© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Akigumo: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Autumn Clouds"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Arimoto Terumichi [50] (prev. C.O. YUDACHI). Assigned to Cardiv 5, First Air Fleet.

18-22 November 1941:
Steamed with Desron 1 from Saeki to Etorofu (Kuriles).

7 December:

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force in the attack on Pearl Harbor; arrived in Kure 24 December.

24 December:
Commander Arimoto (to C.O. KAGERO) relieved by Commander Soma Masahira [50].

8-14 January 1942:

Escorted carrier force from Japan to Truk.

20 January:

Escorted carrier force in air strikes on Rabaul.

21 January:

Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU in air strikes on Lae/Salamua.

23 January:

Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU covering Rabaul/Kavieng landings, then returned to Truk 29 January.

1-8 February:

Escorted carrier force in pursuit of U.S. carriers, then to Palau.

9-13 February:

With ARARE, escorted ZUIKAKU from Palau to Yokosuka, then training and defensive patrols in home waters.

17-24 March:

With KAGERO and ARARE, escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU from Yokosuka to Staring Bay (Celebes).

27 March:

Departed Staring Bay, escorting supply group for carrier force in Indian Ocean raids.

10 April:

Assigned to Desdiv 10 (KAZAGUMO, MAKIGUMO, YUGUMO, AKIGUMO), Desron 10, First Air Fleet.

23 April:

Arrived in Kure from Southern operations, then docked for refitting.

4-5 June: Battle of Midway

Escorted supply group for Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force.

24 June-7 July:

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutians.

14 July:

Desron 10 reassigned to Third Fleet.

16 August:

Departed Kure, escorting fleet towards Truk.

24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force.


Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.

29 September-1 October:

Steamed from Truk to the Shortlands.

3 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

6 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

9 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

10 October:

Departed Shortlands to rejoin fleet north of the Solomons.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted Admiral Abe's Vanguard Force. Assisted MAKIGUMO in scuttling of USS HORNET (CV-8) with torpedoes.

2-8 November:

Escorted ZUIHO and KUMANO from Truk to Japan, then docked for repairs.

18-23 January 1943:

Escorted ZUIKAKU from Iwakuni to Truk.

24-28 January:

Steamed from Truk via Rabaul to Shortlands.

1 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

4 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal.

7 February:

Troop evacuation run to Russell Islands.

12-16 February:

Steamed from Shortlands to Palau.

21-28 February:

With ISONAMI and NAGATSUKI, escorted troop convoy (3rd section of HEI No. 3: KIYOKAWA MARU and YASUKUNI MARU, lifting elements of 41st Division from Tsingtao) from Palau to Wewak and back.

6-18 March:

With KAZAGUMO, YUGUMO, SAMIDARE and SATSUKI, escorted troop convoy (Hansa No. 1: No. 1 Shinsei Maru, Momoyama Maru, Yasushima Maru, Oyo Maru, Aso Maru, Teiryu Maru, Sydney Maru, lifting units of 20th Division) from Palau to Hansa Bay and back. On 13 March rescued crew from, and scuttled with torpedo, bombed transport MOMOYAMA MARU.

20-23 March:

Steamed from Palau to Rabaul.

24-31 March:

Escorted convoys between Rabaul and Shortlands.

1 April:

Troop transport run from Shortlands to Kolombangara.

2 April:

Transport run to Buka.

5 April:

Troop transport run to Kolombangara.

11 April:

Transport run to Tuluvu (New Britain).

18-21 April:

Escorted seaplane carrier KAMIKAWA MARU from Rabaul to Truk.

3-8 May:

With AGANO, YUGUMO and YUKIKAZE, escorted ZUIKAKU and ZUIHO from Truk to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.

10-13 June:

Desdiv 10 (YUGUMO, KAZAGUMO, AKIGUMO) steamed from Yokosuka to Paramushiro.

7-17 July:

Initial troop evacuation run to Kiska, aborted due to weather.

22 July-1 August:

Second troop evacuation run to Kiska, successful on 29 July. With ABUKUMA, KISO, and five other destroyers, assigned to transport unit. Removed 463 evacuees.

3-6 August:

Desdiv 10 escorted MAYA from Paramushiro to Yokosuka.

17-24 August:

With YUGUMO, escorted ATAGO, TAKAO and TAIYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

6-8 September:

Steamed from Truk to Rabaul, then became flagship of Comdesron 3 (Rear Admiral Ijuin Matsuji [43]).

28 September:

Led troop evacuation run to Kolombangara (cover).

2 October:

Led troop evacuation run to Kolombangara (cover).

6-7 October: Battle of Vella Lavella

Led troop evacuation run to Vella Lavella (cover). Engaged U.S. destroyers.

8-10 October:

Steamed from Rabaul to Truk.

17-26 October:

Escorted fleet from Truk to Eniwetok in anticipation of U.S. carrier raids, then returned.

5-10 November:

Escorted ZUIHO and CHUYO from Truk to Yokosuka.

11 November:
Commander Sooma (to Torpedo Research Dept., Kure Arsenal) relieved by Commander Iritono Atsuo [55] (prev. C.O. HATSUSHIMO).

16-21 November:

Escorted ZUIHO, CHUYO and UNYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

23-25 November:

Departed Truk escorting supply group for fleet operating in Marshalls-area. On 25 November rescued 117 survivors of torpedoed tanker TOA MARU, then returned to Truk.

1-7 December:

Escorted convoy from Truk to Palau.

7-11 December:

Escorted tanker KENYO MARU from Palau to Truk.

12-17 December:

With KAZAGUMO and TANIKAZE, escorted SHOKAKU and YAMATO from Truk to Japan, then docked at Yokosuka for repairs. (“X” turret removed/replaced by two triple 25mm mounts during this refit.)

19 January 1944:
Photo taken while anchored at Tokuyama, showing 15 officers plus Desdiv 10 commander and medical officer posed in front of AKIGUMO's bridge.

6-13 February:

Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU from Kure to Singapore.

20 February-15 March:

Escorted ZUIKAKU from Singapore to Kure (27 February-8 March) and back.

1-11 April:

Airbase-materials transport run from Lingga to Davao, then diverted to escort transport KIYOKAWA MARU. Sunk: torpedoed by USS REDFIN (SS-272) 30 miles southeast of Zamboanga (06-43 N, 122-23 E); 137 killed, including Commander Iritono.

10 June 1944:

Removed from Navy List.

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