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Japan's Yamashiro Maru escort aircraft carrier

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Yamashiro Maru in 1945:
Yamashiro Maru in 1945
Imperial Japanese Army photo

Design

In 1944 the Imperial Japanese Army chartered two Type 2TL tankers to be converted into escort carriers. These would help protect troop convoys.

All the aircraft would be stored on deck as there was no hangar.

Ships

IJA Chigusa Maru

  • Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
  • September 11, 1944: Laid down.
  • December 29, 1944: Launched.

IJA Yamashiro Maru

  • Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
  • July 19, 1944: Laid down.
  • November 14, 1944: Launched.
  • January 27, 1945: Completed.
  • February 17, 1945: Sunk by American aircraft at Yokohama.

Specifications

  Yamashiro Maru
Crew 221
Physical Characteristics  
Length 516' 9"
157.5 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 485' 7"
148 m
Beam 66' 11"
20.4 m
Draft / Height 29' 6"
9 m
Flight Deck 410' x 75' 6"
125 m x 23 m
Performance  
Speed 15 knots
Range at 13 knots 9,000 nautical miles
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 25 mm: 16
Aircraft 8
Depth Charges 120
Armor  
Engines  
Boilers 2
Shafts 1
Turbines Geared
HP 4,500

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site