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History of Japanese aircraft carriers between 1921 and 1945. Dedicated page to the aircraft carrier class with short histories of each aircraft carrier including Hosho, Akagi, Kaga, Ryujo, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, Zuiho, Ryuho, Junyo, Taiho, Chitose, Chinano, Unryu, Ibuki, Taiyo, Kaiyo and Chinyo class carriers.

We have given short histories for all Japanese aircraft carriers completed. If we have any extra information or photographs just click on name to view the dedicated page for that aircraft carrier. Please note this aircraft carrier section is under construction.
Name Launch Date Fate
Wakamiya 12th January 1905 Carried seaplanes until 1920 when she carried Sopwith Pups. She was scrapped after April 1931.
 
Hosho 13th November 1921 Mainly used as a training ship she saw little action. Scrapped in 1947.
 
Akagi 22nd April 1925 Scuttled on 5th June 1942 after taking heavy damage from US bombers at Midway.
 
Kaga 17th November 1921 Sunk on 4th June 1942 after taking heavy damage from US bombers at Midway.
 
Ryujo 2nd April 1931 Sunk on 24th August 1942.
 
Soryu 23rd December 1935 Sunk on 4th June 1942 at Midway after US bombs caused fires which reached her fuel tanks.
 
Ryuho 16th November 1933 Mainly used as a training ship she saw little action. Scrapped in 1946.
 
Hiryu 16th November 1937 Scuttled on 5th June 1942 after taking heavy damage from US bombs at Midway.
Shokaku Class               View Class
Shokaku 1st June 1939 Survived Coral Sea and Santa Cruz battles but was torpedoed and sunk on 19th June 1944 by the sub USS Cavalla.
Zuikaku 27th November 1939 Sunk on 25th October 1944 by US bombers in the Leyte Gulf operations.
Junyo Class                 View Class
Junyo 26th June 1941 Scrapped in 1947.
Hiyo 24th June 1941 Sunk on 20th June 1944 by torpedo from US aircraft in Philippine Sea.
Chitose Class
Chitose 29th November 1936 Sunk on 25th October 1944 in Leyte Gulf actions.
Chiyoda 19th November 1937 Sunk on 25th October 1944 in Leyte Gulf actions.
Unryu Class
Unryu 25th September 1943 Sunk on 19th December 1944 by the sub USS Redfish.
Amagi 15th October 1943 Sunk on 24th July 1945 by US bombers.
Katsuragi 19th January 1944 Scrapped in 1947.
 
Taiho 7th April 1943 Sunk on 16th June 1944 after a torpedo from the sub USS Albacore.
 
Shinano 8th October 1944 Sunk on 29th November 1944 by the sub USS Archerfish.
Escort Carriers
Taiyo Class
Taiyo 19th September 1940 Sunk on 18th August 1944 by torpedoes from the sub USS Rasher.
Unyo 31st October 1939 Sunk on 16th September 1944 by torpedoes from the sub USS Barb.
Chuyo 20th May 1939 Sunk on 4th December 1943 by torpedoes from the sub USS Sailfish.
 
Kaiyo 9th December 1938 See Message Board
 
Shinyo 14th December 1934 Originally the passenger liner Scharnhorst, she was converted in 1942/43. Sunk on 17th November 1944  torpedoes from the sub USS Spadefish.