HIJMS Submarine I-164: Tabular Record of Movement

2001 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp

30 August 1930:
Completed at the Kure Navy Yard and commissioned in the IJN as the I-64 and based in the Sasebo Naval District.

26 November 1941:
The I-64 is in Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral), the Marquis, Daigo Tadashige's SubRon 5 in Captain Tamaki Tomejiro's SubDiv 29 with the I-62. LtCdr Ogawa Tsunayoshi is the Commanding Officer.

The I-64 departs Sasebo for Palau with Admiral Daigo's flagship the light cruiser YURA and SubDivs 29 and 30. Enroute, SubRon 5 is diverted to Samah, Hainan Island, China.

5 December 1941:
Departs Samah to cover the invasion transports.

8 December 1941: Operation "E" - The Invasion of Malaya:
Japanese forces land on the Kra Isthmus of Thailand and NE Malaya.

South China Sea. The I-64 is assigned to patrol about 50 miles east of Trengganu, Malaya.

27 December 1941:
Arrives at Camranh Bay, Indochina.

7 January 1942:
Departs Camranh to patrol the south coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

7-13 January 1942: Operation "H" - The Invasion of the Celebes, NEI:
Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo's (former CO of KIRISHIMA) Second Fleet, Southern Force invades Menado and Kema covered by Subron 5's I-59, -60, -62, -64, -65 and the I-66.

22 January 1942:
Indian Ocean. 600 ms W of Padang. Tthe 4,482-ton Dutch merchant VAN OVERSTRATEN is enroute from Bombay, India to Oosthaven, Sumatra. About 1630 (local) LtCdr Ogawa fires two torpedoes at her but misses. He surfaces, catches up with the escaping vessel and shells her, killing 4 sailors. Her skipper then orders Abandon Ship. Shortly before sunset, Ogawa scuttles and sinks the ship with a third torpedo at 01-40N, 90-13E.

21-25 January 1942:
The I-64, -59, -55, -62, -65 and the -66 form a patrol line in the Ambon Sea to cover the Kendari landings.

28 January 1942:
Indian Ocean. The I-64 shells and damages the 391-ton British merchant IDAR at 10-12N, 80-13E. After the IDAR's crew leaves the ship, the I-64 sends over a boarding party which tried to set her on fire, but is unsuccessful in sinking her.

29 January 1942:
Indian Ocean. 15 miles SE of Madras, India. The I-64 torpedoes and sinks the 5, 049-ton American merchant FLORENCE LUCKENBACH at 12-55N, 80-33E.

30 January 1942:
Indian Ocean, E of India. The I-64 torpedoes, shells and sinks the 2,498-ton Indian merchant JALATARANG at 12-59N, 81-00E.

31 January 1942:
Indian Ocean, E of India. The I-64 shells and sinks the 4,215-ton Indian merchant JALAPALAKA at 13-00N, 81-08E.

5 February 1942:
Arrives at Penang, Malaya.

10 March 1942:
SubDiv 29 is disbanded. The I-64 is reassigned to SubRon 5's SubDiv 30 with the 1-65 and the 1-66.

13 March 1942:
Indian Ocean. 150 miles NE of Madras, India. The I-64 torpedoes, shells and sinks the 1,513-ton Norwegian merchant MABELLA off the coast of Coromandel near Madras at 14-00N, 81-47E. The MABELLA was enroute from Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to Calcutta, India.

2 April 1942:
Departs Penang for home waters.

12 April 1942:
The I-64 arrives at Sasebo. LtCdr Nina Yoshio assumes command. Lt Cdr Ogawa is reassigned to Kobe as the Chief Equipping Officer and later Commander of the new I-33.

16 May 1942: Operation "MI" - The Attack on Midway:
The I-64 departs Sasebo for Kwajalein and is missing thereafter.

17 May 1942:
SSE of Cape Ashizuri, Japan. LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Charles C. Kirkpatrick's USS TRITON (SS-201) is returning submerged to her patrol area off Okinawa after an unsuccessful pursuit of the carrier SHOKAKU, damaged at Coral Sea.

The I-64 surfaces in the path of the TRITON. From 6,200 yards, Kirkpatrick fires his last remaining Mark-14 bow torpedo on its long range, low speed setting. It blows parts of the I-64 a hundred feet into the air. In two minutes, she goes down by the stern with all 81 hands* at 29-25 N, 134-09E.

20 May 1942:
Before the I-64's loss is known, the IJN renumbers her as the I-164.

25 May 1942:
Presumed missing south of Shikoku.

10 July 1942:
Removed from the Navy List.

Author's Notes:
* Japanese sources claim that immediately after the explosion Kirkpatrick saw some 30 survivors among the wreckage but could not take any more prisoners because he already had some from sunken Japanese fishing sampans.

Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan and Mr. Jan Visser of the Netherlands. Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp

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