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IJN Hokaze: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Wind in the Sails"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Makoshi Masahiro [57]. Assigned to Desdiv 3 (SHIOKAZE, HOKAZE), Cardiv 4, First Air Fleet.

28 November-12 December 1941:
Escorted KASUGA MARU (TAIYO) from Sasebo via Takao to Palau, then back to Tokuyama; then training in the Inland Sea.

10 January 1942:
Desdiv 3 deactivated; assigned directly to Cardiv 4.

4-9 February:
Escorted SHOHO from Yokosuka to Truk, then training with SHOHO out of that base.

10 April:
Reassigned directly to Fifth Fleet. Lieutenant Commander Makoshi (later to C.O. HAGIKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Tanaka Tomoo [57].

11 April:
Arrived Yokosuka, then docked for upkeep.

29 April:
Departed Yokosuka, escorting NACHI, then antisubmarine patrolling around Atsugishi.

28 May:
Arrived Ominato, then with Kiska invasion force.

3-13 July:
Steamed from Attu to Tateyama for maintenance and supplies.

4 August:
Departed Yokosuka, escorting KIMIKAWA MARU to Kiska.

26 September-2 October:
Steamed from Kiska to Yokosuka for maintenance and supplies.

1 October:
Assigned to 1st Surface Escort Division, Southwest Area Fleet.

3 November:
Departed Moji, then escorting convoys between Japan and Formosa.

1 March 1943:
At Ishikawa-jima shipyard for repairs and modifications; sonar installed.

11 April:
Departed Yokosuka, then Balikpapan-area convoy escort duties.

15 May:
Lieutenant Commander Tanaka (to C.O. URANAMI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Yoshinaga Gen [61].

27 June:
Departed Surabaya, escorting convoy towards Rabaul. Medium damage: on 1 July, torpedoed by USS THRESHER (SS-200) in Makassar Strait: bow badly damaged.

3 July:
Arrived Makassar for emergency repairs, then to Surabaya for more repairs.

18 October-28 November:
Escorted convoys from Surabaya to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.

15 November:
1st Surface Escort Division reassigned to General Escort Command.

1 March 1944:
Lieutenant Commander Yoshinaga (to C.O. AMAGIRI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Someya Eiichi [63].

21 March:
Departed Yokosuka, escorting convoy to Tsingtao.

5 April:
Reassigned directly to Ninth Fleet for western New Guinea operations.

15-23 April:
Escorted troop convoy Matsu No. 6 from Tokyo to Saipan.

5 May:
Reassigned to Fourth Southern Expeditionary Fleet, Southwest Area Fleet.

26 June-1 July:
Escorted convoy from Halmahera to Ambon.

2-5 July:
Emergency run from Ambon to Tahuna, Sangi Island, to collect 118 survivors of torpedoed YAMAMIYA MARU.

6 July:
Departed Tahuna for Halmahera. Sunk: torpedoed by USS PADDLE (SS-263) in the Celebes Sea, 105 miles north-northeast of Menado (03-24 N,125-28 E). Number of survivors unknown, but Lieutenant Commander Someya and over half the YAMAMIYA MARU rescuees killed in action.

10 September 1944:
Removed from Navy List.

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