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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by Berend » 20 Aug 2021 04:54

Hello Fontessa and IJN Admiral,

there are more picturtes of Kashino. Unfortunartely none show the entire ship. You can see them in:
Album of Major Takamasa Yasuma, who served as the chief of the Shinano army surgeon.
This photo album can be seen in the blog as printed on the 2 last pictures posted by IJN Admiral (http://kaigungunso.blog.fc2.com/). They are 2 out of a series of 16 pictures. This is the direct link to the album:
https://kaigungunso-blog-fc2-com.transl ... r_sch=http

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by fontessa » 20 Aug 2021 10:06

Berend wrote:
20 Aug 2021 04:54
Hello Fontessa and IJN Admiral,

there are more picturtes of Kashino. Unfortunartely none show the entire ship. You can see them in:
Album of Major Takamasa Yasuma, who served as the chief of the Shinano army surgeon.
This photo album can be seen in the blog as printed on the 2 last pictures posted by IJN Admiral (http://kaigungunso.blog.fc2.com/). They are 2 out of a series of 16 pictures. This is the direct link to the album:
https://kaigungunso-blog-fc2-com.transl ... r_sch=http

Berend.
Thanks!

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by fontessa » 25 Aug 2021 00:19

Hello IANHULKMCLEOD,
IANHULKMCLEOD wrote:
20 Aug 2021 00:11
Nothing in her USS Barb patrol reports alluding to any survivor from the Ishigaki and the Herring was sunk by SHORE BATTERIES on the 01/06 1944
Thanks.
IANHULKMCLEOD wrote:
20 Aug 2021 00:11
Anything regarding the Awaji? :roll:
AWAJI 淡路 was the 3rd ship of MIKURA 御蔵 Class Kaibokan.
The below is the crew list of a Kaibokan after 1 July 1942,
Kaibokan Commanding Officer LCDR or LT x1
Crew (LT) x 4
- for Gunnery Officer Duty x 1
- for Navigation Officer Duty x 1
- for Mine Officer Duty x 1
- for Engineer Officer Duty x 1
Crew (LTJG or ENS) x 3
For Kaibokan didn’t belong to Kaibo Unit
Medical Crew (LT or LTJG) x1
Supply Crew (LT or LTJG) x 1
* The job of crew (for Mine Officer Duty) was the direction of depth charge handling.

AWAJI 淡路
Kaibokan Commanding Officer 海防艦長
(CEO) LCDR (Res.) / LCDR (Res.) NIKI Kozo 仁木幸造: 30 December 1943 - 25 January 1944
LCDR (Res.) LCDR (Res.) / CDR* NIKI Kozo 仁木幸造: 25 January 1944 - 2 June 1944 (KIA)
Crew (for Gunnery Officer Duty)
(EO) LTJG (S.D.) / LTJG (S.D.) HONDA Seiichi 本田政一: 10 December 1943 - 25 January 1944
LTJG (S.D.) / LTJG (S.D.) / LT* HONDA Seiichi 本田政一: 25 January 1944 - 2 June 1944 (KIA)
Crew (for Navigation Officer Duty)
(EO) LTJG (Res.) / LTJG (Res.) TANAKA Koichi 田中孝一: 30 November 1943 - 25 January 1944
LTJG (Res.) / LTJG (Res.) / LT* TANAKA Koichi 田中孝一: 25 January 1944 - 2 June 1944 (KIA)
Crew (for Mine Officer Duty)
(EO) LTJG (S.D.) / LTJG (S.D.) KURATA Soichi 倉田宗一: 10 December 1943 - 25 January 1944
LTJG (S.D.) / LTJG (S.D.) / LT* KURATA Soichi 倉田宗一: 25 January 1944 - 2 June 1944 (KIA)
Crew (for Engineer Officer Duty)
(EO) LT (Res.) / LT (Res.) KARIYA Mitsuo 刈谷満雄: 10 December 1943 - 25 January 1944
LT (Res.) / LT (Res.) / LCDR* KARIYA Mitsuo 刈谷満雄: 25 January 1944 - 2 June 1944 (KIA)

