Japanese destroyer Kawakaze

Japanese destroyer Kawakaze

nihongo|"Kawakaze"|江風 was a sclass|Shiratsuyu|destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "River Wind".

On 7 August 1943, "Kawakaze" was on a troop transport run to Kolombangara. In the Battle of Vella Gulf she was sunk by gunfire and torpedoes of USS|Dunlap|DD-384, USS|Craven|DD-382 and USS|Maury|DD-401, between Kolombangara and Vella Lavella (coord|07|50|S|156|54|E).

Commanding Officers

* Chief Equipping Officer - Cmdr. Yuji Yamada - 1 December 1936—30 April 1937
* Cmdr. Yuji Yamada - 30 April 1937—30 July 1938
* Lt. Cmdr. / Cmdr. Shogo Narahara (Promoted 15 November 1938) - 30 July 1938—15 December 1938
* Lt. Cmdr. Masayoshi Yoshida - 15 December 1938—20 May 1939
* Lt. Cmdr. Minoru Yokoi - 20 May 1939—15 November 1939
* Lt. Cmdr. Kiyoshi Kikkawa - 15 November 1939—15 November 1940
* Lt. Cmdr. / Cmdr. Kazuo Wakabayashi (Promoted 15 November 1938)- 15 November 1940—28 November 1942
* Lt. Cmdr. Yoshio Yanase - 28 November 1942—7 August 1943 (KIA)

See also

* List of World War II ships
* List of ships of the Japanese Navy

External links

* [http://www.combinedfleet.com/shirat_c.htm CombinedFleet.com: "Shiratsuyu"-class destroyers]
* [http://www.combinedfleet.com/kawaka_t.htm CombinedFleet.com: "Kawakaze" history]
* [http://www.lemaire.happyhost.org/ship/+navires3/3741.html#300798 LemaireSoft's "Kawakaze"]
* [http://navalhistory.flixco.info/H/105207x53053/8330/a0.htm "Kawakaze" in Naval History of World Wars]

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