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The flagship of the Japanese18th Destroyer Division, 1st Destroyer Squadron, Akigumo (meaning Clouds) was commanded by Lieutenant Commander Sadao Chigusa. The vessel was armed with six 5-inch and four 25mm guns and eight 24-inch torpedo tubes. She sailed with the Pearl Harbor task force, the First Air Fleet, and was assigned to screening and escort duties.

See also: First Air Fleet


You can find out more about Akigumo in the following Osprey books:

CAMPAIGN 62 Pearl Harbor 1941; CAMPAIGN 30 Midway 1942; AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 22 Japanese Navy Aces 1937-45