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  Maikaze 舞風
Kagero Class Destroyer

2,490 Tons
388' 9" x 35' 5" x 12' 6"
6 × 5" guns
28 × 25mm AA guns
4 × 13 mm AA guns
8 × 24" torpedo tubes
36 depth charges

Ship History
Laid down April 22, 1940. Launched March 15, 1941. Comissioned July 15, 1941 under the command of Captain Nakasugi Seiji. Maikaze means "whirlwind" or "dancing wind".

Wartime History
Assigned to Desdiv 4. On November 29, 1941 departed Terashima Strait arriving at Mako (Pescadores) on December 2, 1941.


Participated in the Battle of Midway. On June 4, 1942 between 2:00pm to 5:00pm destroyers Hagikaze and Maikaze rescue surviors from Kaga. On June 5, 1942 at 5:20am Arashio, Hagikaze, Maikaze and Nowaki scuttled damaged Akagi with torpedoes. Afterwards, Maikaze helped rescued her surviving crew and transfered them aboard Mutsu.


On October 3, 1942 departed Shortland as part of a "Tokyo Express" reinforcement mission to Guadalcanal escorting Chitose, Nisshin with escorting destroyers Nowaki and Akitsuk.

On October 4, 1942 off New Georgia attacked by a formation of B-17 Flying Fortress returning from an aborted mission. The B-17s were intercepted by floatplanes flying a combat air patrol over the fleet. During the interception, F1M2 Pete piloted by Kiyomi deliberately rammed B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9118 causing it to crash. Although damaged, PO Katsuki Kiyomi and his observer successfully bailed out and were rescued by destroyer Akitsuki. For this attack, Kiyomi earned a commendation and gold chevron.


Sinking History
On February 16, 1944 departed Truk with Nowaki (Nowake) escorting cruiser Katori and Akagi Maru bound for Yokosuka. Roughly 40 miles northwest of Truk hit by gunfire from USS Minneapolis CA-36 and USS New Orleans CA-32 and sunk. The entire crew went down with the ship.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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