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Sōryū-class aircraft carrier
15,900 tons (standard)
18,800 tons (normal)
6 × 127mm DP guns (3x2)
14 x Twin 25mm AA (7x2)
Aircraft: 63 plus 9 reserve
21 x A6M2 Zeros
18 x D3A Vals
18 x B5N Kates
Her original complement was eighteen A6M4 Claudes (due to shortages, substituted with A4N1 biplanes), twenty-seen D1A2 dive bombers and twelve B4Y torpedo bombers.
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, on April 25, 1938 her air group was transferred to Nanking to support Japanese forces advancing up the Yangtze River then transferred to Wuhu in June and later Anquing to provide aerial defense. In China, one pilot died after shooting down a Chinese plane. Some of her pilots and planes remained in China.
On July 10, 1938 her aircraft returned to Soryu and supported operations over Canton until September but experienced no air combat. The carrier returned to Japan in December 1938 and spent the next year and a half engaged in training excercises.
In the second wave, Soryu launched nine A6M2 Zeros and seventeen D3A1 Vals. Her Zeros attacked NAS Kaneohe Bay with one Zero shot down by anti-aircraft fire. Returning, two Zeros were lost in air combat and they claimed two shot down. Her Vals attacked warships in Pearl Harbor loosing two shot down. Lost was A6M2 Zero 3277 Tail B1-151 pilot Lt. Commander Fusata Iida.
On March 17, 1942 departs Yokosuka to join "C" Operation. She joined the Indian Ocean raid along with Akagi, Zuikaku, Sōryū, and Hiryū attacking Colombo on Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and helped to extensively damaging support facilities on April 4, 1942. That task completed, the task force found and sank the British carrier Hermes, and two cruisers: Cornwall and Dorsetshire.
Battle of Midway
At 10:40am she stopped and her crew was ordered to abandon ship five minutes later. By early evening, the damaged carrier was still afloat and showed no signs of sining, so Isokaze scuttled her with torpedoes. At 7:15pm Sōryū sank at roughly Lat 30°38′N Long 179°13′W. Captain Yanagimoto elected to remain aboard the carrier and went down with her. Officially stricken from the Navy register on August 10, 1942.
Fates of the Crew
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