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IJN Kisaragi: Tabular Record of Movement



Name Translation: "February" (poetic), “Second Month of Lunar Calendar”

Initial Command Structure:

Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Ogawa Yoichiro [57] (prev. C.O. SANAE). Assigned to Desdiv 30 (MUTSUKI, KISARAGI, YAYOI, MOCHIZUKI), Desron 6, Fourth Fleet.

29 November-3 December 1941:

Desdiv 30 steamed with Desron 6 from Truk to Kwajalein.

8-11 December:

Departed Kwajalein, then with first Wake Island invasion force. Sunk: by U.S. Marine aircraft 30 miles southwest of Wake Island (18-55 N, 166-17 E). Bomb hit reportedly led to explosion of depth charges (eyewitnesses dispute this, saying fatal blast originated amidships). Crew apparently fought a losing battle against internal fires for some time – KISARAGI's attackers had time to land back at Wake, refuel and re-arm, and return to find her still smoking and wallowing – before she suddenly blew up and sank before their eyes, with entire crew of 167 lost.

15 January 1942:

Removed from Navy List.


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