© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Oshio: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: "Tide Running Full"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Kikkawa Kiyoshi [50] (prev. C.O. KAWAKAZE). Assigned to Desdiv 8 (OSHIO, ASASHIO, ARASHIO, MICHISHIO), Desron 2, Second Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 8, Captain Abe Toshio [46].

29 November-2 December 1941:

Desdiv 8 steamed from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).

4-24 December:
Desdiv 8 escorted Admiral Kondo's Southern Force Main Body out of Mako as distant cover to Malaya and Philippine invasion forces.

31 December 1941-5 January 1942:

Desdiv 8 escorted 3rd Malaya troop convoy from Mako towards Singora, then put into Hong Kong.

11 January:

Desdiv 8 departed Hong Kong, escorting troop convoy to Davao.

31 January:

Desdiv 8 with Ambon invasion force.

8 February:

Desdiv 8 with Makassar invasion force.

18 February:

Desdiv 8 with Bali/Lombok invasion force.

19-20 February: Battle of Badoeng Strait

Was guarding transport SASAGO MARU off Bali when Allied ships attacked. Assisted ASASHIO in sinking of PIET HEIN and damage to TROMP and USS STEWART (DD-224), later rescued 10 PIET HEIN survivors. Medium damage: suffered unspecified shell hits with seven dead.

22 February-10 April:

Emergency repairs at Makassar.

10 April:

Desdiv 8 reassigned to Desron 4, Second Fleet.

10-22 April:

Steamed from Makassar via Formosa to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.

15 May-29 December:

Designated a "Special Duty Ship" while under repair in Japan.

25 May-20 December:
Commander Kikkawa (to C.O. YUDACHI) relieved; command then rotated among various officers while under repair.

14 July:
Desdiv 8 reassigned to "Special Reserve."

20 December:
Commander Hirose Hiromu [51] (prev. C.O. HARUSAME) appointed ship's captain.

29 December 1942-9 January 1943:

Reassigned to Desdiv 8, then steamed from Maizuru via Rabaul to the Shortlands.

10 January:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

22 January:

Escorted a transport carrying construction units from Rabaul to Kolombangara.

1 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

4 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

7 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal (cover).

13 February:
Departed Rabaul with ARASHIO, escorting two transports to Wewak.

20 February:

Sunk: during return from transport duty to Wewak, torpedoed by USS ALBACORE (SS-218) and went dead in the water. ARASHIO attempted to tow but the keel finally buckled and ship sank 70 miles northwest of Manus Island (00-50 S, 146-06 E). Eight killed; survivors, including Commander Hirose (to C.O. SHIMAKAZE), rescued by ARASHIO.

1 April 1943:

Removed from Navy List.


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