1st Despatch Squadron of 1927

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1st Despatch Squadron of 1927

Post by jerryasher » 13 Jan 2020 18:55

What was the composition of the 1st Despatch Squadron of 1927. I have it as being created on February 5th and existing until 3 June 1927. A New York Times citation of Feb. 6th identifies Tenryu with 4 unnamed destroyers and 300 men sailing from Kure to Sasebo, with Tenryu later cited as proceeding to China on the 19th. This is a very active time with significant activity at Nanjing in late March 1927 and at Hankow(Wuhan) early April and withdrawal of citizens from Changsha and Chongqing. Many thanks in advance.

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Re: 1st Despatch Squadron of 1927

Post by fontessa » 15 Jan 2020 06:37

Hello jerryasher,

I guess you meant 第1遣外艦隊 Dai-ichi Kengai Kantai 1st Dispatch Fleet. If so, the composition of it on 1 December 1927 was as the below.
- YAAGI, TONE, ATAKA, FUSHIMI, SUMIDA, SAGA, SETA, KATADA, HIRA, HOZU, TOBA, 24th Destroyer Division (MOMO, YANAGI, KASHI, TSUBAKI), URAKAZE

The below is the history of 第1遣外艦隊. Does this match the information you have?
- Activated as 7th Squadron on 15 December 1917.
- Renamed into 遣支艦隊 Kenshi Kantai China Dispatch Fleet on 10 August 1918.
- Renamed into 第1遣外艦隊 on 9 August 1919.
- Renamed into 11th Squadron on 20 May 1933.

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Re: 1st Despatch Squadron of 1927

Post by jerryasher » 15 Jan 2020 17:58

Thank you Fontessa: I didn't realize before that First Dispatch Fleet was a rather permanent organization and not just a temporary formation. I think I am interested in its composition as of 1 December 1926. I assume Yahagi and the river gunboats. I have the Momo as being at Nanjing on March 24th when the Japanese consulate was attacked and there was at least one sailor killed. As above. the Tenryu was assigned on February 5th. Also the Isuzu and Sendai were assigned on March 3rd. The 18th Destroyer Division--Amatsukaze, Isokaze and Tokitsukaze was at Hankow(Wuhan) in early April and the 16th Destroyer Division (ships unnamed) was sent to Shanghai. Many thanks for your assistance.

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Re: 1st Despatch Squadron of 1927

Post by fontessa » 15 Jan 2020 23:11

Hello jerryasher,

・Composition on 1 December 1926
- 1st Units (Yangtze River): TONE, ATAKA, FUSHIMI, SUMIDA, SAGA, SETA, KATADA, HIRA, HOZU, TOBA, URAKAZE
- 2nd Units (North China): HIRADO, 16th Destroyer Division (ASAGAO, YUGAO, FUYO, KARUKAYA)
・24th Destroyer Division (MOMO, KASHI, HINOKI, YANAGI) was attached on 24 January 1927
・TENRYU was attached on 5 February 1927 ~ 3 June 1927
・28th Destroyer Division (TADE, HASU, YOMOGI,WAKATAKE) was attached on 5 February 1927 ~ 20 September 1927
・SENDAI was attached on 3 March 1927 ~ 20 September 1927
・ISUZU was attached on 3 March 1927 ~ 15 April 1927
・IZUMO was attached on 1 April 1927 ~ 20 September 1927
・YAHAGI was attached on 7 April 1927
・9th Destroyer Division (KUWA, MAKI, KEYAKI, TSUBAKI) was attached on 12 April 1927 ~ 16 May 1927
・TSUSHIMA was attached on 1 May 1927 ~ 16 May 1927
・NARUTO was attached on 15 June 1927 ~ 10 November 1927
・KASADO Maru was attached on 1 July 1927 ~ 5 November 1927
・Composition on 1 December 1927: Already posted

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Re: 1st Despatch Squadron of 1927

Post by jerryasher » 16 Jan 2020 02:02

Thank you Fontessa.

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