IJN DDs that rescued HMAS Perth survivors

IJN DDs that rescued HMAS Perth survivors

Joined: March 11th, 2011, 7:22 am

April 27th, 2013, 12:58 am #1

Recently came across a request on the web for the names of the IJN destroyers that rescued survivors of HMAS Perth in Sunda Strait. Probably also rescued USS Houston survivors as well.

I'm quite familiar with this event but have no idea of the names of the IJN ships. Inazuma and Ikaduchi were mentioned as possibles. Can anyone help?

Cheers
Bruce
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Levin
Levin

April 27th, 2013, 8:21 am #2

It wasn't Inazuma and Ikazuchi Bruce, as they were off much further east at the time, eventually rescuing Exeter, Encounter and Pope survivors.
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KevinD
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April 27th, 2013, 8:23 am #3

Opps, above supposed to be signed 'Kevin' n/t
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Joined: March 11th, 2011, 7:22 am

April 27th, 2013, 8:43 am #4

That's exactly what I thought too. No mention of these ships in the area at the time as far as I know. I wonder if Troms for the DDs involved in the Sunda Str. battle are available.

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Bruce
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KevinD
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April 27th, 2013, 9:56 am #5

As long as you know the names of the DD's involved in the overall Op there at Sunda (as I don't), I would think their over on Kaigun, in here somewhere; http://www.combinedfleet.com/lancers.htm#destroyers
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April 27th, 2013, 8:39 pm #6

Yes I looked there Kevin but the TROMs are not detailed enough.
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April 27th, 2013, 9:50 pm #7

Thanks for all your help with this.

There certainly were IJN Destroyers in Sunda Strait on 1st March 1942

I have a copy of an official interview with survivors in Sept 1945 which refers to the group of PERTH survivors who were in Sunda Strait and found a lifeboat from one of the sunken Japanese merchant ships. They gradually filled the boat with men but at 0900 on the 1st March an IJN destroyer approached and ordered the boat alongside and took the occupants onboard.
From the narrative it appears the destroyer stood by while the boat made several trips to rescue more survivors. At about noon the destroyer departed the scene with a total of 188 survivors and left the lifeboat still picking up more men.
The rescued party was transferred to two other destroyers and conveyed to Bantam Bay where they arrived at 1900. They were then transferred to the Somedong Maru
We have discounted Inazuma and Ikaduchi as being involved.

The mystery remains.
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