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1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 12:48:41 PM   
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I'm spending much too much time out searching the web lately. Here's another one I came across, but it not a floatplane this time.





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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 1:29:04 PM   
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There were several Japanese destroyers that lost their bows, but hardly any survived the experience. I bet this is Amatsukaze (the kanji name on the side plating is hardly legible, but "Amatsukaze" contains 4 characters that seem to fit what is visible here.

She was torpedoed by USS Redfin on 11 January 1944 and lost her bow. That she did NOT sink was only discovered 6 days later and she was towed into Singapore to have a emergency replacement bow fitted there. I presume this is where the picture is taken.

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 1:32:34 PM   
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Sorry, it's not the Amatsukaze.

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 1:34:43 PM   
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Not sure the name (other than it's clearly a special-type IJN DD), but that's certainly what 80 Major Float Damage looks like!

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 1:53:11 PM   
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Hmm, could also be Akishimo, but she was sunk only four days after loosing her bow, at Manila. The picture certainly looks like it was taken in a harbour.

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 1:55:49 PM   
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Sorry, it's not the Akishimo.

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 1:58:09 PM   
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I've seen pictures of ships with their bows blown off, but I've never seen one blown off so far back and the ship still afloat.

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 2:08:45 PM   
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Hmm, I'll take a final guess then - Yugiri. This looks like it could be her: http://www.combinedfleet.com/BrokenbowYugiri.jpg

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 2:12:35 PM   
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Hiltibrant avoids striking out with his third guess. It is the Yugiri. It's bow was torn off by a typhoon off the coast of china in 1935.


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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 2:14:42 PM   
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I've learned a lot here today. Once you start digging it looks like a surprising number of Japanese destroyers survived losing their bows. Before this thread, I'd only heard of Amatsukaze. Nice thread, fodder.

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 2:18:15 PM   
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Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for playing!

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/5/2012 2:21:51 PM   
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I hadn't even thought of the Fourth Fleet-incident, since this looked so much like the effect of a magazine explosion and I was only looking for destroyers damaged in wartime. Someone should have framed this picture and sent it to Halsey before 1944

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RE: 1/4 is missing but can you ID this one? - 11/6/2012 2:36:05 AM   
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It is difficult to imagine how big the waves have to be in order to chop off 1/4 of the ship.

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