IJN Submarine HA-103:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2006-2015 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp Revision 1
29 June 1944:
Kobe. Laid down at Mitsubishi's Shipyard as
a Sensuikan Yu Sho (Small Supply Submarine) No. 4603, (SS) Type.
14 October 1944:
Lt Murayama Yoshifumi (69)(former gunnery officer of
URAKAZE) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer.
21 October 1944:
Launched and numbered HA-103
3 February 1945:
Completed and commissioned in the IJN. Lt Murayama
is the CO. Assigned to SubRon 11 for working up.
15 April 1945:
Reassigned to Rear Admiral Imaizumi Yoshijiro's
(former CO of SANTOS MARU) SubDiv 16.
16 April 1945:
Departs Kure on a supply run to Minami-Daito-Jima.
Late April 1945:
Arrives at Minami-Daito-Jima, unloads her cargo,
embarks a number of stranded IJNAF pilots, then departs.
22 April 1945:
Returns to Kure.
29 April 1945:
Reassigned to Submarine Unit No. 1. Departs Kure for
radar picket duty 300 miles S of Honshu.
20 May 1945:
Returns to Kure.
1 July 1945:
Reassigned to Cdr Tagami Meiji's (former CO of I-45)
15 August 1945:
Reassigned to Cdr Ageta Kiyoi's (former CO of I-22)
2 September 1945:
Tokyo Bay. Formal surrender ceremonies are held
aboard USS MISSOURI (BB-63) presided over by the Supreme Allied Commander
Pacific, General of the Army/MOH, Douglas MacArthur.
Kure. HA-103 is surrendered to the Allies.
The U.S. Fifth Marine Division occupies Sasebo.
2 November 1945:
HA-103 is assigned to Japanese Submarine Division
Two under Cdr (later Captain) John P. Currie with HA-105, HA-106, HA-107,
HA-108, HA-109 and HA-111.
Kure. HA-103 and all Japanese submarines at Kure are
ordered to proceed through mine-infested waters to Sasebo.
30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
1 April 1946: Operation "Road's End"
Off Goto Retto. Scuttled by the
USN at 32-30N, 128-40E.
Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr.
Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.
– Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.