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Nisshin by dugazm Nisshin by dugazm
Japanese seaplane carrier Nisshin

The ship was usually operating as fast transport. The Nisshin was sunk on 22 July 1943 by American dive bombers.
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GallifreyanGeek Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Incredible painting, I love the perspective. Awesome details :D
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this looks beautiful :D :D :D
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of some of the great old Hasegawa box-art of days gone by!
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent
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korborak Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Looks fantastic!! :)
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Dehzinn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember there was a boss like this in Heroes of the Pacific.

Except it was a submarine.
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diversdream Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
30 November 1939:
Launched,but completion delayed by decision to add midget submarine deployment to her seaplane carrying capabilities.

19 February 1942:
Ship makes trial runs.
Traditional `Portrait' photo taken.

27 February 1942:
Captain Komazawa Katsumi, former fitting-out officer, formally assigned as Commanding Officer per standard practice.

3 March 1942:
In the Inland Sea.
Japan.
When IJNS CHIYODA's midget sub No.13 sinks during training the IJNS NISSHIN and destroyer IJNS YAKAZE are dispatched to search for it.
The tender locates the sunken vessel, but it is too late to do anything, and all three men aboard the midget are lost.

20 March 1942:
At Hashirajima.
Assigned to VADM the Marquis Teruhisa Komatsu Advance Force, Sixth Fleet.

16 April 1942:
1100: Depart Hashirajima for Port Moresby PNG.

26 April 1942:
Arrive at Surabaya via Davao.

8 May 1942:
Return to Hashirajima.

29 May 1942: Battle of Midway:
Depart Hashirajima sailing as part of Adm Yamamoto's `Main Body' - attached to the "Special Duty Unit" with IJNS CHIYODA, under the Overall command of its CO, Captain Harada Kaku.
The IJNS NISSHIN carries midget submarines (as does IJNS CHIYODA) instead of seaplanes for this campaign.
The midget submarines are to be landed after arrival at Midway the afternoon of 6 June 1942; to become part of the new garrison's defenses.

6 June (USA 5 June)

0300:
IJNS NISSHIN, operating a short distance from Main Body, is ordered along with 2nd Fleet and the Mobile Force, to proceed to a fueling rendevous in position 33'N, 170'E by morning of 7 June 1942.
This is later changed to afternoon of the 8th, and then morning of 9 June.

7 June 1942:
Afternoon:
IJNS NISSHIN, operating a short distance from Main Body, is in position 31-17'N, 168-57'E, heading due south and preparing her one operational type 00 "Pete" seaplane to participate in the planned attack on TF16 that night or following morning.
This is called off the following day.

19 June 1942:
Return to Hashirajima.

18 September 1942:
Arrive at the Shorlands.

25 September 1942:
Depart Shortlands for Kavieng, arrive next day.

28 September 1942:
Some reports state that IJNS NISSHIN was torpedoed and damaged while east of Kokoda Island by USS SCULPIN (SS-191) this morning.(SEE Note 1).

30 September 1942:
Depart Kavieng for Shortlands, arrive next day.

3 October 1942:
- 0630 IJNS NISSHIN departs Shortland on transport mission to Tassafaronga escorted by IJNS NOWAKI and IJNS MAIKAZE; the tender loaded with nine artillery pieces and 330 men, including General Maruyama Masao of the 2nd Division.
- 1540 attacked from air, no damage.
- 2200 Surprised by night air attack, IJNS NISSHIN is near-missed by a bomb that starts a leak in her engine room. Given the large amount of American radio traffic, the decision is made to cut short the disembarking and for IJNS NISSHIN to clear the area as soon as possible.
She departs with two artillery Guns and 80 soldiers still aboard.
The new AA destroyer IJNS AKIZUKI is also dispatched from Rabaul to strengthen the escort the following day, and despite further air attack, IJNS NISSHIN's force returns safely.

7 October 1942:
IJNS NISSHIN starts on a second "express run" from Shortlands, but the mission is called off before she reaches the half-way point because no air cover is available.

8 October 1942:
IJNS NISSHIN transport mission from Shortlands.
Loaded with six AA guns, two howitzers, 180 soldiers and escorted by the IJNS AKIZUKI, with four other destroyers loaded with 560 troops makes the run into Guadalcanal.

9 October 1942:
0455 Having retired 150 miles up the Slot, IJNS NISSHIN (group) is attacked by planes.
No damage.

11 October 1942:
IJNS NISSHIN and IJNS CHITOSE depart Shortlands for run to Tassafaronga carrying four howitzers, two field guns, one AA gun, equipment, and 280 men.
They are escorted by six destroyers carrying more troops.
A cover group group composed of Crudiv 6 made up of IJN Ships AOBA,FURUTAKA,KINUGASA and two destroyers departs with them intending to cover the landing with a bombardment of Henderson AirField.
- 2020 IJNS NISSHIN and IJNS CHITOSE arrive at Tassafaronga and begin unloading, but an hour and half later the covering bombardment group of Admiral Goto IJN runs into an American surface force and the result is the Battle of Cape Esperance.

12 October 1942:
IJNS NISSHIN and IJNS CHITOSE withdraw unmolested, but detach destroyers IJNS SHIRAYUKI and IJNS MURAKUMO to go back to the rescue of stricken cruiser IJNS FURUTAKA's survivors and IJNS ASAGUMO and IJNS NATSUGUMO to rendevous with the cruiser IJNS KINUGASA, now all alone. This latter effort ends in considerable disaster, with both the IJNS MURAKUMO and IJNS NATSUGUMO lost to air attack later that day.

