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IJN Hinoki: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Cypress"

30 September 1944:
Completed at Yokosuka; assigned same date to Desron 11, Combined Fleet, for training. Ship's captain: Lieutenant (s.g.) Yamaguchi Osamu [64] (prev. C.O. ASAKAZE).

15 October:
Lieutenant Yamaguchi promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

25 October-2 November:
Escorted RYUHO and KAIYO on transport mission from Sasebo to Keelung, then back to Kure.

15 November:

Assigned to Desdiv 52 (HINOKI, KUWA, MOMI, SUGI, KASHI), Desron 11, Combined Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 52, Commander Iwagami Juichi [50].

20 November:

Desdiv 52 reassigned to Escort Squadron 31, Fifth Fleet.

17-19 December:

Departed Kure, escorting UNRYU on transport mission to Manila. When carrier was torpedoed and sunk by USS REDFISH (SS-395), counterattacked and damaged sub with depth charges; then to Takao.

22-24 December:
Steamed from Takao to Manila.

25-28 December:
Steamed from Manila via Camranh Bay to Cape St. Jacques.

31 December 1944-4 January 1945:
Escorted victualling storeship IKUTAGAWA MARU from Cape St. Jacques to Manila.

5-6 January:

With MOMI and IKUTAGAWA MARU, departed Manila for Cape St. Jacques, but destroyers turned back after engaging USS BENNION (DD-662). Medium damage: in attack by aircraft of TF 77.4.1; temporarily disabled by torpedo hit, with 21 killed and 45 wounded, but was able to return to Manila.

7 January:

Again departed Manila. Sunk: by shellfire of USS CHARLES AUSBURNE (DD-570), USS BRAINE (DD-630), USS RUSSELL (DD-414) and USS SHAW (DD-373) in outer approaches to Manila Bay (14-30 N, 119-30 E); lost with all hands, including Comdesdiv 52 (Commander Iwagami).

10 April 1945:

Removed from Navy List.

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