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  Hōshō 鳳翔
Aircraft Carrier

7,470 Tons (standard)
9,494 Tons (normal)
552' x 59' x 20' 3"

Ship History
Built by Asano Shipbuilding Company in Yokohama. Laid down December 16, 1920. Launched November 13, 1921. Comissioned December 27, 1922 as Hōshō 鳳翔, ("phoenix flying" in Japanese). In English, spelled Hosho.


On September 20, 1945 Captain Kaneoka Kunizo takes command. On October 5, 1945 officially removed from the Navy List and turned over to the Allies for use as a transport vessel to repatriate Japanese Prisoners Of War (POW) and civilians overseas back to Japan. In this role, Hosho had a Japanese crew including 25 officers, 10 special duty officers, 6 warrant officers and 369 petty officers and crew.

On October 10, 1945 departs Kure on her first repatration trip with Kashima. On October 16, 1945 arrives Wotje and embarks 700 passengers then departs for Eniwetok. On October 22, 1945 arrives Jaluit and embarks 311 Japanese POWs and departs the next day and arrives at Uraga on November 3, 1945 and disembarks the 1,011 personnel and resupplies. On December 5, 1945 enters drydock at Hidachi Innoshima shipyard for repairs and removal of portions of the flight deck to clear visibility from the bridge.

On January 5, 1946 departs Kure on her second repatration trip traveling via Saeki to Wewak. In late January 1946 embarks 5,000 Japanese POWs from Fauro Island then departs for Japan.

On August 31, 1946 struck off charge and transfered to the Ministry of the Interior for disposal by Kyôwa Shipbuilding Company. Between September 2, 1946 until May 1, 1947 scrapped in Osaka.

Combined Fleet IJN Hosho: Tabular Record of Movement
The Hard Slog (2012) by Karl James page 264, 297 (footnote 57)

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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