13 October 1942:
IJNS NISSHIN photographed during attack by enemy planes off Bougainville.

14 October 1942:
2200: IJNS NISSHIN with IJN Ships SENDAI, YURA, ASAGUMO, AKATSUKI, IKAZUCHI, and SHIRAYUKI land a further 1100 soldiers ashore on Cape Esperance.

1 November 1942:
Depart Shortlands for Truk.

3 November 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

23 November 1942:
Depart Truk for Yokosuka.

27 November 1942:
Arrive at Yokosuka.

5 December 1942:
Captain relieved by Captain Ito Jotaro IJN as Commanding Officer.

10 December 1942:
Depart Yokosuka for Truk.

15 December 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

17 December 1942:
Departs Truk.

19 December 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul.

21 December 1942:
Departs Rabaul.

27 December 1942:
Returns to Kure.

4 January 1943:
Departs Kure,voyaging thru Inland Sea.

11 January 1943:
Arrives at Truk.

15 February 1943:
Depart Truk for Kure in company with BatDiv 3.

20 February 1943:
Arrive at Kure.

9 April 1943:
Departs Kure.

13 May 1943:
Arrives at Rabaul.

15 May 1943:
Departs Rabaul.

22 May 1943:
Returns to Kure.

26 June 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

30 June 1943:
Arrives at Kure from Yokosuka.

10 July 1943:
Having been ordered to deliver reinforcements to Bougainville after the enemy invaded New Georgia Island, the IJNS NISSHIN departs Kure escorted by IJNS ARASHI and IJNS HAGIKAZE.
Aboard the seaplane tender destined for the Buin garrisson are 630 troops of the No.4 South Seas Guard Unit, twenty-two tanks, some artillery, and a load of food and gasoline stores.

14 July 1943:
Arrive at Truk.

19 July 1943:
Depart Truk for Rabaul with IJN Ships MOGAMI, AGANO, OYODO, ISOKAZE, HAGIKAZE, and ARASHI.

21 July 1943:
Arrive at Rabaul; after rapid loading of an additional 250 soldiers aboard each of the three destroyers, the IJN Ships NISSHIN, ARASHI, HAGIKAZE, and ISOKAZE depart for Shortlands the same evening.
ComDesRon 10 Rear Adm Osugi Morikazu IJN shifts flag from IJNS AGANO to personally lead the operation from aboard IJNS HAGIKAZE.
- 2300: Enemy planes sighted, but Osugi decides to continue with the reinforcement.
(Today Ultra deciphers specifics of the anchorage arrangements, dooming the IJNS NISSHIN.
A fatal ambush is prepared).

22 July 1943:
- 1345: When the force is only two hours outside port, with arrival at Buin projected at 1600, enemy planes
*{See Note 2} attack southwest of the Bougainville Channel. The first attack of more than ten B-17s is successfully evaded with the IJNS NISSHIN working up to 34 knots in evasion.
- 1353: Enemy dive-bombers plunge out of the clouds to port only 1000 meters away.
Despite swift evasive action, three hits are suffered.
One on No.2 turret, one on the forward end of the aircraft deck, starting a fire, and the third most serious of all explodes inside the hangar deck which had been opened for offloading.
These hits cut electric power, cut speed by more than half, and jam the rudder.
However, a lull allows for counter-measures and the rudder is set back to the centerline.
- 1359 A third strike arrives, and in quick succession two more bombs strike the port sides amidships, tearing a large hole in the deck and blowing Out through the bottom.
Still moving along under power IJNS NISSHIN begins to list sharply to starboard and settle rapidly by the bow.
A sixth and last bomb smashes into her starboard side amidships accelerating this list.
The gunners remain at their posts till washed away from their mounts.

Abandon Ship is ordered, but there is too little time for escape for either crew or troops.

- Sunk:
At 1405 IJNS NISSHIN lurched sharply to starboard and plunged under the sea head first in position 06-33'S, 156-10'E.
From the first hit to sinking, only fourteen minutes had elapsed.
Captain Ito IJN, his XO Commander Tanaka Eichu IJN, and Chief Engineer Cmd Terada Torao IJN are all Killed.
Senior surviving officer is the Navigator Lt Cmdr Tsuramaru Hirotsugu IJN who was washed from the bridge as it sliced its way down under the sea.

Already loaded with troops, the destroyers are able to risk only two hours for rescue work before evacuating the scene.

Due to the fire and swiftness of the disaster, the casualties are very heavy.
Less than 200 aboard survived:
7 officers and eighty petty officers and men,and only 91 of the 630 soldiers are all that are rescued.

10 September 1942:
IJNS NISSHIN removed from Navy List.

Note 1:
This seems in error.
If the IJNS Nisshin was the target damaged, she received one or two torpedo hits on the port side at 0826 hours.
One on the port quarter, one just abaft the bridge island. However, examination of USS Sculpin's patrol report shows that she sighted two targets this morning.
The first, a Chiyoda-type tender, was sighted at 0640 with no escort but the submarine was unable to attack her.
Then at 0738 sighted a second ship, which was identified as an Omurosan-type tanker escorted by one subchaser.
This was the target actually attacked by four torpedoes at 0826.
Reportedly it was left damaged and screws stopped.
The first sighting at 0740 was likely IJNS Nisshin.
Since the USS Sculpin expressed surprise at being attacked by depth-charge dropped by an aircraft after the attack, the possibility does exist that the second target was the same as the first.
If so,the damage was minimal as it was not mentioned nor repaired.

Note 2:
USA records state that thirty-four SBD dive-bombers and bomb-armed TBFs, twelve B-24 bombers, and a group of B-17s participated in the series of attacks that sank the IJNS NISSHIN.
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alcuin18 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Very cool - especially the junk ship in the background.
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b3nny-j Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
faaar out, thats unreal!

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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Wow, great job, it has so much detail!

I never knew this types of ships existed in WWII.
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