All six of Japan's first-line aircraft carriers, Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku and Zuikaku, were assigned to the mission to attasck Pearl Harbor. With over 420 embarked planes, these ships constituted by far the most powerful carrier task force ever assembled. Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, an experienced, cautious officer, would command the operation. His Pearl Harbor Striking Force also included fast battleships, cruisers and destroyers, with tankers to fuel the ships during their passage across the Pacific. So, what ever happened to twenty surface combat ships that participated in the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor? I'm glad you asked.
AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: Carrier Akagi: Attacked by planes from USS Enterprise, 4 June 1942 at the Battle of Miday. The following day she was torpedoed and scuttled by destroyers Arashi and Nowaki. Carrier Kaga: Attacked by planes from USS Enterprise and sunk, 4 June 1942, northwest of Midway Island. Carrier Hiryu: Attacked by planes from USS Yorktown and USS Enterprise, 4 June 1942. Torpedoed and scuttled the next day, by destroyers Kazegumo and Yugumo. Carrier Soryu: Attacked by planes from USS Yorktown and torpedoed twice by submarine USS Nautilus. Sunk, 4 June 1942, northwest of Midway Island. Carrier Shokaku: Torpedoed three times by submarine USS Cavalla. Sunk, 140 miles north of Yap Island, 19 June 1944. Carrier Zuikaku: Attacked by planes from USS Essex and USS Lexington. Struck by 6 torpedoes and 7 bombs. Sunk, 220 miles east northeast of Cape Engano, 25 October 1944.
BATTLESHIPS: Battleship Hiei: Crippled by fifty 8-inch shell hits during the first Naval Battle Of Guadalcanal. Bombed by USAAF B-17 bombers and struck by 4 torpedoes from aircraft of USS Enterprise. Sunk off Savo Island, 13 November 1942. Battleship Kirishima: In one of the few battleship-on-battleship duels of the war, Kirishima got THE LIVING SHIT kicked out of it by the USS Washington (BB-56) during the Second Battle Of Guadalcanal. Kirishima received nine 16-inch and over forty 5-inch hits at a range of only 5,800 yards and quickly capsized, 15 November 1942.
CRUISERS: Heavy Cruiser Tone: Sunk in shallow water by aircraft from Task Force 38 near Kure Island, 24 July 1945. Wreck broken up for scrap in 1948. Heavy Cruiser Chickuma: Torpedoed by aircraft from Task Force 77.4.2 northeast of Samar. Scuttled by torpedoes from destroyer Nowake, October 25 1944. Light Cruiser Abukuma: Bombed by USAAF aircraft 10 miles southeast of Negros, Philippines, 24 October 1944. Sank two days later, 26 October 1944.
DESTROYERS: Destroyer Tanikaze: Torpedoed and sunk by USS Harder, 90 miles southwest of Basilan, 9 June 1944. Destroyer Urakaze: Torpedoed and sunk by USS Sealion, 65 miles northwest of Keelung, Formosa, 21 November 1944. Destroyer Isokaze: Damaged by aircraft of Task Force 58, scuttled 150 miles southwest of Nagasaki, 7 April 1945. Destroyer Hamakaze: Sunk by aircraft from USS Hornet and USS Cabot, 150 miles southwest of Nagasaki, 7 April 1945. Destroyer Kasumi: Damaged by aircraft from Task Force 58, scuttled 150 miles southwest of Nagasaki, 7 April 1945. Destroyer Arare: Torpedoed and sunk by USS Growler, 7 miles east of Kiska Harbor, Alaska 5 July 1942. Destroyer Kagero: Damaged by a mine and sunk by US Navy aircraft, 5 miles southwest of Rendova, 8 May 1943. Destroyer Shiranui: Sunk by aircraft of Task Force 77, 80 miles north of Panay, 27 October 1944. Destroyer Akigumo: Torpedoed and sunk by USS Redfin, 30 miles southeast of Zamboanga, 11 April 1944.
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