IJN Amagi: Tabular Record of Movement
© 2004 Anthony Tully
Initial Command Structure:
Commanding Officer: Captain Yamamori Kamenosuke. Assigned to
September - December 1944:
Throughout this period, vessel never left the
Captain Yamamori relieved by Captain Miyazaki Toshio.
With UNRYU off Gunchu-koh.
Depart Iwakuni with KATSURAGI for exercises in the
RAdm Keizo Komura releived by Radm Sueo Obayashi as ComCarDiv 1.
Arrives after exercises with KATSURAGI at Matsuyuma roadstead.
ComCarDiv 1 Obayashi makes AMAGI his flagship. Depart for torpedo attack training exercises with land-based air.
Holding to a maximum speed of 12 knots to conserve fuel, AMAGI serves as target in live torpedo practice in the
At Iwakuni. CarDiv 1 ordered to transport personnel and equipment of the Oita Detachement of the Yokosuka Air Group from Kure and report to Iwakuni to report for duty with said Air Group for torpedo adjustment and attack training.
Depart Iwakuni for
ComCarDiv 1 hauls down his flag.
AMAGI enters dock at
AMAGI assigned to 2nd Fleet.
Air attack in morning at
Ordered to repair damage and refit at
By this date, AMAGI has joined KATSURAGI at Mitsuko-jima in semi-permanent mooring. Camouflaging begins.
Reassigned as `special duty' reserve ship of the 4th Kure Naval District. Captain Miyazaki relieved by Captain Shiro Hiratsuka who leaves KATSURAGI to take over AMAGI manned only by a skeleton crew. Captain Miyazaki assumed senior responsibility for both idle carriers.
April to July 1945:
Never moves from semi-permanent mooring with starboard side 50 meters offshore from the southwest end of
Heavy air-raid on
On the bridge the Commanding Officer and others miraculously survived the catastrophic blast, and there was little fire. However, at this time a 5-inch rocket zoomed right past the island and smacked into an intact part of the flight deck to starboard between the forward elevator and the base of the island. At the same time near-misses were landing close alongside to port, detonating below the waterline, whose fragments riddled the port shell in places. Boiler Rooms # 4 and 6 on the port side began to flood, and AMAGI began to settle deeper into the water. Though the carrier is in no danger of sinking, the commanding officer (it may not have been Captain Shiro aboard this morning) is unnerved by the damage and the rocket hit and orders her abandoned some time . With some reluctance, the engineering watch evacuates, finally moving to do so after an additional near-miss to port abreast the after elevator grazes an anti-aircraft gun and opened the port after engine room to the sea.
The carrier is all but abandoned when attacked again at 1530 by another 20 planes, after which, when the port after engine room begins to flood, the last watch evacuates. However, hearing the survivors reports that evening the Kure Navy Yard Superintendent censures the premature abandonment, and at the end of the day the AMAGI is still afloat and with only a slight port list and trim at the bow. Her flight deck however, is completely demolished.
No clear details available. However, it is known that with their bulkheads perforated and weakened, # 3 and 5 Boiler Rooms adjacent to starboard gradually flooded as well. It appears that during this time the AMAGI became heavily flooded below decks, and sat deep in the water. Any additional uneven flooding would (and did) produce a loss of stability.
Again bombed during heavy air raid on
Listing increased through the night and by morning AMAGI's bow was nosing under. At 1000 hours she lurched sharply to port, and capsized, toppling over to an angle of 70 degrees. The bulk of the ruined flight deck and the two elevators fell overboard when she did. She grounded with bow submerged and flight deck canted slanting into the water, starboard screws exposed. Casualties in the two days of action are unknown, but said to be light.
At time of
AMAGI wreck boarded and inspected by NavTech teams.
Removed from Navy List.
Raising and scrapping authorized.
Righting operations on AMAGI hulk commence.
Afloat again, AMAGI docked and scrapping commences.
Note: Many accounts incorrectly state that Amagi was
Last Japanese fleet carrier sunk in the Pacific War.
Acknowledgements: Special thanks go to Bill Somerville for correspondence that helped make sense of the locations of the Amagi in the 1945 period.