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Yugure

CountryJapan
Ship ClassHatsuharu-class Destroyer
BuilderMaizuru Naval Arsenal
Laid Down9 Apr 1933
Launched6 May 1934
Commissioned30 Mar 1935
Sunk20 Jul 1943
Displacement1,530 tons standard
Length359 feet
Beam33 feet
Draft11 feet
MachineryThree boilers, two Kampon geared turbines, two shafts
Power Output42,000 SHP
Speed36 knots
Range4,000nm at 14 knots
Crew212
Armament2x2x12.7cm/50 Type 3 guns, 1x12.7cm/50 Type 3 gun, 1x40mm anti-aircraft gun (replaced with 1x2x25mm machine gun in Jan 1943), 1x2x25mm machine gun (added in Jun 1943), 3x3x611cm torpedo tubes, 18x depth charges

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ww2dbaseYugure was commissioned into service in Mar 1935. At the onset of the Pacific War, she was a part of Destroyer Division 27 of Destroyer Squadron 1 based at Hashirajima in Hiroshima Bay, performing anti-submarine patrols in Japanese waters. In the opening months of the Pacific War, she played minor roles in the raid on Darwin in Australian, the campaign in the Dutch East Indies, the Battle of Coral Sea, and the invasion of the Aleutian Islands. She then escorted warships and transport ships between Japan, Truk in the Caroline Islands, and Rabaul in the Bismarck Islands. Starting in 1943, she escorted destroyer transports as they brought troops southward in the Solomon Islands, mostly Kolombangara Island of the New Georgia group. During those missions, she shared the credit for the sinking of destroyer USS Gwin, but she was also lost on one such mission. She was detected by American TBF Avenger aircraft operating out of Guadalcanal, which proceeded to sink her with bombs. Destroyer Kiyonami picked up about twenty survivors, but was sunk in turn soon thereafter, leaving no survivors from Yugure's crew of 228 men. Only one of Kiyonami's crew survived the sinking.

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Yugure Operational Timeline

9 Apr 1933 The keel of Yugure was laid down by Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Maizuru, Japan.
6 May 1934 Yugure was launched by Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Maizuru, Japan.
30 Mar 1935 Yugure was commissioned into service.
18 Dec 1941 Shigure, Shiratsuyu, Ariake, and Yugure departed Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan to make rendezvous with the Pearl Harbor strike force.
23 Dec 1941 Shigure, Shiratsuyu, Ariake, and Yugure arrived at Hashirijima in Hiroshima Bay, Japan, with the Pearl Harbor strike force in escort.
12 Jan 1942 Hiryu, Soryu, Ariake, and Yugure departed Hashirijima in Hiroshima Bay, Japan.
17 Jan 1942 Hiryu, Soryu, Ariake, and Yugure arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands at 1140 hours.
21 Jan 1942 Hiryu, Soryu, Ariake, Yugure, Ushio, and Sazanami departed Palau, Caroline Islands at 1600 hours for air strikes on Maluku Islands, Dutch East Indies.
25 Jan 1942 Yugure arrived at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands at 0300 hours.
26 Jan 1942 Yugure departed Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands at 2200 hours.
28 Jan 1942 Yugure received fuel from auxiliary tanker Kokuyo Maru in the Pacific Ocean.
31 Jan 1942 Yugure arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands at 0730 hours.
15 Feb 1942 Yugure departed Palau, Caroline Islands at 1400 hours.
19 Feb 1942 Ariake and Yugure joined the carrier force sailing toward Darwin, Australia.
21 Feb 1942 Ariake and Yugure arrived at Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies at 1015 hours.
24 Feb 1942 Ariake and Yugure departed Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies at 1830 hours.
1 Mar 1942 Chikuma, Yugure, and other destroyers sank merchant ship Modjokerto in the Indian Ocean about 250 nautical miles southwest of Tjilatjap, Java, Dutch East Indies at 1145 hours.
