Fubuki Class Destroyer
Built by Fujinagata Shipyards in Osaka. Laid down 25 April 1927. Launched 27 September 1928. Comissioned 10 May 1929. Murakumo means "Clustered Clouds".
During the night of October 11-12, 1942 during a troop transport run to Guadalcanal, sunk by air attack after attempting to assist Furutaka in aftermath of Battle of Cape Esperance (Second Battle of Savo Island). Three near-misses, a torpedo hit and then bomb hit left ship unmaneuverable and aflame, with 22 dead. Shirayuki rescued the survivors, including Lieutenant Commander Higashi. On October 12, 1942 Murakumo was scuttled by a torpedo 90 miles west-northwest of Savo Island at roughly Lat 8° 40' S, Long 159° 20' E. Officially stricken from the Navy Register on November 15, 1942.
Combined Fleet - IJN Murakumo: Tabular Record of Movement
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January 10, 2018