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Old 02-03-2017, 10:33
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This photo was taken by my father in China, 1936-1938. Can anyone ID the ship for me? Thanks!
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This photo was taken by my father in China, 1936-1938. Can anyone ID the ship for me? Thanks!
Hi John--
Very nice photo: pictures of Japanese warships of this era are rare and we'd love to see any more you might have. This ship is a "torpedo boat" rather than a destroyer: they were smaller, cheaper, less capable than destroyers (for some reason, only the axis powers built such vessels in World War II). This one is the HAYABUSA, of the Otori Class, built 1935-6. (The Katakana symbols are arranged to read from stern to bow: ハ = HA, ヤ = YA, ブ = BU, サ = SA).

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