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  Yūgure 夕暮
IJN
Hatsuharu-class destroyer

1,530 Tons
340' x 346' x 359'
2x2 x 127mm DP guns
2 x 40mm AA guns
3 x torpedo tubes
18 x depth charges

Ship History
Built as a Hatsuharu-class destroyer by Maizuru Naval Arsenal. Laid down April 9, 1933. Launched May 6, 1934. Completed March 30, 1935. Named "Yūgure" meaning Twilight in Japanese. Also spelled Yugure in English references.

Wartime History
On February 25, 1943 assigned to the Second Fleet, Desdiv 31, Desron 2.

PARTIAL HISTORY

On July 18, 1943 at 9:50pm departs Rabaul as part of the "Night Battle Force" consisting of four cruisers and four destroyers in hopes of luring American forces into a Naval engagement, with the secondary goal of escorting the No. 6 transport operation.

On July 19, 1943 at 5:30pm rendezvous with three destroyers as transports off Buin on a "Tokyo Express" transport run to Kolombangara Island. At 7:05pm attacked by enemy aircraft that are repulsed. At 9:00pm, as no enemy vessels are spotted, the destroyer transports proceed to unload at Vila on Kolombangara Island. Although flares are spotted over them, there is no enemy surface force detected and the "Night Battle Force" departs northward.

Sinking History
On July 20, 1943 roughly 12:10am, attacked by six TBF Avengers armed with 2,000 pound bombs that make a radar assisted night attack on the "Night Battle Force" northwest of Vella Lavella Island. Despite Japanese anti-aircraft fire, Yugure at the starboard flank of the formation is hit by a bomb midship and explodes and sinks immediately with most of the crew going down with the destroyer north-northwest of Kolombangara Island at roughly Lat 7-25 S, Long 156-45 E. Officially, removed from the Navy List on October 15, 1943.

Fates of the Crew
Attempts to rescue any of the crew are delayed by a second attack by more TBF Avengers and B-25 Mitchells. Afterwards, Kiyonami returns to the scene of the sinking and rescues approximately twenty of her crew before breaking off the search by 2:09am and returning to the force. Later at roughly 7:21am Kiyonami is herself attacked and sunk by other B-25s.

At 9:55am, the Japanese Navy reports: "Personnel from our ships [Yugure and Kiyonami] are adrift in the vicinity of position bearing 265 degrees 24 miles from Base Ko 3. Proceed at once to carry out search over a wide area in this vicinity and rescue these men. (You may temporarily unload any cargo)." Also, Japanese Army garrisons nearby were requested to search for survivors using barges.

References
Combined Fleet - IJN Yugure: Tabular Record of Movement
Japanese Destroyer Captain states that Kiyonami lost 240 and Yugure lost 228

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Last Updated
August 18, 2018

 

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