The last mission of AWAJI was the escort of convoy Hi-65. Hi-65 departed Moji on 29 May 1944 with Singapore as the destination. Ai the east sea area of Taiwan, AWAJI found torpedo wake launched by USS Guitarro, SS-363 heading for transport ships (ship names unknown) on June 2nd. I remember, a recollection of the surviving commanding officer of Kaibokan, "Kaibokan was powerless against the US submarines. It had no choice but to interrupt the path of the torpedo and act as a shield for the transport ship." This was exactly what Kaibokan commanding officer LCDR (Res.) NIKI Kozo took. Awaji, which received torpedoes instead of transport ships, quickly sank at 22.42N / 121.24E. Japanese Wiki says the same thing as ijnfleetadmiral’s source says about the number of deaths and survivors Awaji.

Convoy Hi-65 ヒ65船団
7th Escort Fleet HQ 第7護衛船団司令部 Board the Kashii
Commanding Officer: RADM Matsuyama Mitsuo 松山光治 (Mobilized)
Staff Officer CAPT UGAKI Tamaki 宇垣環 (50)
Staff Officer Assistant LCDR Isono Yoshi 磯野芳 (59)
General Duty Officer LT Yamashita Yoshio 山下芳正 (???)
Moji 門司 ~ Takao 高尾
Escorts
Kashii 香椎 (Flag Ship), Kaiyo 海鷹, Awaji 淡路, Chiburi 千振, 19th Kaibokan 第19号海防艦, 60th Auxiliary Subchaser 第60号駆潜艇
Transports
Shiretoko 知床, Mimurosanm Maru 御室山丸, Jinshu Maru 神州丸, Kashii Maru 香椎丸,
Itsukushima Maru 厳島丸, Arimasan Maru 有馬山丸, Zuiho Maru 瑞鳳丸, Tatsuwa Maru, 辰和丸,
Toho Maru 東邦丸, Manila Maru マニラ丸, Jinei Maru 仁栄丸
Takao 高尾 ~ Manila マニラ
Escorts
Kashii 香椎 (Flag Ship), Kaiyo 海鷹, Chiburi 千振, 7th Kaibokan 第7号海防艦, 11th Kaibokan 第11号海防艦, 60th Auxiliary Subchaser 第60号駆潜艇
Transports
Shiretoko 知床, Mimurosanm Maru 御室山丸, Kashii Maru 香椎丸, Itsukushima Maru 厳島丸,
Zuiho Maru 瑞鳳丸, Tatsuwa Maru 辰和丸, Toho Maru 東邦丸
Manila マニラ ~ Singapore 昭南
Escorts
Kashii 香椎 (Flag Ship), Kaiyo 海鷹, Chiburi 千振, 7th Kaibokan 第7号海防艦, 11th Kaibokan 第11号海防
Transports
Mimurosanm Maru 御室山丸, Itsukushima Maru 厳島丸, 瑞鳳丸, Tatsuwa Maru, Toho Maru 東邦丸


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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by IANHULKMCLEOD » 26 Aug 2021 23:12

Hello Fontessa and Fleet Admiral
Most kind and indebted to the both of you.
Kind regards Ian :thumbsup:

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by IANHULKMCLEOD » 25 Sep 2021 10:54

Hello Fontessa
CD 1 and 134 were sunk on 06/04/1945 apparently 159 were killed and a further 19 died from wounds; What ship or ships rescued the Survivors? CD 134 was the flagship with Commander Hirano Taiji 11 ESCORT DIVISION and his staff embarked; LT MC Kobayashi Toshio was killed as was Cmdr Hirano but LT Paymaster Kawachiyama Kazuo survived? I know that Arima Kunio Lieutenant Commander Reserves of the CD 1 was killed but what off LT Reserves Fukuda Mochiro who was the Captain of the CD 134 from 01/09/1944?
Amatsukaze was disabled and adrift eventually beached on Amoy shoals and couldn`t have rescued survivors in her predicament! Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Post by fontessa » 25 Sep 2021 15:00

Hello Ian,
IANHULKMCLEOD wrote:
25 Sep 2021 10:54
What ship or ships rescued the Survivors?
Yes, it is strange. No other ship was left in the convoy. CD1 was sunk off Amoy. I guess the survivors were rescued by the ships belonging to the Amoy Area Special Base Force.
IANHULKMCLEOD wrote:
25 Sep 2021 10:54
LT MC Kobayashi Toshio was killed as was Cmdr Hirano but LT Paymaster Kawachiyama Kazuo survived?
Yes, he was survived.
IANHULKMCLEOD wrote:
25 Sep 2021 10:54
LT Reserves Fukuda Mochiro who was the Captain of the CD 134 from 01/09/1944?
LCDR Fukuda Mochiro was KIA.

