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IJN Submarine HA-208:
Tabular Record of Movement

2006-2017 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp

Revision 2


1 May 1945:
Sasebo Navy Yard. Laid down as a Sensuikan Taka Sho (Fast Small Submarine), (STS) Type No. 4918. Numbered HA-208 and provisionally attached to Sasebo Naval District.

26 May 1945:
Launched simultaneously with HA-207. Attached to Sasebo Naval District.

15 June 1945:
Lt Kanechiku Mitsunaga (70)(former navigating officer of I-13) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer (CEO).

4 August 1945:
Completed and commissioned in the IJN. Assigned to SubDiv 52 under Captain Yokota Minoru (former CO of I-44). Lt Kanechiku is the Commanding Officer.

2 September 1945:
Sasebo. HA-208 is surrendered to the Allies.

30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

26 March 1946:
Washington, DC. At a Submarine Officer's Conference, attended by former ComSubPac Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, it is decided to dispose of all remaining captured Japanese submarines by sinking.

1 April 1946: Operation "Road's End":
Goto Islands. Scuttled by the USN just beyond the 100-fathom line at 32-37N, 129-17E.


Authors' Notes:
Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan and to fellow submarine enthusiast Steven Eckhardt of Australia.

Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.

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