(Type KD7 submarine scanned from "Submarines of the
Imperial Japanese Navy" by Polmar and Carpenter)
IJN Submarine I-178:
Tabular Record of
© 2001-2015 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp
21 May 1941:
Laid down at Mitsubishi Kobe Yard as
Submarine No. 156.
1 November 1941:
24 February 1942:
15 September 1942:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Kudo Kaneo (56)
(current CO of I-155) assumes additional duty as the Chief Equipping Officer
1 November 1942:
Cdr (later Captain) Nakagawa Hajime (50)(current
CEO of I-177) assumes joint duty as the Chief Equipping Officer.
25 November 1942:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Utsugi Hidejiro
(52)(former CO of I-5) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer.
26 December 1942:
Kobe. I-178 is completed and registered in the IJN.
Attached to Sasebo Naval District. Cdr Utsugi Hidejiro is the Commanding
I-178 is assigned to the Kure SubRon with I-177, RO-106 and RO-107.
25 February 1943:
SubDiv 22 is activated at Kure Submarine Flotilla
with I-178, -177 and I-180.
26 February 1943:
I-178 conducts final diving tests off Kure.
15 March 1943:
SubDiv 22 is reassigned to Rear Admiral Komazawa
Katsumi's SubRon 3.
30 March 1943:
Departs Kure in company of I-177.
7 April 1943:
Arrives at Truk.
10 April 1943:
Departs Truk with I-177 to patrol off the eastern
coast of Australia on her first war patrol.
27 April 1943:
90 miles E of Newcastle, Australia. After 1855, I-178
torpedoes and sinks the 7,176-ton American "Liberty" ship LYDIA M. CHILDS at
33-08S, 153-24E. CHILDS was bound for the Middle East with a cargo of Army
tanks on her maiden voyage.
An hour later a RAAF Catalina from Rathmines makes three bombing runs on
a submarine in the same area but its bombs fail to release.
18 May 1943:
Returns to Truk.
4 June 1943:
Departs Truk on her second patrol off the eastern coast
17 June 1943:
Cdr Utsugi sends a routine signal to the Sixth Fleet.
65 miles SE of Coffs Harbour. That same evening, Pilot Officer Barry
Harrison's Bristol "Beaufort" of the RAAF's No. 32 Squadron successfully attacks
a surfaced submarine. Later, Flight Officer Cashway's Beaufort attacks the same
submarine that is still proceeding on the surface and inflicts further damage.
18 June 1943:
An oil slick – probably originating from I-178 – is
sighted off Nambucca Heads. Thereafter, the submarine fails to answer any signals
from Headquarters, Sixth Fleet.
Based on radio decrypts, the Sixth Fleet credits Cdr Utsugi with damaging
one large and one small transport vessel during his last patrol.
4 August 1943:
Presumed lost off the eastern coast of Australia with
all 89 hands.
1 September 1943:
Removed from the Navy List.
According to some sources I-178 was depth-charged and sunk
30 miles W of Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides by subchaser USS SC-699 on 29
May 1943; however, since I-178 was in contact with the Sixth Fleet almost three
weeks later, such claims must be discounted.
Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr. Higuchi
Tatsuhiro of Japan. – Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.
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