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IJN Destroyer Funnel Bands
jimb
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Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 07:47 AM UTC
I was watching a program the other day about the Yamato, and I saw some destroyers running around. I noticed that the destroyers has white bands on their funnels. What was the purpose of those bands? Were they decorative? Used for identification? Were they submarine kill bands (like on German tank barrels)? Was I immagening them?

Enquiring minds want to know!

Thanks,
Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 11:14 PM UTC
Hello Jim,
I in no way consider myself an expert on the topic, but since I saw that you did'nt have any replys yet , I thought I would throw my two cents in, so here goes. I suspect that those white funnel bands are division markings. I've seen photos with one , two, and even three bands on various classes and some without any at all. You will also see something like this on some, but not all of their cruiser funnels. You will also notice large japanese characters on the hulls of certain IJN destroyers and again I think this identified their divisions or possibly as assignment as escorts. Keep the wet side down....
jimb
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 07:59 AM UTC
Thatks for your reply. I appreciate your insight.

Jim