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IJN Yugure: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Twilight"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Kamo Kiyoshi [52] (prev. C.O.SHIRATSUYU). 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.

12-17 January 1942:

With ARIAKE (2nd section, Desdiv 27) and Desdiv 7, escorted HIRYU and SORYU from Hashirijima to Palau.

21-28 January:

With ARIAKE, USHIO and SAZANAMI, escorted HIRYU and SORYU out of Palau for air strikes on Ambon.

19 February:

With ARIAKE, joined escort of Admiral Nagumo's carrier force out of Palau in air strikes on Port Darwin, then to Staring Bay (Celebes) on 21 February.

25 February-11 March:

With ARIAKE, continued escort of carrier force out of Staring Bay in operations south of Java.

11-22 March:

With ARIAKE, escorted convoy from Staring Bay via the Bonins to Sasebo.

15-25 April:

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

7-8 May: Battle of the Coral Sea

With Desdiv 7 (minus SAZANAMI), Desdiv 27 escorted Admiral Takagi's Striking Force; with USHIO, detached to escort damaged SHOKAKU to the rear before rejoining at Truk.

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 Gilbert Islands-area.

18-30 August:

Departed Truk for Jaluit, then on 22-23 August bombarded and on 26 August occupied Ocean Island with ship's landing party (relieved by garrison unit on 1 September).Then steamed from Jaluit to the Shortlands.

2 September:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: With KAGERO, landed about 150 men and supplies at Taivu.

5 September:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: With FUBUKI, SHIRAYUKI, AMAGIRI, and KAGERO, landed 370 men plus food and ammunition at Taivu.

8 September:

Attack mission to Guadalcanal: In response to enemy landings at Taivu, SENDAI and 8 destroyers sortied Shortlands to attack, but succeeded only in sinking YP-346 off Tulagi.


Attached to Cardiv 11 (seaplane carriers) for transport and escort duties; completed seven missions between Shortlands and Rekata.

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.

1 November:
Lieutenant Commander Kamo promoted to Commander.

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.

28 November-3 December:

Steamed from Truk via Rabaul to Shortlands.

3 December:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover). With NAGANAMI and MAKINAMI, served as guard force for seven other destroyers carrying supply-drums to Tassafaronga.

18-23 December:

Escorted convoys between Shortlands and Rabaul.

26-27 December:

Troop transport run from Rabaul via the Shortlands to New Georgia: With URAKAZE, TANIKAZE, ISONAMI, INAZUMA and ARASHIO, carried 600 troops to occupy Wickham Anchorage.

1-4 January 1943:

Escorted convoy from Rabaul to Truk.

7-12 January:

With INAZUMA, ISONAMI, ASASHIO, and ARIAKE, escorted ZUIKAKU, MUTSU and SUZUYA from Truk to Kure.

14-30 January:
At Sasebo for maintenance and refitting: twin 25mm machine guns replace single 40mm abreast aft funnel.

3-9 February:
Escorted convoy from Sasebo to Tsingtao.

12-21 February:

Escorted troop convoy (4
th section of Operation HEI No. 3) from Tsingtao to Palau. [Note 1]

22-26 February:
With SATSUKI and FUMIZUKI, continued escort of same convoy from Palau to Wewak.

28 February-2 March:

Aircrew (ground-support units of ZUIHO) transport run from Wewak to Truk.

8-13 March:

With HAGIKAZE, escorted CHUYO from Truk to Yokosuka.

22-27 March:

With HATSUZUKI, SUZUTSUKI and KAGERO, escorted JUNYO and HIYO from Saeki to Truk.

8-13 May:

With NAGANAMI, SAMIDARE, and USHIO, escorted YAMATO, CHUYO, UNYO, MYOKO and HAGURO from Truk to Yokosuka.

10-12 June:

With ARIAKE, departed Yokosuka, escorting HIYO to Truk; then assisted torpedoed HIYO and escorted ISUZU towing carrier back to Yokosuka.

16-21 June:

Part of larger fleet deployment, Desdiv 27 (minus SHIRATSUYU) escorted RYUHO from Yokosuka to Truk.

21-28 June:
At Truk for maintenance and refitting: twin 25mm machine guns added on bandstand forward of bridge.

6-9 July:

Escorted SENDAI from Truk to Shortlands;

9-10 July:
Troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover): With YUKIKAZE, TANIKAZE and HAMAKAZE, guard force for reinforcement mission from Shortlands to Vila and back.

12 July: Battle of Kolombangara

Troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover). With YUKIKAZE, HAMAKAZE and KIYONAMI, contributed torpedoes to spreads that sank USS GWIN (DD-433) and damaged USS HONOLULU (CL-48) and ST. LOUIS (CL-49).

19-20 July:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover) [Note 2]: Sunk: by U.S. Marine Avengers from Guadalcanal; took direct 2,000-pound bomb hit amidships and blew up, north-northwest of Kolombangara (07-25 S, 156-45 E). Rescue destroyer KIYONAMI was also sunk, apparently leaving no survivors from among the entire combined KIYONAMI-YUGURE crews of 468 men. (But one report indicates a sole survivor from KIYONAMI.)

15 October 1943:

Removed from Navy List.

[Note 1] HEI No. 3, 4
th Section: JUZAN MARU, SHINKYO MARU, and ARATAMA MARU lifting elements of 41st Division, escorted by YUGURE from Tsingtao via Palau to Wewak, 12-26 February 1943. SATSUKI and FUMIZUKI joined escort at Palau (21-22 February).

[Note 2] Reinforcement mission of 19-20 July 1943 O.B.: Main Body (Cover) under Comcrudiv 7 Rear Admiral Nishimura Shoji [39]: Crudiv 7 (KUMANO, SUZUYA), CHOKAI; Escort/Torpedo Force under Comdesron 3 Rear Admiral Ijuin Matsuji [43]: SENDAI, Desdiv 16 (YUKIKAZE), HAMAKAZE, KIYONAMI, YUGURE; Transport Force under Comdesdiv 30 Commander Orita Tsuneo [49]: Desdiv 30 (MIKAZUKI, MINAZUKI), MATSUKAZE. Expected enemy surface interference never materialized. Transport force succeeded in landing about 300 men and munitions on Kolombangara, but cover forces lost YUGURE and KIYONAMI and suffered serious damage to KUMANO in U.S. air attacks.

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