IJN aircraft carrier Ryūjō (龍驤 "prancing dragon") was a light aircraft carrier built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the early 1930s (when this photo was taken). Ryūjō next participated in the Battle of the Aleutian Islands in June. She was sunk by American carrier aircraft at the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 August 1942.
IJN SHINANO Take the largest battleship hull (Yamato class) and add a steel reinforced flight deck and you have the largest aircraft ever built during WW II. IJN Shinano was named after the Shinano province of Japan, this 71,890 ton super battleship (Yamato Class), now converted to the world’s largest aircraft carrier, set sail on her maiden voyage on November 28, 1944, escorted by three destroyers. Her career lasted only (15) day.