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Hiyō Class Aircraft Carrier
Her sister ship became the aircraft carrier Junyō. Her bridge was built on the starboard side, and its funnel was slightly tilted to the outside in order to increase visibility on the flight deck. Launched June 24, 1941. Commissioned July 31, 1942 at Kure and assigned to Carrier Division 2, Third Fleet.
Abort from Battle of Santa Cruz
While under repair at Truk, suffers minor bomb damage on November 13, 1942 and November 27, 1942 during air raids. When the repairs were completed, Captain Beppu takes command and the carrier is assigned to Mobile Force and departs Truk on December 5 proceeding northward via Saeki before arriving at Kure on December 11.
On January 15, 1943 the carrier patrols the Inland Sea, and travels from Tokuyama frequently. On February 26 dry docked at Kure, and departs on March 4 and resumes patrolling. On March 22 departs Saeki and is reassigned to the Main Unit Mobile Force, arriving at Truk on March 27, 1943.
Arrives at Tawi Tawi on May 16, 1944.
Two hours after the attack, there was a tremendous explosion. Japanese sources credited this to a submarine, but was actually caused by a gas vapor explosion, cutting all power and setting fires. Escorting destroyer Uranami could not assist due to the fires. The carrier began to sink, stern first, at 7:32pm.
Fates of the Crew
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