6 Mar 1942 Ariake and Yugure received fuel from ships of the First Supply Unit.
10 Mar 1942 Yugure arrived at Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies at 1550 hours.
11 Mar 1942 Ariake and Yugure departed Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies at 1630 hours.
17 Mar 1942 Yugure arrived at Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands at 0900 hours, and departed at 1700 hours.
19 Mar 1942 Yugure arrived at Ise Bay, Japan at 0000 hours, and departed at 1700 hours.
22 Mar 1942 Yugure arrived at Sasebo, Japan at 1025 hours; she would be drydocked at Sasebo Naval Arsenal for repairs starting in the next month.
15 Apr 1942 Yugure departed Sasebo, Japan at 1500 hours.
17 Apr 1942 Yugure arrived at Mako in the Taiwan Strait at 1715 hours.
19 Apr 1942 Yugure departed Mako in the Taiwan Strait at 1100 hours.
25 Apr 1942 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 May 1942 Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands toward Port Moresby, Australian Papua.
8 May 1942 Between 0907 and 0915 hours, Shokaku was severely damaged by three bomb hits. One tore open the port bow and started a fire in the forecastle. The second struck the end of the flight deck to starboard. The third hit the starboard side of the rear of the island, damaging gun tubs and the mainmast. Large fires broke out. She was able to evade all torpedoes successfully. Escorted by Ushio and Yugure, she was detached and was able to evacuate the battle area at full speed. 108 officers and men were killed by the fires and explosions, and another 40 wounded.
9 May 1942 Yugure and Ushio took on fuel from a tanker in the Coral Sea at 0015 hours. At 0515 hours, Yugure was ordered to escort the damaged Shokaku to Yokosuka, Japan; Shokaku was administratively reassigned to Carrier Division 5 of 1st Air Fleet for the upcoming dramatic dash past a cordon of American submarines alerted to intercept the Japanese carrier. Meanwhile, Ushio was ordered to escort Zuikaku, which was ordered to pursue any American ships remaining in the Coral Sea area.
10 May 1942 Sazanami joined Yugure at 1200 hours in escorting Shokaku to Yokosuka, Japan.
11 May 1942 Shokaku, Yugure, and Sazanami was ordered to sail to Kure, Japan instead of Yokosuka.
12 May 1942 Shokaku made rendezvous with Kuroshio, Oyashio, and Hayashio in the Philippine Sea; Ushio and Yugure were released as her escorts. Shokaku avoided more US submarines during her final leg home. However, with the high speeds and gashed bow, the ship took on so much water that she nearly capsized en route.
17 May 1942 Damaged carrier Shokaku, having evaded no less than eight submarines, arrived at Kure, Japan at 1830 hours, escorted by Yugure, Kuroshio, Oyashio, and Hayashio. She was immediately placed in the Reserve Unit of the Mobile Force.
29 May 1942 Yugure departed Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan at 0600 hours.
4 Jun 1942 Yugure escorted the Aleutian Guard Force.
5 Jun 1942 Yugure escorted the Aleutian Guard Force.
8 Jun 1942 Yugure was transferred to the Northern Naval Force.
9 Jun 1942 Yugure received fuel at sea and sailed to make rendezvous with Carrier Division 4.
17 Jun 1942 Yugure arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
14 Jul 1942 Yugure was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 4 of the 2nd Fleet while at Yokosuka, Japan
11 Aug 1942 Yugure began escorting the 2nd Fleet from Yokosuka, Japan toward Truk, Caroline Islands.
17 Aug 1942 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands, completing the mission to escort the 2nd Fleet from Yokosuka, Japan.
18 Aug 1942 Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Jaluit, Marshall Islands.
22 Aug 1942 Yugure bombarded Ocean Island, Hawaiian Islands.
23 Aug 1942 Yugure bombarded Ocean Island, Hawaiian Islands.
26 Aug 1942 Yugure landed men on Ocean Island, Hawaiian Islands.
1 Sep 1942 A Japanese garrison united arrived at Ocean Island, Hawaiian Islands, relieving the landing party from destroyer Yugure. Yugure set sail for Jaluit, Marshall Islands.
