Mutsuki file photo [1598]


Ship ClassMutsuki-class Destroyer
BuilderSasebo Naval Arsenal
Launched1 Mar 1926
Sunk24 Aug 1942
Displacement1,315 tons standard


ww2dbaseMutsuki, name ship of a class of twelve 1315-ton first-class destroyers, was built at Sasebo, Japan. Completed as (Destroyer) Number 19 in March 1926, she was renamed Mutsuki in 1928. Prior to World War II, she took part in the arduous exercises that helped prepare the Japanese Navy for war and was also present during combat operations in China. On 11 December 1942, a few days after Japan began the Pacific War, Mutsuki participated in the initial attempt to capture Wake Island, an effort repulsed with heavy casualties by U.S. Marine Corps gunners and aviators. In May 1942, she was part of the Port Moresby Invasion Group during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

ww2dbaseOn 24 August 1942, as the Japanese made their first major attempt to recapture Guadalcanal, Mutsuki briefly bombarded U.S. Marine Corps' positions at Henderson Field. The next day, she went alongside the disabled transport Kinryu Maru to rescue that ship's crew and troops. While so immobilized, a formation of U.S. B-17 bombers appeared. Aware of the poor accuracy of high-level bombing, the destroyer's captain elected to continue his rescue efforts. However, in a rare event, the bombers scored well and Mutsuki was sunk. Her captain, hauled from the water with his ship's other surviving crewmen, is said to have remarked "even the B-17s could make a hit once in a while!".

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center

Last Major Revision: Jan 2005


Mutsuki off Shanghai, China, 1926, photo taken by USS Barker (DD-123)Mutsuki, circa late 1920s or early 1930sMutsuki off Shanghai, China, Feb 1932, photo taken by G. Freret, USNMutsuki underway, circa late 1930s

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
15 Apr 2014 01:12:09 PM

"She was renamed MUTSUKI in 1926... ( Mitsuki is misspelled as Mituski.
2. Anonymous says:
15 Apr 2014 01:13:40 PM

Sorry, I meant MUTSUKI, not Mitsuki!
3. Anonymous says:
15 Apr 2014 01:19:51 PM

Perhaps Ijn (destroyer) Number 19s' name is misspelled throughout her TROM as it is MUTSUKI at the start but Mutuski through the rest.
4. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
15 Apr 2014 01:45:31 PM

Thank you, the typographical error on her name has been corrected.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
More on Mutsuki
Event(s) Participated:
» Battle of Coral Sea
» Solomon Islands Campaign

Partner Sites Content:
» Mutsuki Tabular Record of Movement
Destroyer Mutsuki Photo Gallery
Mutsuki off Shanghai, China, 1926, photo taken by USS Barker (DD-123)
See all 4 photographs of Destroyer Mutsuki

Famous WW2 Quote
"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!