IJN Submarine HA-209:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2006-2015 Bob Hackett & Sander KingseppRevision 1
7 May 1945:
Sasebo Navy Yard. Laid down as a Sensuikan
Taka Sho (Fast Small Submarine), (STS) Type.
31 May 1945:
15 June 1945:
Lt (later Vice Admiral, JMSDF) Tsunehiro Eiichi (71)
(former gunnery officer of I-165) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer.
4 August 1945:
Completed and commissioned in the IJN. Assigned to
SubDiv 52 under Captain Yokota Minoru (former CO of I-44). Lt Tsunehiro is
the Commanding Officer.
11 August 1945:
Departs Sasebo for Kure, making an overnight stop
at Imari Bay, Kyushu.
12 August 1945:
Departs Imari Bay for Moji Bight that morning.
Awaits off Mutsure Island until the area is swept for mines, then makes an
overnight stop at Moji.
13 August 1945:
Departs Moji that morning. Proceeding surfaced off
Hesaki Lighthouse, HA-209 activates an acoustic mine. Two lookouts are blown
overboard while a fire breaks out aft and the main ballast tanks develop a
minor leak. The submarine goes dead in the water. A minesweeper takes she in
tow and proceeds to Mitsubishi's Hikoshima Shipyard, Shimonoseki, where
HA-209's two Type 95 torpedoes are landed.
15 August 1945:
In the morning, HA-209 is dry-docked at Hikoshima
Shipyard. At noon, the Emperor Hirohito (Showa) broadcasts an Imperial
Rescript that calls for an end to hostilities.
18 August 1945:
At the request of her CO, HA-209 is undocked. The
crew runs her aground in shallow water off the nearby Ganryu Jima Island,
Shimonoseki Strait. Initially a skeleton crew of nine remains aboard.
Late September 1945:
The wreck HA-209 is inspected by the USN
representatives. It is decided to destroy it on site.
11 November 1945:
The wreck of HA-209 is blown up by a USN
30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
August to November 1947:
Shimonoseki. The wreck of HA-209 is raised
and scrapped at Mitsubishi's Hikoshima Yard.
Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr.
Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.
– Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.
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