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CH-13 Class Subchaser
38th BG Sept 2, 1943

Ship History
Built by Nippon Kokan K.K. shipyard as CH-13 Class Subchaser, Subchaser No. 193. On June 30, 1941 designated subchaser CH-26. On August 28, 1941 launched. On December 20, 1941 completed and registered in the Kure Naval District. Assigned to the Kure Guard Unit with Lt Matsushima Minoru as commanding officer.


On April 26, 1943 departs Palau at 8:30am as part of Wewak No. 3 convoy with San Francisco Maru, Bunzan Maru, Kankow Maru and Hofuku Maru, Hakutetsu Maru No. 13 and Shinsei Maru No. 1 escorted by destroyers Amatsukaze and Urakaze and CH-34. The transports land 6,000 soldiers of the 41st Infantry Division and ammunition, provisions, crated aircraft and supplies to Wewak April 30, 1943 then depart. On May 4, 1943 off Wewak the convoy is attacked by U. S. aircraft and two days later return to Palau.


On August 28, 1943 CH-26 and CH-34 depart Palau as escorts for "Wewak No. 7" convoy bound for Wewak. The convoy also includes transports Hankow Maru, Aden Maru, Nagato Maru and Shinyu Maru.

On September 2, 1943 the convoy anchors at 0045 in Wewak Harbor and Boram Bay off Wewak. While anchored, a barrage balloon was tethered above the vessel to protect it from low level attack. That morning, B-25D Mitchell from the 38th Bombardment Group escorted by P-38 Lightnings from the 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. During the attack several of the vessels are sunk or damaged.


Sinking History
On July 30, 1945 while in the Korea Strait off Chinkai (Chinhae) sunk by U. S. Navy carrier aircraft from Task Force 38 (TF-38) at roughly Lat 34° 47N, Long 128° 27E.

References - IJN Subchaser CH-26 Tabular Record of Movement

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August 4, 2020


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