© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Hayashimo: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation:"Early Frost"

20 February 1944:
Completed at Maizuru; assigned same date to Desron 11, First Fleet, for training. Ship's captain: Commander Arai Yasuo [53] (prev. C.O. ASAGIRI).

24 February:

Desron 11 reassigned to Combined Fleet.

2 April:
Commander Arai relieved by Lieutenant Commander Hirayama Toshio [55] (prev. C.O. AKISHIMO).

30 April:

Assigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.

11-16 May:

Escorted JUNYO, HIYO and RYUHO from Saeki to Tawitawi.

19-20 June: Battle of the Philippine Sea

Escorted Admiral Joshima's Force B.

1-12 July:

Escorted MYOKO and HAGURO on troop transport mission from Kure via Manila and Zamboanga to Singapore.

15 August:

Assigned to Desdiv 2 (HAYASHIMO, AKISHIMO, KIYOSHIMO), Desron 2, Second Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 2, Captain Shiraishi Nagayoshi [49] (prev. C.O. URAKAZE).

18-20 October:

Escorted fleet from Lingga to Brunei.

23-26 October: Battle of Leyte Gulf

Escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force. Damaged: on 25 October during air attacks in Battle off Samar; nature and extent of damage unknown. Fell behind fleet, then was escorted toward Coron by AKISHIMO until 26 October, when latter was ordered to rejoin fleet. Sunk: after losing bow to torpedo in renewed air attacks on 26 October, was grounded and sank in shallow water off Semirara Island, 40 miles southeast of Mindoro (12-50 N, 121-21 E). Salvage attempts and sporadic air attacks continued through 12 November, when last of crew finally abandoned ship. Approximately 120 survivors, including Comdesdiv 2 (Captain Shiraishi) and Lieutenant Commander Hirayama (to C.O. SUZUTSUKI).

10 January 1945:

Removed from Navy List.


[1] Editorial Note - The lack of text records for Hayashimo makes the available photographs particularly useful for filling in the story. The torpedo hit on October 26 was obtained around 1100 by a plane from USS Hornet. It struck the extreme bow, portside around frame 12, and collapsed the forecastle deck forward of No.1 turret. When abandoned, the destroyer was still upright, but with fantail submerged to top of No.3 turret. The abandoned wreck was shelled briefly again at 1340 December 15 1944 by USS Walke during the Mindoro invasion and set afire again, but the damage is unknown.- (Tully)


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