(I-157 at Singapore - colorized photo by Edward Tambunan)

IJN Submarine I-157:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2001-2013 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp
Revision 3

8 July 1927:
Laid down at Kure Navy Yard.

1 October 1928:
Launched as I-57.

24 December 1929:
Kure Navy Yard. I-57 is completed and registered in the IJN. Attached to Kure Naval District. Assigned to SubDiv 19. LtCdr Hashimoto Aiji (39) is the CO.

10 June 1930:
LtCdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Ito Jotaro (42)(former CO of I-123) is appointed CO.

15 November 1930:
LtCdr Ito assumes joint command of I-57, placed in reserve at Kure on that date.

14 November 1931:
Reassigned to SubDiv 19. LtCdr Saito Eisho (42)(former CO of RO-29) is appointed CO.

26 March 1932:
LtCdr Saito assumes joint command of I-56.

1 June 1932:
LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Nakajima Chihiro (43)(current CO of I-58) assumes joint command of I-57, placed in reserve at Kure on that date.

5 October 1932:
Reassigned to SubDiv 19. LtCdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Nakaoka Nobuki (45)(former CO of I-4) is appointed CO.

15 November 1933:
LtCdr Tamaki Tomejiro (45)(former CO of RO-62) is appointed CO.

22 October 1934:
Placed in reserve at Kure.

3 July 1935:
LtCdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Kobayashi Hajime (48)(former CO of RO-28) is appointed CO.

15 November 1935:
Reassigned to SubDiv 19. LtCdr (later Captain) Takahashi Chojuro (49) is appointed CO.

16 November 1936:
LtCdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Yamada Takashi (49)(current CO of I-58) assumes joint command of I-57.

1 December 1936:
Cdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Okamoto Yoshisuke (47)(former CO of I-60) is appointed CO.

1 December 1937:
LtCdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Shimizu Taro (48)(former CO of I-63) is appointed CO.

15 December 1938:
Placed in reserve at Kure. Cdr Narahara Shogo (48)(former CO of I-71) assumes joint command of I-57 and I-58 until 20 February 1939.

August 1939:
Reassigned to SubDiv 19. 1 September 1939:
LtCdr Yoshimura Iwao (51)(former CO of I-122) is appointed the CO.

31 January 1941:
LtCdr Kitamura Soshichi (55)(former torpedo officer of I-8) is appointed the CO.

31 October 1941: LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Nakajima Sakae (56) is appointed Commanding Officer.

November 1941:
1-57 is in Rear Admiral Yoshitami Setsuzo's SubRon 4 under Captain Nobunosuke Shinsuki's SubDiv 19 with I-56 and I-58.

1 December 1941:
Departs Samah, Hainan Island, China.

8 December 1941: Operation "E": The Invasion of Malaya:
South China Sea. I-57 forms a patrol line with I-58, I-62 and I-64 and I-66 in the area off Trengganu, Malaya.

20 December 1941:
Arrives at Camranh Bay, Indochina.

28 December 1941:
Departs Camranh to patrol N of Surabaya, Java Sea.

7 January 1942:
Bali Sea. I-57 shells and sinks 3,077-ton Dutch auxiliary oiler DJIRAK enroute from Balikpapan to Surabaya at 07-15S, 116-23E.

16 January 1942:
Returns to Camranh.

7 February 1942:
I-57's crew contracts dysentery.

1 March 1942:
Departs Camranh.

6 March 1942:
Arrives at Staring Bay at Kendari, Celebes.

10 March 1942:
SubRon 4 is disbanded. 1-57 is reassigned to SubRon 5 in SubDiv 19 with I-56 and 1-58.

13 March 1942:
Departs Staring Bay.

16 March 1942:
Vice Admiral, the Marquis, Komatsu Teruhisa (former CO of CA NACHI) assumes command of the Sixth Fleet (Submarines).

20 March 1942:
Returns to Kure.

14 May 1942:
Departs Kure.

20 May 1942:
The I-57 is renumbered as I-157.

24 May 1942: Operation "MI" - The Battle of Midway:
Arrives at Kwajalein. I-157 is in Vice Admiral Komatsu's Advance Expeditionary Force (Sixth Fleet) in SubRon 5 with I-156, I-158, I-159, I-162, I-165 and I-166.

26 May 1942:
Departs Kwajalein. SubRon 5 is deployed between 28-20N, 162-20W and 26-00 N, 165W.

22 June 1942:
Departs Kwajalein.

30 June 1942:
Returns to Kure.

10 July 1942:
SubRon 5 is disbanded. SubDiv 16 is reassigned to the Kure SubRon. I-157 is used as a training vessel thereafter.

