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IJN Makinami: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation:"Swirling Waves"

18 August 1942:
Completed at Maizuru. Ship's captain: Commander Hitomi Toyoji [50] (prev. C.O. SHIRAKUMO).

31 August:

Assigned to Desdiv 31 (NAGANAMI, MAKINAMI), Desron 2, Second Fleet.

6-10 September:

Escorted KONGO and HARUNA from Kure to Truk, then joined fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.

13-14 October:

Escorted KONGO and HARUNA in bombardment of Henderson Field.

15-16 October:

Escorted MYOKO and MAYA in bombardment of Henderson Field.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted Admiral Kondo's Advance Force.

3-5 November:

Escorted SUZUYA and MAYA from Truk to Shortlands.

7 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

10 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

13-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal

Escorted Guadalcanal troop convoy. On 14 November rescued 1,020 survivors from sunken transport ARIZONA MARU.

24 November:

Escorted convoy from Shortlands to Munda.

30 November: Battle of Tassafaronga

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal. Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Did not launch torpedoes due to encumbrance of supply-drums.

3 December:

2nd supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover). With NAGANAMI and YUGURE, served as guard force for seven other destroyers carrying supply-drums to Tassafaronga. Minor damage: in air attack due to near-misses.

16 December:

Troop transport run to Munda.

21 December:

Troop transport run to Munda.

2 January 1943:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover).

10 January:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

27 January:

Became flagship of Comdesron 3 (Rear Admiral Hashimoto Shintaro [41]) for Guadalcanal troop evacuation.

1 February:

Led troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal (cover). Medium damage: in air attacks en route to Guadalcanal: near-miss flooded engineering spaces and left dead in water; Admiral Hashimoto transferred to SHIRAYUKI; towed by FUMIZUKI to the Shortlands.

6-8 February:

Steamed from Shortlands to Rabaul, then to Truk for emergency repairs.

24 April:

Arrived Maizuru from Truk, then docked for repairs.

20 May-10 September:
Commander Hitomi assigned added duty as C.O. HATSUHARU and SHIRANUHI (also under repair.)

15 September:

Repairs completed; departed Maizuru for Shanghai.

24 September-5 October:

With HIBIKI and YAMAGUMO, escorted troop convoy (Operation T2: HEIAN MARU, GOKOKU MARU, KIYOZUMI MARU and AKITSUSHIMA, lifting units of 17
th Division) from Shanghai via Truk (2 October) to Rabaul; then back to Truk on 9 October.

17-26 October:

Escorted fleet from Truk to Eniwetok in anticipation of U.S. carrier raids, then returned.

6 November:

Cape Torokina counter-landing: troop transport run from Rabaul to Bougainville (cover).

11 November:

Following U.S. air raid on Rabaul, towed crippled NAGANAMI into port.

19 November:
Troop transport/evacuation run to Garove Island.

21 November:

Troop transport/evacuation run to Buka (cover).

24-25 November: Battle of Cape St. George

Troop transport/evacuation run to Buka (cover). Sunk: after being crippled by torpedo from USS CHARLES AUSBURNE (DD-570), USS CLAXTON (DD-571) or USS DYSON (DD-572), was finished off by gunfire of USS CONVERSE (DD-509) and USS SPENCE (DD-512), 55 miles east-southeast of Cape St. George (05-14 S, 153-50 E). Twenty-eight survivors later reached shore in a boat, but Commander Hitomi killed in action.

10 February 1944:

Removed from Navy List.

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