© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Kagero: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: "Gossamer"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Yokoi Minoru [49] (prev. C.O. ASASHIO). Assigned to Desdiv 18 (SHIRANUHI, KAGERO, KASUMI, ARARE), Desron 2, Second Fleet.

18-22 November 1941:
Desdiv 18 steamed with Desron 1 from Saeki to Etorofu (Kuriles).

7 December:

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's carrier striking force for the attack on Pearl Harbor; then arrived in Kure 24 December.

24 December:
Commander Yokoi relieved (due to illness, died in hospital 7 April 1943) by Commander Arimoto Terumichi [50] (prev. C.O. AKIGUMO).

8-14 January 1942:

Desdiv 18 escorted carrier force from Japan to Truk.

20 January:

Desdiv 18 escorted carrier force in air strikes on Rabaul.

21 January:

Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU in air strikes on Lae/Salamua.

23 January:

Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU covering Rabaul/Kavieng landings, then returned to Truk 29 January.

29 January-3 February:

Escorted SHOKAKU from Truk to Yokosuka, then training and defensive patrols in home waters.

17-24 March:

With ARARE and AKIGUMO, escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU from Yokosuka to Staring Bay (Celebes).

27 March:

Desdiv 18 departed Staring Bay, escorting carrier force in Indian Ocean raids.

5 April:

Air strikes on Colombo.

9 April:

Air strikes on Trincomalee.

23 April:

Arrived in Kure from Southern operations, then docked for repairs.

21-25 May:

Desdiv 18 steamed with Desron 2 from Kure to Saipan.

3-6 June: Battle of Midway

Desron 2 escorted Midway troop convoy.

17-23 June:

Desdiv 18 escorted KUMANO, SUZUYA and NICHIEI MARU from Truk to Kure.

25-29 June:

Out of Yokosuka to assist torpedoed tanker TONAN MARU NO. 3.

9 July-8 August:

Escorted transport KIKUKAWA MARU carrying emergency repair crews from Yokosuka to Kiska, then assisted in towing damaged KASUMI back to Japan.

20 July:

Reassigned to Desdiv 15 (OYASHIO, HAYASHIO, KUROSHIO), Desron 2, Second Fleet.

11-15 August:

Escorted JINTSU from Yokosuka to Truk.

16-18 August:

Troop transport run from Truk to Guadalcanal.

19-23 August:

Patrolled off Guadalcanal (alternating with KAWAKAZE).

23 August:

Bombarded Henderson Field.

24 August:

Joined by MUTSUKI, YAYOI, ISOKAZE and KAWAKAZE, then again bombarded Henderson Field.

25 August: Battle of Eastern Solomons

Joined escort of Guadalcanal troop convoy; removed Comdesron 2 (Rear Admiral Tanaka Raizo) from damaged JINTSU; then to the Shortlands on 26 August.

29-30 August:
Escorted TSUGARU out of Shortlands to tow damaged SHIRAKUMO.

31 August:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

2 September:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

5 September:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

8 September:

Attack mission to Guadalcanal.

13 September:

Gunfire support mission to Guadalcanal (Kawaguchi offensive).

16-20 September:

Escorted CHOKAI to Rabaul, then returned to Shortlands.

21 September:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Light damage: strafing aircraft caused waterline damage, flooded bow area.

22 September:

Departed Shortlands for repairs at Truk, then joined fleet patrolling north of the Solomons.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted Admiral Kurita's Support Force.

3-5 November:

Escorted SUZUYA and MAYA from Truk to Shortlands.

7 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

13-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal

Escorted Guadalcanal troop convoy. On 15 November joined OYASHIO in torpedo attack on USS WASHINGTON (BB-56).

16-17 November:

Escorted CHOKAI from Shortlands to Rabaul, then troop transport run to Buna.

21 November:

Out of Rabaul to assist damaged UMIKAZE.

27 November:

Arrived Shortlands from Rabaul.

30 November: Battle of Tassafaronga

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal. Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group.

3 December:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

7 December:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal, aborted due to PT-boat attack.

11 December:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

16 December:

Troop transport run from Rabaul to Munda. Minor damage: to hull in air attack due to near-miss.

21 December:

Troop transport run to Munda.

1 January 1943:

Arrived Shortlands from Rabaul.

2 January:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

9-17 January:

Escorted convoy from Shortlands to Truk, then repairs.

31 January-9 February:

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons to cover the Guadalcanal evacuation.

16-21 February:

Escorted JUNYO from Truk to Kure, then docked for repairs.

22-27 March:

With HATSUZUKI, SUZUTSUKI and YUGURE, escorted JUNYO and HIYO from Kure to Truk.

24-29 April:

Steamed from Truk via Rabaul to Shortlands, then troop transport run to Kolombangara.

3 May:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara.

7-8 May:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara. Sunk: when leaving Vila (Kolombangara) was disabled by mine, then suffered further damage in air attacks due to near-misses and strafing; finally sank southwest of Rendova (08-08 S, 156-55 E). 18 killed, 36 wounded; Commander Arimoto (to Instructor, Torpedo School) among survivors. For details see The Destruction of DesDiv 15

20 June 1943:

Removed from Navy List.


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