Interrogation Nav 19, Commander Yutaka Isawa

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12 Oct 1945


ISAWA, Yutaka, Commander, I.J.N.

ISAWA was a regular officer with 20 years experience. He was aboard the Haruna during the invasion of the PHILIPPINES and the Battle of MIDWAY. He later served in a destroyer squadron in the SOLOMONS Area. He was cooperative and well informed and his information regarding the activities of the Second Fleet proved to be substantially accurate.

Haruna (Gunnery)PHILIPPINES
December 1941-October 1942
2nd Destroyer SquadronSOLOMONSOctober 1942-May 1943
Naval AcademyETA JIMAMay 1943-March 1944
Navy DepartmentTOKYOMarch 1944-March 1945
5th Air FleetKYUSHUMarch 1945-August 1945



TOKYO 12 October 1945

Interrogation of: Commander ISAWA, Yutaka, IJN, a regular officer of the Japanese Navy; was commanding gunnery for 15cm guns on the battleship Haruna. From November 1942 to April 1943, attached to the 2nd Torpedo Flotilla in the South Pacific; student at the Naval Academy from May 1943 until March 1944; from September 1944 to March 1945 attached to the Navy Department; serving in the Navy Air Fleet at IZUMI and KYUSHU from April to August 1945.

Interrogated by: Commander T. H. Moorer, USN.


Movement of the Main Body of the Japanese Second Fleet November 1941 to April 1942

The movement of the Main Body of the Japanese Second Fleet with reasons therefore are shown below. The Main Body was initially composed of the following capital ships:

BattleshipsHeavy Cruisers
Takao (Flagship of Vice Admiral KONDO)

Movements of the Japanese Fleet

28 November 1941INLAND SEAFleet Rendezvous
28 November-5 DecemberEnroute PESCADORES ISLANDSPreparation for war
5 December-8 DecemberEnroute SAIGON Area
8 December-18 DecemberOff coast-vicinity SAIGONSupport of BRITISH MALAYA Operations
18 December-20 DecemberEnroute point 300 miles west of LUZON
20 December-23 DecemberVicinity MACCLESFIELD BANKLUZON Invasion
23 December-25 DecemberEnroute FORMOSA via CAMRANH Bay
25 December-15 JanuaryTAKAOService and Repairs
15 January-19 JanuaryEnroute PALAUSupport of BRITISH MALAYA Operations
20 January-25 JanuaryPALAURendezvous with PEARL HARBOR Force which arrived from JAPAN. This increased the total force to: 4 Battleships, 4 carriers, 8 heavy cruisers, 20 destroyers
25 January-1 FebruaryEnroute KENDARI
1 February-5 FebruaryKENDARI
5 February-20 FebruaryBANDA SEASupport of Invasion Forces. 19 February attack on PORT DARWIN
20 February-25 FebruaryEnroute CHRISTMAS Island Area via OMBAI Strait
25 February-1 MarchCHRISTMAS Island AreaSupport of JAVA and SUMATRA Invasion
1 March-1 AprilOperations in CELEBES--TIMOR--JAVA AreaBombardment of CHRISTMAS Island; Destruction of Allied Shipping
1 April-5 AprilEnroute CEYLON
5 April-13 AprilINDIAN OCEAN AreaOperations against British, Attack on TRINCOMALEE
13 April-18 AprilEnroute INLAND SEA

Note: The above dates are approximate.

No unit of the Main Body of the Second Fleet received damage during the operations. During the period covering the invasion of the PHILIPPINES and NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES, the force was not attacked by air or surface craft. ww2dbase

United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Interrogation of Japanese Officials [OPNAV-P-03-100], courtesy of ibilio Hyperwar Project

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C. Peter Chen

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