© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Inazuma: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Lightning"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Takeuchi Hajime [52] (prev. C.O. YUZUKI). Assigned to Desdiv 6 (HIBIKI, AKATSUKI, IKAZUCHI, INAZUMA), Desron 1, First Fleet.

29 November-2 December 1941:

Desdiv 6 steamed from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores)

4-8 December:

Departed Mako, then with Hong Kong invasion force. Assisted ISUZU in sinking gunboats HMS CICADA and HMS ROBIN, then secured captured shipping in harbor.

24 December 1941-6 January 1942:

Departed Hong Kong, then escorted ASHIGARA from Formosa to Davao; then operated out of that base as distant cover to Menado invasion force through 14 January.

20 January:

Medium damage: in collision with storeship SENDAI MARU at Davao, then alongside AKASHI for emergency repairs.

29 January-17 February:

Docked at Mako for repairs.

21-26 February:

Escorted MYOKO from Formosa to Makassar.

1 March:

Assisted in sinking of HMS EXETER, HMS ENCOUNTER and USS POPE (DD-225); claimed two torpedo hits on EXETER, then rescued 376 survivors.

3 March:

Returned to scene of battle to rescue 151 POPE survivors.

12 March:

Arrived in Subic Bay, then assisted in operations to secure the Philippines.

19-26 March:

Escorted convoy from Subic Bay to Kure, then docked at Yokosuka for maintenance.

22-26 May:

Escorted TAKAO and MAYA from Kure to Ominato.

3-5 June: Battle of Midway

Escorted Admiral Hosogaya's Northern Force Main Body.

11-18 June:

Kiska-Attu patrol/escort duties.

28 June-10 July:

Kiska-area antisubmarine patrolling; on 5 July rescued 36 NENOHI survivors.

15-31 July:

Docked at Yokosuka for maintenance, then resumed Northern Area patrol/escort duties.

12-15 August:

Transport run from Paramushiro to Kiska.

15-20 August:

Towed damaged SHIRANUHI from Kiska to Shimushu.

29-31 August:

Steamed from Ominato to Kure.


Training with JUNYO and HIYO in Inland Sea.

4-9 October:

Escorted JUNYO and HIYO from Saeki to Truk, then joined fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.

22-26 October:

Escorted disabled HIYO into Truk.

1 November:

Lieutenant Commander Takeuchi promoted to Commander.

6 November:

Commander Takeuchi (to C.O. KUROSHIO) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Terauchi Masamichi [55] (prev. C.O. KURI).

12-13 November: First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Escorted Admiral Abe's Bombardment Force. Claimed sinking a cruiser with torpedoes, then escorted KIRISHIMA to the rear.

14-15 November: Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Escorted Admiral Kondo's Emergency Bombardment Force. With NAGARA in assault on enemy destroyers, assisted in sinking USS BENHAM (DD-397), USS WALKE (DD-416), and USS PRESTON (DD-379) and damaging USS GWIN (DD-433); then to Truk on 18 November.

20-22 November:

Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.

23-24 November:

Transport run to Lae/Salamua, aborted due to air attack.

1 December:

Troop transport run to Buna.

8 December:

Troop transport run to Buna, aborted due to air attack.

11-14 December:

Troop transport run to Buna, via the Admiralties to avoid air attack.

16-20 December:

With TENRYU, ARASHIO, SUZUKAZE, and ISONAMI, escorted Madang attack force (auxiliary cruisers AIKOKU MARU and GOKOKU MARU carrying two battalions of 5th Division from Ambon) from Rabaul to Madang and back.

26-27 December:

Troop transport run from Rabaul via the Shortlands to New Georgia.

2 January 1943:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal; detached to escort damaged SUZUKAZE back to Shortlands.

5-7 January:

Steamed from Rabaul to Truk.

7-12 January:

With ISONAMI, ARIAKE, YUGURE and ASASHIO, escorted ZUIKAKU, MUTSU and SUZUYA from Truk to Kure, then to Yokosuka for maintenance.

12-28 January:
While at Yokosuka, twin 13mm machine guns added on bandstand forward of bridge.

5-9 February:

Escorted convoy from Yokosuka to Ominato, then Northern Area patrol/escort duties.

26 March: Battle of the Komandorskis

During escort of troop convoy from Paramushiro to Attu (aborted), engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Escorted transports to the rear so saw no action in battle.

1 April:

Desdiv 6 reassigned as cadre to Desron 11, First Fleet.

13-16 April:

Escorted ABUKUMA from Paramushiro to Yokosuka, then docked for maintenance.

5-11 May:

Escorted KATORI from Yokosuka to Truk.

14 May-4 June:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back.

7-28 June:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back.

1-26 July:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back.

27 July-17 August:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back.

21 August-19 September:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back.

26 September-6 October:

Escorted convoys from Truk via Saipan to Yokosuka, then docked for maintenance.

1-13 November:

Escorted convoy from Yokosuka to Truk.

20 November:

Lieutenant Commander Terauchi (to C.O. YUKIKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Tokiwa Teizo [58] (prev. C.O. NOKAZE).

20 November-10 December:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back; on 4 December rescued survivors of torpedoed transport HIYOSHI MARU.

14-19 December:

Troop transport run from Truk to Kusaie and back.

21 December:

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

27 December 1943-2 January 1944:

With HIBIKI, escorted HIYO and RYUHO from Truk to Kure.

12 January-19 February:

With HIBIKI, escorted KAIYO from Kure to Manila, Singapore, Tarakan, Palau and Truk and back.

25 February:

Desron 11 reassigned to Combined Fleet.

1-12 March:

With HIBIKI, escorted CHIYODA from Yokosuka via Saipan and Guam to Palau.

15-24 March:

With HIBIKI, escorted CHIYODA from Palau to Balikpapan and back.

27 March-10 April:

With HIBIKI, escorted CHIYODA from Palau via Balikpapan and Davao to Kure, then docked for maintenance.

10-30 April:
While at Kure, “X” turret removed/replaced by two triple 25mm mounts; additional twin and triple mounts also added. Details of any further modifications (including radar) unknown.

3-9 May:

With HIBIKI, ASAGAO and TAIYO, escorted tanker convoy (HI-61) from Moji to Manila.

11-14 May:

With HIBIKI, departed Manila, escorting tanker convoy (NICHIEI MARU, TATEKAWA MARU, AZUSA MARU) to Balikpapan. Sunk: torpedoed by USS BONEFISH (SS-223) in the Celebes Sea near Tawitawi (05-08 N, 119-38 E). Blew up and sank with 161 dead, including Comdesdiv 6 (Commander Tomura Kiyoshi [49]) and Commander Tokiwa. HIBIKI rescued 125 survivors.

10 June 1944:

Removed from Navy List.

[1] Editorial Note - Significantly, "After the wreck of HMS Exeter was discovered by MV Empress in 2007 it was confirmed that there was in fact two torpedo hits -" (as notice Inazuma always claimed) "- rather than "just one as survivors had reported seeing hit after they had abandoned ship. Damage from that hit amidships is now only visible on the bottom of the wreck (as she lays on her starboard side, the side the torpedo hit), whereas the unreported hit just forward of A Turret has almost severed the bow.." Inazuma's report did not state the location of her two hits on Exeter. The wreck survey neatly fills this in. - (Quoted details provided by Kevin Denlay - Tully)

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