Thank you Leonard. I really do appreciate your effort. Iv'e tried to work my way through Senshi Sosho, which still leaves me with questions and I am sure misunderstandings.
1. Iv'e seen Notoro listed as CVS being present, but have never come across anything in a narrative that supports that listing in the order of battle.
2.What ship carried the SNLF from Wuhan? I have a British reference to men disembarking on August 9th.
3. Names of the five merchant ships carrying evacuees from the Yangzi --as you cited the gunboat escorts are known.
I presume these are ships of Nissin Kisen K.K.
4.The actual deployment of Force 8 and DesRon1 following arrival on the afternoon of the 11th. Can't see them in the Huangpu--assume in Yangzi estuary west of Huangpu--however as artillery platforms they would be of limited use.
5. Have a citation that places Force 11, destroyers and Izumo into three groups after August 13th From estuary to Shanghai--Tsuga, Toba, Atami and Futami, Shanghai--Izumo, From Izumo southward to Chinese booms--Kuri, Hasu, Ataka, Seta, Katada, Hira and Hozu. Missing is Sumida and Yaeyama (Yaeyama is in estuary on the 16th.
6. Some totally unkowns--the evacuation of Japanese non combatants from August 13th through 19th--19-20,000 people must leave some record;---someone must have recorded Izumo action reports from this time frame;--
Thank all of you for bearing with me as i pursue this interest.