© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Shiratsuyu: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: "White Dew"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Sugitani Nagahide [51] (prev. C.O. YAYOI). Assigned to Desdiv 27 (SHIGURE, SHIRATSUYU, ARIAKE, YUGURE), Desron 1, First Fleet.

December 1941:

Desdiv 27 remained in Japanese home waters, guarding battleships and conducting antisubmarine patrols.

18-23 December:
Desdiv 27 departed Tokuyama to meet returning Pearl Harbor Striking Force, then escorted it into Hashirijima.

18 January-4 February 1942:

With SHIGURE (1st section, Desdiv 27) escorted convoys from Moji to Formosa and back to Kure.

17 February-2 March:

With SHIGURE, escorted ZUIHO from Yokosuka to Davao and back to Hashirijima.

15-25 April:

Desdiv 27 steamed from Sasebo to Mako (Pescadores) to meet SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU, then escorted them to Truk.

25 April:
Commander Sugitani (to C.O. UMIKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Hashimoto Kanematsu [55] (prev. C.O. KAMIKAZE).

7-8 May: Battle of the Coral Sea

Desdiv 27 escorted Admiral Takagi's Striking Force.

13-16 May:

With SHIGURE and ARIAKE, escorted MYOKO and HAGURO as distant cover to Ocean-Nauru occupation force; operation suspended due to detection of U.S. carrier force in the area.

17-22 May:

Desdiv 27 escorted MYOKO and HAGURO from Truk to Kure.

4-5 June: Battle of Midway

Desdiv 27 escorted Admiral Takasu's Aleutians Guard Force.

14 July:

Desdiv 27 reassigned to Desron 4, Second Fleet.

11-17 August:

Desdiv 27 escorted Second Fleet from Yokosuka to Truk. Desdiv 27 then temporarily attached to Fourth Fleet for strengthening of positions in Marshalls-area.

18-21 August:

Troop transport run from Truk to reoccupy Makin Atoll after U.S. raid.

22 August-5 September:

Out of Jaluit on Marshalls-area troop transport duty.

9-12 September:

Departed Jaluit, then scouted and bombarded Ndeni Island, looking for U.S. seaplane base. Then joined fleet patrolling north of the Solomons.

26-30 September:

Joined troop convoy at Palau then escorted it to Rabaul.

1-9 October:

Departed Rabaul, joined troop convoy from Palau, then escorted it via Rabaul to the Shortlands.

10 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

12 October:
With YURA, Desdiv 27 (minus ARIAKE) out of Shortlands to assume escort of returning NISSHIN and CHITOSE following the Battle of Cape Esperance.

13-16 October:

With AKIZUKI and Desdiv 2, Desdiv 27 (minus YUGURE) escorted troop convoy (“High Speed Convoy:” SADO MARU, AZUMASAN MARU, KYUSHU MARU, NANKAI MARU, SAKITO MARU and SASAKO MARU, lifting units of 2
nd Division) from Shortlands to Guadalcanal and back. KYUSHU MARU, AZUMASAN MARU and SASAKO MARU lost to air attacks and/or grounding, but all troops, tanks, and guns were successfully landed.

17 October:
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: Desdiv 27 (minus YUGURE) made up one of five transport groups that between them carried 2,159 soldiers, 6 field guns, ammo, etc., to Esperance and Tassafaronga (Desdiv 27) and brought out evacuees.

25 October:

Attack mission to Guadalcanal; assisted in sinking USS SEMINOLE (AT-65) and YP-284 and damaging USS ZANE (DMS-14).

2 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: With TENRYU, Desdiv 27 and seven other destroyers carried food, fuel, ammunition, and 240 soldiers to (and evacuated 65 from) Tassafaronga. Landings curtailed incomplete due to adverse weather and surf conditions.

5 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: With six other destroyers, Desdiv 27 carried about 200 soldiers apiece to Tassafaronga, total force also evacuating about 250 construction workers and wounded.