The below is CD1 under 20 B-25s' skip bombing. The third is rolled over CD1. The black dots around here were the heads of the crew. The "sticks" on the here side were crew members clinging to rolled over CD1. Many of them were killed by B-25s' machine gun shooting. I can't look at this picture calmly.

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by IANHULKMCLEOD » 26 Sep 2021 08:24

Hello Fontessa
Thank you; Any mention of how many survivors were rescued from these ships and any of the senior officers amongst them?
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Post by fontessa » 26 Sep 2021 16:04

Hello Ian,

Japanese Wiki says;
155 were KIA, 20 were survived.
1 was hospitalized in Beppu Naval Hospital and died on May 2nd.
19 were hospitalized in Hong Kong Naval facility. All they were died till May 25th.
Detail is unknown.
Wiki's Source: 海防艦戦記 海防艦顕彰会, Kaibokan War Record edited by Kaibokan Honoring Society

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by IANHULKMCLEOD » 01 Oct 2021 12:44

Hi Fontessa
these figures are combined or relate to CD1 or 134? Best regards Ian

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Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 01 Oct 2021 13:29

Notable personnel in this action:

KIA
CDR / CAPT* HIRANO Taiji (52) (Commanding Officer, 11th Coast Defense Squadron)
(S) LT / (S) LCDR* KOBAYASHI Toshio (??) (Surgeon, 11th Coast Defense Squadron)
LCDR / CDR* ARIMA Kunio (Res.) (CD-1 Commanding Officer)
LT / LCDR* FUKUDA Moichiro (Res.) (CD-134 Commanding Officer)

SURVIVED
(P) LT KOCHIYAMA Kazuo (??) (Paymaster, 11th Coast Defense Squadron)
SFC, MS State Guard - First Always!

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by fontessa » 01 Oct 2021 14:26

Hello Ian,
IANHULKMCLEOD wrote:
01 Oct 2021 12:44
these figures are combined or relate to CD1 or 134? Best regards Ian
These figures ware for only CD1.
According to a Japanese web site, CD134 (flag ship of 1th Kaibokan Division) lost all her crew and part of 11th Kaibokan Division member. Unfortunately these number is unknown.

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by stulev » 08 Oct 2021 14:30

Hello Fontessa

JACAR 12121387200 page 0370 lists 10671 as the 385 independent Infantry Battalion - is this an error I have 358 -- it seems wrong as 10672 is the 359 Independent Infantry Battalion.

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Post by fontessa » 08 Oct 2021 16:03

Hello Stuart,
stulev wrote:
08 Oct 2021 14:30
JACAR 12121387200 page 0370 lists 10671 as the 385 independent Infantry Battalion - is this an error I have 358 -- it seems wrong as 10672 is the 359 Independent Infantry Battalion.
Yes. "385 for 10671" was wrong and "358 for 10671" is correct.

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Re: FOR FONTESSA!

Post by stulev » 08 Oct 2021 23:50

Thank you so much Fontessa

is there somewhere I can get the list that you are illustrating in your post? It would probably be most helpful

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Post by fontessa » 09 Oct 2021 01:04

Hello Stuart,
stulev wrote:
08 Oct 2021 23:50
is there somewhere I can get the list that you are illustrating in your post? It would probably be most helpful
I got the copy at Yasukuni Shrine Kaiko Bunko Library from maybe 旧帝国陸軍部隊一覧表 Old IJA Units List written by 大内那翁逸 Ouchi Naoitsu. About 90 pages with A4 copy. He has written many books on IJA. Unfortunately, they aren't available today because they're all self-published over 20 years ago.

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