Yayoi (1925)

Yayoi c.1927. Imperial Japanese Navy photo, copyright expired.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down

Named for the month of March, Yayoi was a Mutsuki-class destroyer, laid down in 1924 as Destroyer No. 23. Commissioned in 1926, she received her name in 1928, when IJN destroyers were all given names. She supported the Army ashore in China during the late 1930s, and covered the occupation of French Indochina in 1940. In December, 1941, Yayoi was assigned to cover the invasion of Wake island, during which she was hit by a 5" shell from Marine artillery. Yayoi had a more successful go during the second attempt. In January, she received additional AA guns at Truk, before escorting convoys and covering landings for the next few months. Yayoi underwent a minor refit back home in July, before she headed back to the Solomon Islands, bombarding the US airfield on Guadalcanal during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, this day in 1942. Yayoi rescued survivors from her sister Mutsuki the next day, before being assigned to Tokyo Express troop and supply runs at the end of the month. On 11 September, Yayoi was attacked by USAAF bombers, and hit on her stern, disabling the ship. Continued attacks led to uncontrollable flooding, and she went down with sixty-eight crew.

Bonus Photos

Yayoi under air attack, 11 September, 1942, when she was sunk by USAAF B-17s and B-25s. USAAF photo.