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  Yūdachi 夕立
Shiratsuyu-class destroyer

1,685 Tons
340' x 32' 6" x 11' 6"
5 x 127mm guns
2 x 13mm AA guns
8 x 24" torpedoe tubes
16 x depth charges

Ship History
Named Yūdachi meaning "Evening squall". Also spelled Yudachi in English sources.


In early April 1942, as part of the Indian Ocean raid, Ryūjō attacked shipping in the Bay of Bengal escorted by cruisers Chōkai, Kumano, Suzuya, Mogami, Mikuma, Yura, and four destroyers. In total, the force sank 23 merchant ships.


On October 24, 1942 departed Shortland as part of No. 2 Attack Unit with Rear Admiral Tamotsu Takama's flagship Akizuki, Harusame, Murasame, Yura and Yudachi. on a mission to bombard Guadalcanal in support of Japanese Army General Hyakutake offensive on Guadalcanal.

On October 25, 1942 at the northern end of Indispensable Strait attacked by U. S. Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers damaged Yura. Afterwards, Yudachi and Harusame rescued survivors then scuttled her. Afterwards, the mission was cancelled and the surviving ships withdrew to the northwest to Shortland.


Sinking History
On November 13, 1942 sunk during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

Spelled "Yudachi" in English references.

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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