© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Yugumo: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation:"Evening Clouds"

5 December 1941:
Completed at Maizuru, then training and antisubmarine duty in the Tokyo-Yokosuka area. Ship's captain: Commander Semba Shigeo [50] (prev. C.O. URANAMI).

14 March 1942:

Assigned to Desdiv 10 (KAZAGUMO, MAKIGUMO, YUGUMO).

10 April:

Desdiv 10 (AKIGUMO added this date) assigned to Desron 10, First Air Fleet.

4-5 June: Battle of Midway

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force.

24 June-7 July:

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutians.

14 July:

Desron 10 reassigned to Third Fleet.

16 August:

Departed Kure, escorting fleet towards Truk.

24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force.

September-October:

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted Admiral Abe's Vanguard 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.

13-14 November: Naval Battles of Guadalcanal

Escorted Admiral Nishimura's Bombardment Force.

16-17 November:

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

22 November:

Troop transport run to Buna.

28-29 November:

Troop transport run to Buna, aborted due to air attack.

8 December:

Troop transport run to Buna, aborted due to air attack.

11-14 December:

Troop transport run to Buna, via the Admiralties to avoid air attack.

16-21 December:

With KAZAGUMO and MAKIGUMO, escorted Wewak attack force (auxiliary cruiser KIYOZUMI MARU carrying a battalion of 5th Division from Ambon) from Rabaul to Wewak and back.

23-29 December:

Steamed from Truk to Japan, then docked for repairs.

9-27 January 1943:

Steamed from Japan via Truk and Rabaul to the Shortlands.

1 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

4 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

7 February:

Troop evacuation run to Russell Islands.

12-16 February:

Steamed from Shortlands to Palau.

17-24 February:

With KAZAGUMO, escorted troop convoy (1
st Section of HEI No. 3: OI, KITAKAMI, SANUKI MARU and SAGARA MARU, lifting elements of 41st Division from Tsingtao) from Palau to Wewak and back.

6-12 March:

With KAZAGUMO, AKIGUMO, SAMIDARE and SATSUKI, escorted troop convoy (Hansa No. 1: No. 1 Shinsei Maru, Momoyama Maru, Yasushima Maru, Oyo Maru, Aso Maru, Teiryu Maru, Sydney Maru, lifting units of 20
th Division)from Palau to Hansa Bay; then with KAZAGUMO and SATSUKI to Rabaul on 14 March.

19 March:

Transport run to Tuluvu (New Britain).

24-31 March:

Escorted convoys between Rabaul and Shortlands.

1 April:

Troop transport run from Shortlands to Kolombangara.

2 April:

Transport run to Buka.

3 April:
When KAZAGUMO struck mine near Kahili, became flagship of Comdesdiv 10 (Captain Yoshimura Matake [45]).

5 April:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara.

11 April:

Transport run to Tuluvu.

18-21 April:

Escorted seaplane carrier KAMIKAWA MARU from Rabaul to Truk.

3-8 May:

With AGANO, AKIGUMO and YUKIKAZE, escorted ZUIKAKU and ZUIHO from Truk to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.

23 May:
Transferred the ashes of Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku from MUSASHI to Yokosuka Naval Station.

25 May:
Commander Semba (to Flag Secretary, Naval College) relieved by Commander Osako Higashi [50] (prev. C.O. YUNAGI).

10-13 June:

Desdiv 10 (YUGUMO, KAZAGUMO, AKIGUMO) steamed from Yokosuka to Paramushiro.

7-17 July:

Initial troop evacuation run to Kiska, aborted due to weather.

22 July-1 August:

Second troop evacuation run to Kiska, successful on 29 July. With ABUKUMA, KISO, and five other destroyers, assigned to transport unit. Removed 479 evacuees.

3-6 August:

Desdiv 10 escorted MAYA from Paramushiro to Yokosuka.

17-24 August:

With AKIGUMO, escorted ATAGO, TAKAO and TAIYO from Yokosuka to Truk as part of larger fleet deployment.

6-8 September:

Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.

21 September:
Captain Yoshimura (to C.O. YAHAGI) relieved as Comdesdiv 10 by Captain Amano Shigetaka [47]. Desdiv flag transferred back to KAZAGUMO.

28 September:

Troop evacuation run to Kolombangara (cover).

2 October:

Troop evacuation run to Kolombangara (cover).

6-7 October: Battle of Vella Lavella

Troop evacuation run to Vella Lavella (cover). Single-handedly charged U.S. destroyers, irreparably damaging USS CHEVALIER (DD-451) with a torpedo. Sunk: by gunfire and at least one torpedo from USS CHEVALIER and USS SELFRIDGE (DD-357), 15 miles northwest of Vella Lavella (07-33 S, 156-14 E); 138 killed. U.S. PT-boats rescued 78 survivors and another 25 reached friendly lines in an abandoned U.S. lifeboat, but Commander Osako killed in action.

1 December 1943:

Removed from Navy List.


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