2 Sep 1942 Yugure and Kagero landed about 150 men and supplies at Taivu, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
5 Sep 1942 Yugure, Fubuki, Amagiri, and Kagero landed 370 men and supplies at Taivu, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
8 Sep 1942 Sendai, Yugure, and seven other destroyers sortied from Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands against US landings at Taivu, Guadalcanal. The force sank patrol craft USS YP-346 at 2240 hours off Tulagi.
12 Oct 1942 Yugure and Yura escorted Nisshin and Chitose after Battle of Cape Esperance off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
1 Nov 1942 Yugure's commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Kiyoshi Kamo was promoted to the rank of commander.
2 Nov 1942 Tenryu, Yugure, and six other destroyers transported 240 men belonging to Japanese 38th Infantry Division and supplies to Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal in rough waters; upon unloading, the group took on 65 evacuees.
5 Nov 1942 Yugure and six other destroyers each transported about 200 men to Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal; upon unloading, the group took on 250 construction workers and wounded troops.
8 Nov 1942 Yugure and six other destroyers transported men to Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
12 Nov 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze engaged with USS Cushing and USS Laffey during the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, and then escorted the crippled battleship Hiei. Meanwhile, Yugure picked up Hiei survivors 5 miles northwest of Savo Island.
18 Nov 1942 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Nov 1942 Ariake and Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Dec 1942 Ariake and Yugure arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
3 Dec 1942 Ariake and Yugure arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands at 0530 hours. At 1100 hours, Yugure, Naganami, and Makinami departed Shortland Islands to serve as escort for a group of seven destroyers carrying supply drums for Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal.
4 Dec 1942 Yugure, Naganami, and Makinami arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
9 Dec 1942 Amagiri and Yugure departed Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands at 1230 hours on a transport run to Guadalcanal. They arrived at Guadalcanal at 2011 hours, unloaded, and departed at 2315 hours.
10 Dec 1942 Amagiri and Yugure arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands at 0700 hours.
12 Dec 1942 Amagiri and Yugure departed Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands at 1230 hours on a transport run to Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel Island, Solomon Islands.
13 Dec 1942 Amagiri and Yugure arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
15 Dec 1942 Amagiri and Yugure departed Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands at 1230 hours on a transport run to Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel Island, Solomon Islands.
16 Dec 1942 Amagiri and Yugure arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
18 Dec 1942 Yugure began escorting convoys between Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands and Rabaul, New Britain, Solomon Islands.
18 Dec 1942 Yugure completed escorting convoys between Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands and Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
26 Dec 1942 Yugure, Urakaze, Tanikaze, Isonami, Inazuma, and Arashio departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands to transport 600 troops and supplies to occupy Wickham Anchorage, Vangunu, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
27 Dec 1942 Yugure, Urakaze, Tanikaze, Isonami, Inazuma, and Arashio briefly stopped at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands at 1335 hours, and then arrived at Wickham Anchorage, Vangunu, Solomon Islands at 2125 hours. The ships unloaded the 600 troops and supplies and departed at 2240.
28 Dec 1942 Yugure, Urakaze, Tanikaze, Isonami, Inazuma, and Arashio arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
1 Jan 1943 Yugure escorted a convoy out of Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
4 Jan 1943 Yugure completed a convoy escort mission to Truk, Caroline Islands.
7 Jan 1943 Zuikaku, Mutsu, and Suzuya departed Truk, Caroline Islands, escorted by Yugure, Inazuma, Isonami, Asashio, and Ariake.
12 Jan 1943 Zuikaku, Mutsu, and Suzuya arrived at Kure, Japan, escorted by Yugure, Inazuma, Isonami, Asashio, and Ariake.
