri (Philippines) invasion force.

22 December:
Desdiv 5 with Lingayen invasion force.

31 December 1941-18 January 1942:
Escorted troop convoys from Formosa to Singora (Malaya) and back. On 10 January helped FUBUKI and ASAKAZE rescue survivors of torpedoed transport AKITA MARU.

2-8 February:
Desdiv 5 escorted troop convoy from Formosa to Camranh Bay.

27 February:
Desdiv 5 with Western Java invasion force.

1 March: Battle of Sunda Strait
Contributed torpedoes to spreads that helped sink HMAS PERTH and USS HOUSTON (CA-30).

10 March:
Desron 5 deactivated; Desdiv 5 reassigned to First Southern Expeditionary Force, Southwest Area Fleet.

10-13 March:
Desdiv 5 escorted convoy from Java to Singapore.

19 March-28 April:
Escorted troop convoys from Singapore to Penang and Rangoon and back.

5 May:
Reassigned to Yokosuka Naval District.

6-15 May:
Escorted IRAKO from Singapore to Yokosuka, then docked for maintenance.

Tokyo Bay patrol/escort duties.

25 September-1 October:
Escorted UNYO from Kure to Truk.

1 October:
Departed Truk, escorting convoys to Rabaul and Palau.

24 November:
Arrived Yokosuka, then area patrol/escort duties.

27 November:
Lieutenant Commander Iritono (to C.O. HATSUSHIMO) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Kohara Shiro [57] (prev. C.O. SANAE).

2 March 1943:
Heavy damage:
at Yokosuka due to accidental explosion on stern.

25 June:
Lieutenant Commander Kohara relieved by Lieutenant Commander Okada Seiichi [60] (prev. C.O. YUNAGI).

22 September:
Departed Yokosuka, then Bonins-area convoy escort duties.

1 March 1944:
Lieutenant Commander Okada relieved by Lieutenant Takayanagi Chikamitsu [64].

22-30 March:
Escorted troop convoy Matsu No. 3 from Tokyo to Saipan.

17-25 May:
Escorted Convoy 3515 from Tateyama to Saipan.

31 May-8 June:
Escorted Convoy 4530 from Saipan to Yokosuka.

29 July-1 August:
Escorted Convoy No. 4804 from Tateyama to Chichi-jima.

4 August:
Departed Chichi-jima, escorting convoy back to Japan. Minor damage: in attacks by aircraft of TG 58.1, due to near-misses and strafing: rudder damaged, unknown number of casualties.

20 December:
Assigned to Escort Squadron 31, Fifth Fleet.

25 December:
Removed from Escort Squadron 31; attached directly to Combined Fleet.

31 December 1944-9 January 1945:
Escorted RYUHO and Convoy HI-87 from Moji to Takao.

15 January:
in U.S. air raid on Takao (22-37 N, 120-15 E). Number of survivors unknown, but included Lieutenant Takayanagi (to C.O. SUMIRE).

10 March 1945:
Removed from Navy List.

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