The chill of Autumn, and 500-pound bombs, 73 years ago today

A B-25 executes a skip-bombing attack on IJN Akishimo during the Ormoc Bay campaign,10 November 1944. US Army Signal Corps Photo A56859A

IJN destroyer Akishimo shown under attack by U.S. Army B-25 Mitchells while escorting troop convoy TA No. 4 withdrawing from from Manila to Ormoc, Philippines, on this day in November 1944.

She suffered heavy damage after taking a direct bomb hit, losing her bow and 20 sailors along with it. Two days later, while under repair at Japanese-occupied Cavite Naval Yard, she was hit by another USAAF attack and subsequently destroyed.

Akishimo (秋霜, “Autumn Frost”) was a 2,500-ton Yūgumo-class destroyer completed 11 March 1944 for the Imperial Japanese Navy. As such, she was just over eight months old in the above photo, and would never be pretty again.

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2 responses to “The chill of Autumn, and 500-pound bombs, 73 years ago today”

  1. Fergus says :

    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsGreat article but this is not a destroyer but rather a small Japanese Kaikobam, an escort vessel. Still the articles are amazing and well worth the wait.

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