13 Jan 1943 Yugure and Ariake departed Kure, Japan at 1500 hours.
14 Jan 1943 Yugure arrived at Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled maintenance and refitting.
3 Feb 1943 Yugure escorted a troop convoy out of Sasebo, Japan.
9 Feb 1943 Yugure completed a troop convoy escort mission from Sasebo, Japan to Qingdao, China.
12 Feb 1943 Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru, with troops on board, sailed out of Qingdao, China, with Yugure in escort.
21 Feb 1943 Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands with Yugure in escort.
22 Feb 1943 Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru departed Palau, Caroline Islands at 1300 hours with Yugure, Satsuki, and Fumizuki in escort.
26 Feb 1943 Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru arrived at Wewak, Australian New Guinea at 1130 hours with Yugure, Satsuki, and Fumizuki in escort.
28 Feb 1943 Yugure took on ground support crews of carrier Zuiho and departed Wewak, Australian New Guinea at 1200 hours.
2 Mar 1943 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands at 1300 hours and unloaded support crews of carrier Zuiho.
8 Mar 1943 Yugure and Hagikaze escorted Chuyo out of Truk, Caroline Islands.
13 Mar 1943 Chuyo arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, with Yugure and Hagikaze in escort.
15 Mar 1943 Yugure departed Yokosuka, Japan at 1600 hours.
17 Mar 1943 Yugure arrived at Sasebo, Japan at 0745 hours.
19 Mar 1943 Kongo departed Sasebo, Japan for the West Inland Sea, with Yugure and Hagikaze in escort.
20 Mar 1943 Kongo arrived at the West Inland Sea, with Yugure and Hagikaze in escort.
22 Mar 1943 Junyo and Hiyo departed Saeki, Hiroshima, Japan with Yugure, Hatsuzuki, Suzutsuki, and Kagero in escort.
27 Mar 1943 Junyo and Hiyo arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands with Yugure, Hatsuzuki, Suzutsuki, and Kagero in escort.
5 Apr 1943 Yugure departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 0600 to make rendezvous with Nichiei Maru at sea.
6 Apr 1943 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Apr 1943 Nagara and Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 1335 hours to make rendezvous with disabled transport ship Kosei Maru (torpedoed by USS Tunny on 7 Apr 1943).
9 Apr 1943 Nagara and Yugure was joined by Yuzuki and Yugiri at 0440 hours, and at 0530 hours the group arrived at disabled transport ship Kosei Maru's location; the transport was torpedoed by USS Tunny two days prior. The destroyers began an anti-submarine sweep and at 0558 hours Yuzuki dropped several depth charges against a possible target. At 1308, while in two by Nagara, Kosei Maru foundered and sank; 137 survivors were taken on by Nagara.
10 Apr 1943 Nagara and Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
13 Apr 1943 Yugure and Suzutsuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Apr 1943 Yugure collided with Muko Maru south of Truk, Caroline Islands and suffered minor damage.
15 Apr 1943 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands at 1500 hours and began receiving repairs.
16 Apr 1943 Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 0800 hours to patrol nearby waters.
28 Apr 1943 Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 1555 hours to escort Kyokuto Maru.
29 Apr 1943 Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 May 1943 Yamato, Chuyo, Unyo, Myoko, Haguro, Yugure, Naganami, Samidare, and Ushio departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
13 May 1943 Yamato, Chuyo, Unyo, Myoko, Haguro, Yugure, Naganami, Samidare, and Ushio arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. Later on the same day, Yamato departed for Kure, Japan.
6 Jun 1943 Yugure departed Sasebo, Japan for Yokosuka, Japan at 1400 hours.
10 Jun 1943 Hiyo, Yugure, and Ariake deparated Yokosuka, Japan at 1400 hours. About 17 miles off Miyake Island at 1852 hours, USS Trigger fired six torpedoes at Hiyo, scoring two hits. In the darkness, at 1937 hours, Hiyo opened fire on Yugure while Yugure swept for the American submarine, killing two and wounding five. Yugure's No. 3 turret's shield was also damaged. Nevertheless, Yugure and Ariake would remain on anti-submarine patrols around Hiyo through the night.
