Takatsugu Jōjima

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Takatsugu Jōjima
Born June 20, 1890
Saga Prefecture, Japan
Died September 25, 1967(1967-09-25) (aged 77)[1]
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch  Imperial Japanese Navy
Years of service 1912-1945
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Oiler Tsurumi
Aircraft carrier Hōshō
Aircraft carrier Hiryū
Aircraft carrier Shōkaku
11th Carrier Division
50th carrier Division
2nd Carrier Division
652nd Naval Air Group
21st Air Flotilla
11th Combined Air Group
12th Combined Air Group
Kasumigaura Naval Air Group
12th Air Flotilla

World War II

Takatsugu Jōjima (城島 高次, Jōjima Takatsugu, 20 June 1890 – 9 October 1967) was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.


Jōjima was from Saga Prefecture. He was a graduate of the 40th class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1912, where he placed 111th out of 144 cadets. He served as midshipman on the cruiser Azuma and battlecruiser Ikoma. After being commissioned as ensign, he was assigned to the battlecruiser Ibuki and then Akashi, and then back to Ikoma.

As a sub-lieutenant, he served on Nisshin, battleship Asahi, and the destroyer Hatsuharu. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1919 after attending advanced navigation courses, and became chief navigator on the patrol boat Manshu, transport Takasaki, minelayer Katsuriki, seaplane carrier Wakamiya, oiler Shiriya, cruisers Tatsuta (1918), Natori, Abukuma, Haguro, and aircraft carrier Kaga.

Promoted to commander in 1931, Jōjima was assigned as executive officer on the aircraft carriers Hōshō and Hiryu. On 17 April 1941, he became captain of the aircraft carrier Shōkaku.

Jōjima was still captain of Shōkaku during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Rabaul, the Indian Ocean Raid, Operation Mo, the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Jōjima was promoted to rear admiral on 1 May 1942. As commander of naval aviation units throughout the war, he also led the seaplane tenders that participated in the defense of Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign including the Battle of Cape Esperance and Japanese efforts to recapture Henderson Field in 1942.

Surviving the war, Jōjima died in 1967.



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  • Poor, Henry Varnum; Henry A. Mustin; Colin G. Jameson (1994). The Battles of Cape Esperance, 11 October 1942 and Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942 (Combat Narratives. Solomon Islands Campaign, 4-5). Naval Historical Center. ISBN 0-945274-21-1. 
  • Rekishi Dokuhon Vol. 33, Document of the war No. 48 Overview of Imperial Japanese Navy Admirals, Shin-Jinbutsuoraisha Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan, 1999, ISBN 4-404-02733-8.
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    • Japanese Naval Vessels No. 6, Aircraft carrier Shōkaku / Zuikaku, 1976.
    • Japanese Naval Vessels No. 16, Aircraft carrier Ryūjō / Hōshō, 1978.
    • Japanese Naval Vessels No. 23, Japanese aircraft carriers I, 1979.
    • Japanese Naval Vessels No. 34, Japanese auxiliary vessels, 1979.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Nishida, Imperial Japanese Navy