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1932 IJN Kaga "Yearbook"

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Hey guys, I love WoWs and it really got me into Naval history etc (youtube videos on historical battles, etc.) 

Well I knew my Grandfather was in the Navy for part of his service and I was just sorting threw the family archives and found a 1932 IJN Kaga (Carrier) "Yearbook" from the time my grandfather was the head doctor on the ship. I say "Yearbook" because the book style is a lot like the Yearbooks given out at university at the time and has a the photo of the entire crew and list of names from Kaga and supporting destroyers/cruisers. 

Before I post these up wanted to clarify a few things:

  • I found these last night - I fly out to Boston in three hours from Tokyo. These photos are not "top-notch" as I scrambled to take these before my flight. 
  • My Grandfather was not on-board the ship in the 40's as he was transferred to Manchuria and Singapore to do research on dealing with Malaria issue for the Japanese troops in South East Asia. So no, he was not a part of the Pearl Harbor bombing etc. However, I do acknowledge that this would put him on the Kaga during invasion of China. 
  • I am not trying to glorify the old IJN beliefs etc. rather respect the ships and the sailors of all sides of the war. I am now a US citizen and love visiting ships like the Salem and the Massachusetts on my free time. 
  • My grandfather was the head doctor of the first division of the Japanese Airforce at this time, which put him as the head doctor onboard of the Kaga during 1932.
  • One of the pictures with the white ship pulling out/into port is supposedly a British ship according to the caption. I'm curious but can't identify the ship, can someone help?
  • I had a lot more photos which I can post but also did not want to clutter 

 

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The US Navy calls these books "Cruise Books". I just assume most other navies use the same terminology. Nice find!

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3 minutes ago, bunsmcuds said:

 

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My grandfather is the one standing on the far right of the photo and the bottom right photo of the ship is the British ship I'd want to ID. 

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Fantastic source material! You are a lucky fellow! I for one would love more pics, especially any of just above the hanger door behind the group shot with your grandfather. I have yet to see a picture of the command bridge/gun deck. Supposedly a fighter could be launched between the twin 8" gun turrets but I do not see how the bridge and a hanger door could occupy the same space(you can see the bridge windows in several pictures, including the one above).

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I'd need a better view of that photo to ID the individual ship.  But, I can tell you it is one of 5 County class that were assigned to the 5th Cruiser Squadron on Britain's China Station from about 1928 to 1938.  These were:

Berwick

Cumberland

Suffolk

Kent

Cornwall

The picture just doesn't give enough detail to tell which one of those it is.

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Very nice find, OP.  That's good history there.  13 more years, that album will be 100 years old.

A copy & paste from CombinedFleet's Tabular Record of Movement for Kaga in 1932, so we can get an idea what she was up to that year.

1 December 1931: 
Captain Uno is relieved by Captain (later Rear Admiral) Onishi Jiro (34) (former CO of carrier AKAGI) as Commanding Officer. That same day, KAGA is assigned as CarDiv 1’s flagship under the command of Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Kato Takayoshi (31), also consisting of light carrier HOSHO.
29 January 1932:
KAGA, attached to the 3rd Fleet, CarDiv 1, also consisting of light carrier HOSHO, departs Sasebo for Shanghai.
1 February 1932: 
The Imperial Japanese Army joins Shanghai SNLF attempting to take control of Shanghai from the Chinese. By the end of the month, IJA troops number 50,000 men under General Shirakawa. That same day in support, KAGA arrives at the mouth of the Yangtse River. Her air group consists of 16 Nakajima Type 3 A1N2 fighters and 32 Mitsubishi Type 13 B1M3 attack aircraft.
3 February 1932: 
About noon, KAGA launches an air strike against Chinese positions with of 12 Nakajima Type 3 A1N2 fighters and 3 Mitsubishi Type 13 B1M3 attack aircraft. Due to heavy AA fire, some of the aircraft abort. No losses are sustained.
4 February 1932: 
3 Nakajima Type 3 A1N2 fighters from KAGA escort 3 Yokosuka Type 14-3 E1Y3 floatplanes from NOTORO to a strafing mission on Chinese 19th Army troops. No losses are sustained.
5 February 1932: 
One KAGA Mitsubishi Type 13 B1M3 attack aircraft, on a recon mission, is shot down by Chinese AA with her two aviators KIA.
7 February 1932: 
Some of HOSHO and KAGA’s aircraft are detached to [edited] Airfield. There, they fly ground attack missions in support of the IJA.
23~26 February 1932: 
KAGA and HOSHO’s bombers attack Chinese airfields at Hangzhou and Suzhou, destroying a number of Chinese aircraft on the ground.
26 February 1932: 
Nine attack aircraft from KAGA, escorted by 6 fighters from HOSHO on one of the bombing raids, shoot down two of 5 Chinese fighters that engaged them.
1 March 1932: 
General Shirakawa's troops encircle the Chinese 19th Route Army and force a Cease-Fire. That same day, the Japanese establish the puppet government of Manchukuo (former Manchuria). They make Henry Pu Yi , the last Emperor of China, the Emperor of Manchukuo. The Japanese carriers are able to return to the homeland.
E 17 March 1932: 
CarDiv 1 departs China waters.
20 March 1932: 
CarDiv 1 rejoins the Combined Fleet in Japan waters.
15 November 1932: 
Captain Onishi is relieved by Captain (later Rear Admiral) Okada Shunichi (35) (former CO of armored cruiser IWATE) as Commanding Officer.

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Also interesting seeing just how far naval aviation had come from 1932 to 1941 when Pearl Harbor went down.

Hell, Kaga gets the A6M2 Zero, B5N2 torpedo bombers, and D3A1 dive bombers only in late November 1941, just weeks before the Pearl Harbor strike.

 

Naval Aviation goes from this in 1932:

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To this (Kaga flight deck in 1937):

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To this, Carrier Shokaku sending out her 1st strike for Pearl Harbor in December 1941:

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The war years would only hasten the pace of improvement for Naval Aviation, just making it absolutely clear that Battleships were obsolete.

 

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