japanese Imperial Japanese Navy - IJN - 大日本帝国海軍 IJN Hiryu (+1942)
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nationality japanese
purpose war
type aircraft carrier
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1939
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 20250  disp (surf)
dimensions 227.4 x 22.3 x 7.9 m
material steel, armoured
engine 8 Kampon boilers, 4 sets geared turbines, 4 shafts
armament 12x5-in, 31x25mm anti-aircraft, 73 aircraft
power 15300  s.h.p.
speed 34  knots
about the loss
cause lost naval battle
other reasons scuttled
date lost 04/06/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.383rank: 292
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builder
Kure Naval Dockyards, Kure
owner
Imperial Japanese Navy - IJN - 大日本帝国海軍
captain Tomeo Kaku Capt.
no. of crew 1103
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war grave yes
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entered 16/05/2008
last update Gothro Phil
last update 10/11/2012
 
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Gothro Phil11/11/2012The Battle of Midway (Japanese: ミッドウェー海戦; Rōmaji: Middowē Kaisen) is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet.

The Japanese plan was to lure the United States' aircraft carriers into a trap. The Japanese also intended to occupy Midway as part of an overall plan to extend their defensive perimeter in response to the Doolittle Raid. This operation was also considered preparatory for further attacks against Fiji and Samoa....

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Lettens Jan16/05/2008On June 4th 1942, HIJMS Hiryu, an aircraft carrier, was sunk by Aircraft from USS Yorktown (CV-5) in the Battle of Midway.

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Gothro Phil11/11/2012The Battle of Midway (Japanese: ミッドウェー海戦; Rōmaji: Middowē Kaisen) is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet.

The Japanese plan was to lure the United States' aircraft carriers into a trap. The Japanese also intended to occupy Midway as part of an overall plan to extend their defensive perimeter in response to the Doolittle Raid. This operation was also considered preparatory for further attacks against Fiji and Samoa.

Typical of Japanese naval planning Yamamoto's battle plan was exceedingly complex. However, Yamamoto did not know the U.S. had broken the main Japanese naval code (dubbed JN-25 by the Americans) and were waiting to spring their own trap.

In the ensuing battle the Japanese would strike first at the Marine Corp Base on Midway Island followed by reprisal attacks from the American task force consisting of the carriers USS Enterprise, USS Hornet and USS Yorktown.

After two failed torpedo attacks, the Americans drew first blood by hitting the Kaga and four minutes later the Akagi and Sōryū in simultaneous attacks by American SBDs dive bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown (VB-6, VS-6 and VB-3, respectively).

With three carriers dead in the water the Japanese would strike back as the Hiryū would muster enough planes to attack the Yorktown and disable her. The United States would counterattack by sinking the last Japanese carrier Hiryu with great loss of life.

Meanwhile, salvage efforts on Yorktown were encouraging, and she was taken in tow by USS Vireo. In the late afternoon of 6 June, however, Yorktown was struck by two torpedoes from I-168. There were few casualties, since most of the crew had already been evacuated, but a third torpedo from this salvo struck and sank the destroyer USS Hammann, which had been providing auxiliary power to Yorktown. Hammann broke in two with the loss of 80 lives, most due to her own depth charges exploding. Yorktown lingered until just after 05:00 on 7 June.

The toll? Four Japanese aircraft carriers, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Akagi and the heavy cruiser Mikuma were sunk for a cost of one American carrier, USS Yorktown and destroyer USS Hammann.
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