© 1997 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Nokaze: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: "Wind over the Field"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Kawahashi Akifumi [54]. Assigned to Desdiv 1 (KAMIKAZE, NAMIKAZE, NUMAKAZE, NOKAZE), Ominato Guard District.

4 December 1941:
Departed Ominato, then Hokkaido-Kuriles patrol/escort duties.

15 April 1942:
Lieutenant Commander Kawahashi (to C.O. SHIKINAMI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Tokiwa Teizo [58].

25 May 1942:
Participated in Aleutians Islands attack operations.

9 October:
Departed Ominato, then Hokkaido-area patrol/escort duties.

10 December:
Departed Ominato, then Hokkaido-Yokosuka convoy escort duties.

17 May-15 June 1943:
Reassigned directly to Fifth Fleet, then back to Desdiv 1.

1 July:
Departed Ominato, then supported Kiska evacuation.

5 August:
Hokkaido-Kuriles convoy escort duties.

10 November:
Lieutenant Commander Tokiwa (to C.O. INAZUMA) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Ebihara Taro [59] (prev. C.O. FUMIZUKI). Lieutenant Commander Ebihara assigned added duty as Comdesdiv 1 following death of Commander Watanabe Yasumasa [49] on 18 December.

21 December 1943-2 February 1944:
Docked at Hakodate for repairs and refitting.

15 February:
Departed Ominato, then resumed Hokkaido-Kuriles convoy escort duties.

21 December:
Docked at Ominato for maintenance.

10 January 1945:
Attached to Combined Fleet.

26 January:
Departed Moji, escorting Convoy HI-91 towards Singapore; later detached to Mako.

11February:
Departed Mako to meet and augment the screen of northbound ISE and HYUGA. Joined on 14th but released and ordered to Singapore the next day.

20 February:
Sunk: torpedoed by USS PARGO (SS-264) off Cape Varella in the South China Sea (12-48 N, 109-38 E). Exploded violently, 209 killed; KAMIKAZE rescued 21 survivors, including Lieutenant Commander Ebihara. Last of 39 Japanese destroyers to fall victim to U.S. submarines during the war.

10 April 1945:
Removed from Navy List.


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