14 July 1942:
I-157 is reassigned in the Kure Naval District to SubDiv 19 with I-156, I-158 and I-159.

15 October 1942:
LtCdr Saeki Takuo (59)(former torpedo officer of I-6) is appointed the CO..

10 November 1942:
Cdr (later Captain) Nishino Kozo (47)(ComSubDiv 19) is posted CO as an additional duty. Lt Cdr Saeki is later posted CO of RO-106.

1 January 1943:
The 1-157 is in SubDiv 26 of the Kure SubRon with 1-156, I-158 and 1-159.

1 February 1943:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Kohiga Masaru (53)(former CO of RO-66) is appointed CO.

11 May 1943: American Operation "Landcrab"- The Invasion of Attu, Aleutians:
Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Thomas C. Kinkaid's Task Force 16, covered by Rear Admiral Francis W. Rockwell's Task Force 51, lands the Army's 7 th Division that captures Attu Island, Aleutians.

21 May 1943: Operation "KE" - The Evacuation of Kiska:
The Imperial General Headquarters decides to evacuate the garrison at Kiska Island, Aleutians. The I-157 is temporarily attached to the Kiska Evacuation Force with the Northern District Force, Fifth Fleet's SubRon 1's I-2, I-7, I-21, I-24, I-31, I-34, I-36, I-155, I-156, I-168, I-169 and I-171.

22 May 1943:
I-157 departs Kure.

23 May 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

26 May 1943:
The evacuation from Kiska to Paramushiro Island, Kuriles via submarines begins. I-157 departs Yokosuka.

1 June 1943:
Arrives at Paramushiro.

2 June 1943:
Paramushiro. Oiler TEIYO MARU refuels I-157, I-7, I-21, I-155 and I-156.

4 June 1943:
Departs Paramushiro on a supply run to Kiska with ammunition and provisions.

16 June 1943:
Near Amchitka. I-157, running at 14 knots in heavy fog, runs hard aground. The crew dumps fuel and lube oil and jettisons torpedoes and a number of battery cells to lighten I-157. Finally, she breaks loose but is unable to dive.

20 June 1943:
Arrives at Paramushiro on the surface. Oiler TEIYO MARU refuels I-157.

21 June 1943:
Aleutian Islands. The 13 I-boats involved in the operation eventually extricate 820 men but three boats are sunk and three are damaged. I-157 departs Paramushiro.

That day, Vice Admiral Takagi Takeo (former CO of MUTSU) assumes command of the Sixth Fleet (Submarines). Vice Admiral Komatsu is later appointed President of the Etajima Naval Academy.

26 June 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

7 July 1943:
Capt (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Kayabara Yasuchika (49)(the current ComSubDiv 19 and CO of I-159) assumes joint command of I-157. .

28 July 1943:
The evacuation of Kiska is completed.

1 December 1943:
Reassigned to Captain Kayabara's SubDiv 19, Kure SubRon.

December 1943:
Kure Navy Yard. The Submarine School carries out Sensuikan Gaigen Toshoku Jikken experiments on camouflage painting of I-boats based on the RO-500's (ex-German U-boat U 511) camouflage. I-157 is painted 2-Go shoku.

1 January 1944:
1-157 is in the Kure SubRon's SubDiv 19 with the 1-156, 1-158 and 1-159.

5 January 1944:
Iyo Nada. An experiment is carried to determine the camouflage's horizontal visibility, its visibility from aircraft, the appropriateness of the color for the surrounding sea area, its ability to confuse determining the I-boat's speed and direction and the durability of the paint. The experiment is deemed a failure.

31 January 1944:
Cdr (later Captain) Hori Takeo (50)(former CO of I-153) is appointed the CO.

25 February 1944:
Cdr Nakamura Shozo (54)(former CO of I-16) is appointed the CO.

20 April 1945:
Reassigned to SubDiv 34, Sixth Fleet.

1 May 1945:
Vice Admiral Daigo Tadashige relieves Vice Admiral Miwa of command of the Sixth Fleet (Submarines).

May-August 1945:
The I-157 is configured to carry two "kaiten" human-torpedoes. She makes three transport runs carrying kaitens from Otsushima to shore bases along the Kyushu coast.

July 1945:
The crews of I-156, I-157, I-158, I-159 and I-162 are trained to launch kaitens in combat against the anticipated American invasion fleet.

9 August 1945:
LtCdr Araki Asakichi (64)(former CO of I-363) is appointed CO.

15 August 1945:
I-157 is reassigned to SubDiv 15, Sixth Fleet. The Emperor broadcasts his intent to cease hostilities and end the war.

September 1945:
1-157 surrenders.

30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

1 April 1946: Operation "Roads End":
I-157 is stripped of all usable equipment and material and towed from Sasebo to an area off Goto Retto by the submarine tender USS NEREUS (AS- 17). NEREUS scuttles I-157 by gunfire at 32-37N, 129-17E.

Authors' Note:
Thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.

Thanks also go to Matthew Jones for help with COs.

Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp

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