8 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: With six other destroyers, Desdiv 27 (minus ARIAKE) carried unspecified number of troops and provisions to Tassafaronga.

12-13 November: First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Desdiv 27 (minus ARIAKE) served as distant screening force to Admiral Abe's Bombardment Force so played no role in battle. Stood by crippled HIEI during air attacks and removed survivors, 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. Removed survivors from bombed HAYASHIO and scuttled with torpedo.

28-29 November:

Troop transport run to Buna, aborted due to air attack. Medium damage: in attack by B-17s; direct bomb hit on bow; casualties light but flooding severe; best speed nine knots. Arrived Rabaul on 30 November for emergency repairs.

18-22 December:

Steamed from Rabaul to Truk, then more repairs.

16-19 February 1943:

Steamed from Truk to Saipan, then more emergency repairs.

25 February-2 March:

Steamed from Saipan to Sasebo, then docked for repairs

20 July:

Desdiv 27 reassigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.

31 July-5 August:

With AKEBONO and USHIO, escorted UNYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

12-16 August:
With AKEBONO, USHIO, NOWAKI and MAIKAZE, escorted UNYO from Truk to Yokosuka.

26 August-2 September:

With AKEBONO, NOWAKI and MAIKAZE, escorted UNYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

14 September:
Lieutenant Commander Hashimoto (to C.O. KAZAGUMO) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Matsuda Kuro [55] (prev. C.O. HASU).

14-22 September:

Escorted MAMIYA from Truk to Yokosuka.

4-17 October:

Escorted convoys from Yokosuka via Truk to Rabaul.

23 October:

Transport run to Garove Island and Iboki.

26 October:

Troop transport run to Qavuvu.

29 October:

Troop transport run to Qavuvu.

2 November: Battle of Empress Augusta Bay

Attack mission to Bougainville; engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Medium damage: in collision with SAMIDARE; later strafed by aircraft; torpedo tubes and main battery director knocked out; four dead, two wounded.

6-8 November:

Steamed from Rabaul to Truk.

12-17 November:

Escorted MYOKO and HAGURO from Truk to Sasebo, then docked for repairs. (“X” turret probably removed/replaced by triple 25mm mount during this refit.)

24-29 December:

Escorted MYOKO, HAGURO and TONE from Kure to Truk.

2-5 January 1944:

Escorted MYOKO, HAGURO and TONE on troop transport run from Truk to Kavieng (4 January) and back.

11 January-1 February:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Yokosuka and back; on 31 January rescued survivors of torpedoed YASUKUNI MARU.

10-15 February:

With MICHISHIO and TAMANAMI, escorted MUSASHI and OYODO from Truk to Yokosuka.

24-29 February:

Escorted MUSASHI from Yokosuka to Palau.

9-24 March:

Escorted MYOKO, HAGURO and tanker convoy from Palau to Balikpapan, then escorted convoy back to Palau.

29 March-3 April:

Escorted MUSASHI from Palau to Kure.

21 April-18 May:

Escorted convoys from Shanghai-area via Manila (“Take” troop convoy), Bangka and Balikpapan to Tawitawi.

30-31 May:

Desdiv 27 escorted Crudiv 5 from Tawitawi to Davao to take part in Biak troop transport operations.

2 June:

Troop transport run to Biak (cover), aborted due to early enemy detection; then to Sorong on 4 June.

8 June:

Troop transport run to Biak (cover), aborted due to enemy interception. Minor damage: in air attacks due to strafing; four dead and five injured; later engaged Allied cruiser-destroyer group; then via Batjan to Davao on 12 June.

14-15 June:

Departed Davao, escorting 1st Supply Force. Sunk: in collision with tanker SEIYO MARU 90 miles southeast of Surigao Strait (09-09 N, 126-51 E), after which depth-charges exploded among survivors; 104 killed, including Lieutenant Commander Matsuda, and eight wounded.

10 August 1944:

Removed from Navy List.


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