3D38 front-3The sinking of Yahagi

The light cruiser YAHAGI was one of ten Japanese warships participating in Operation Ten-go Sakusen, the attack on American invasion fleet near Okinawa in April 1945. Along with eight destroyers YAHAGI was the escort of the battleship YAMATO. The whole group steamed off from Tokuyama on Honshu on the afternoon of 6 April. After passing the Bungo Strait the ships circumnavigated Kyushu and through the Osumi Strait between Kuyshu and Tanageshima entered the East China Sea. At 8 a.m. on 7 April the group changed course to south-west with the intention to approach Okinawa from north-west. Spotted by American reconnaissance aircraft, on early afternoon it became the target of a strike of 386 carrier-based aircraft of US Navy Task Force 58. During the first wave of the strike at 12.46 YAHAGI was hit by a torpedo in the engine room, which immobilized the ship. In two subsequent strikes she was hit by at least six torpedoes and 12 bombs. At 2.05 p.m. the ship capsized to starboard and sank in position 30°45’N 128°03’E with 445 crewmembers.

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