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Yugumo Class Destroyer

390' 11" x 35' 5" x 12' 4"
6 × 5 in (127 mm) guns,
up to 28 × 25 mm AA guns,
up to 4 × 13 mm AA guns,
8 × 610 mm Type 93 torpedo tubes,
36 depth charges

Ship History
Built at Maizuru. Completed August 18, 1942 and delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Makinami meaning "Overflowing Waves" (other sources state "Swirling Waves" or "Rolling Waves") with commander Toyoji Hitomi in command. On August 31, 1942 assigned to the Second Fleet, Desron 2, Desdiv 31.


On November 22, 1942 departs Shortland Harbor with Hakaze escorting Chihaya Maru, Shini Maru (Kamoi) and Houn Maru on a transport mission bound for Munda but aborts and returns. On November 24, 1942 again departs Shortland Harbor and later that day arrives at Munda on New Georgia. On November 25, 1942 departs Munda with Chihaya Maru, Shini Maru (Kamoi) escorted by Makinami and at 4:00pm returns to Shortland Harbor.


On February 23, 1943 Makinami picked up Pfc Arthur Mirarchi who accidentally bailed out of B-17F "Georgia Peach" 41-24454 over the target from the sea south of Tavurvur and transported the prisoner to Rabaul.


On November 11, 1943 after a U. S. air raid against Rabaul, tows Naganami into port.

On November 19, 1943 participated in a troop transport and evacuation run to Garove Island.

On November 21, 1943 departed as an escort for a a troop transport and evacuation run to Buka. On November 24-24, 1943 returning from Buka.

Sinking History
During the night of November 25, 1943 during the Battle of Cape St. George around 2:00am Makinami was hit by a single torpedo fired by either USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570), USS CLAXTON (DD-571) or USS DYSON (DD-572) and disabled. Soon afterwards, sunk by gun fire and torpedoes from USS CONVERSE (DD-509) and USS SPENCE (DD-512) at Lat 5° 14' S, Long 153°  50' E roughly 55 miles east-southeast from Cape St. George, roughly halfway between Buka and New Ireland. During this action, Commander Hitomi  died. Officially removed from the Navy list on February 10, 1944.

Fates of the Crew
Afterwards, twenty-eight survivors used a life boat and managed to reach shore and were later rescued.

IJN Makinami: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
December 8, 2019


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