11 Jun 1943 Isuzu, Ariake, and Yugure escorted Hiyo, damaged by USS Trigger on the previous day, toward Yokosuka, Japan.
12 Jun 1943 Isuzu, Ariake, Yugure, and Hiyo arrived at Yokosuka, Japan at 1030 hours. Torpedo-damaged Hiyo entered drydocks at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal for repairs at 1053 hours; her bottom scraped the bottom of the drydock while moving in.
16 Jun 1943 Ryuho, Yugure, Yukikaze, and Ariake departed Yokosuka, Japan at 1100 hours.
21 Jun 1943 Ryuho, Yukikaze, Naka, and Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. Yugure would begin a period of maintenance and refitting at Truk.
28 Jun 1943 Yugure completed maintenance and reiftting at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Jul 1943 Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 1600 hours.
5 Jul 1943 Yugure arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 1150 hours.
6 Jul 1943 Sendai and Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 Jul 1943 Sendai and Yugure arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands. Yugure, Yukikaze, Tanikaze, and Hamakaze departed later on the same day, escorting a troop transport mission to Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands.
10 Jul 1943 Yugure, Yukikaze, Tanikaze, and Hamakaze arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
12 Jul 1943 Yugure, Yukikaze, Hamakaze, and Kiyonami departed Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands, escorting a troop transport mission involving light cruiser Jintsu to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands. En route, they encountered Allied warships, resulting in the Battle of Kolombangara that lasted into the next morning. Jintsu and USS Gwin were sunk, and USS Honolulu and USS St. Louis were damaged. The Japanese were able to land 1,200 men.
16 Jul 1943 Yugure departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 2200 hours.
17 Jul 1943 Yugure received word at 0900 hours that her current transport mission was canceled; she arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 1850 hours.
18 Jul 1943 Kumano, Yugure, Kiyonami, and other ships departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 2150 hours as a part of the Night Battle Force to escort a transport run. 35 US Navy and US Marine Corps TBM Avenger dive bombers from Guadalcanal detected the Japanese force and attacked, damaging Kumano's aft hull plates, forcing the cruiser to withdraw toward Rabaul.
19 Jul 1943 US aircraft detected the Japanese Night Battle Force in the Solomon Islands at 1905 hours and attacked, and the attack was repulsed. At 2100 hours, Japanese destroyer transports were ordered to separately proceed to Vila, Kolombangara, Solomon Islands. At 2220 hours, flares were sighted over the transport destroyers, but no American warships arrived to attack. At 2310 hours, Japanese warships of the Night Battle Force (Kumano, Yugure, Kiyonami, Yukikaze, and others) reversed course for Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
20 Jul 1943 At 0010 hours, a US TBF aircraft equipped with radar detected the Japanese Night Battle Force between Vella Lavella Island and Choiseul Island in the Solomon Islands. Multiple waves of aircraft were launched to attack. At 0034 hours, Yugure was hit by a 2,000-poung bomb amidships (sinking within minutes), followed by a hit on Kumano in the starboard quarter. Additional attacks scored no hits; two TBF and two B-25 aircraft were shot down during the attacks. Kiyonami picked up about 20 of Yugure's survivors at about 0200 hours. At 0521 hours, eight US B-25 bombers tasked with finding the damaged Kumano found Kiyonami instead, scoring a hit that detonated a magazine, and Kiyonami sank within two minutes. Only one of Kiyonami's crew survived (not found until 4 Aug 1943); all of Yugure's survivors were killed. At 1108 hours, the destroyer transports, having successfully delivered 300 men and supplies to Vila, Kolombangara, Solomon Islands before dawn, joined the surviving ships of the Night Battle Force, and they would arrive at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 1730 hours.
15 Oct 1943 Yugure was removed from the Japanese Navy List.

Photographs

Japanese destroyer Yugure underway, 1930sYugure, 4-7 Oct 1935Yugure, date unknown; seen in US Division of Naval Intelligence booklet A503 FM30-50




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