May 31, 1944 – This Day During World War ll – Herring (SS-233) sinks escort vessel Ishigaki and army cargo ship Hokuyo Maru

May 31, 1944 – Herring (SS-233) attacks convoy NE, sinking escort vessel Ishigaki and army cargo ship Hokuyo Maru west of Matsuwa Island
Ishigaki (石垣) was one of four Shimushu-class escort ships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.
The Japanese called these ships Kaibōkan, “ocean defence ships”, (Kai = sea, ocean, Bo = defence, Kan = ship), to denote a multi-purpose vessel. They were initially intended for patrol and fishery protection, minesweeping and as convoy escorts.
On 31 May 1944, Ishigaki was torpedoed by the submarine USS Herring, and her bow was destroyed. She managed to drop several depth charges before sinking with a loss of 167 sailors.

INJ Ishigaki

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