HIJMS Submarine I-351: Tabular Record of Movement

2001 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp

28 January 1945:
The I-351 is completed at the Kure Navy Yard as a submarine oil tanker, commissioned in the IJN and based in the Kure Naval District. LtCdr Okayama Noboru is the Commanding Officer.

4 April 1945:
Assigned to SubDiv 15, Sixth Fleet.

1 May 1945:
The I-351 departs Kure for Singapore carrying clothing, ammunition and aircraft parts.

15 May 1945:
Arrives at Singapore.

20 May 1945:
Departs Singapore.

3 June 1945:
The I-351 arrives at Sasebo carrying 132,000 gallons of gasoline. Most of the fuel is used for kamikaze training. Vice Admiral Daigo Tadashige (former CO of ASHIGARA), CINC, Sixth Fleet (Submarines), receives a special commendation from Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo (former CO of HARUNA), CINC, Combined Fleet, for the I-351's successful mission.

22 June 1945:
Departs Sasebo.

6 July 1945:
Arrives at Singapore.

11 July 1945:
Departs Singapore for Sasebo, carrying another 132,000 gallons of gasoline and 42 flyers and the CO of the 936th Kokutai (E13A1 "Jakes"), an ASW and convoy patrol unit of the 13th Air Fleet.

15 July 1945:
South China Sea. The I-351 is picked up on radar by LtCdr J. H. Campbell's USS BLOWER (SS-325). The BLOWER makes a night attack and fires torpedoes, but misses. Campbell alerts the nearby USS BLUEFISH (SS-222).

100 miles ENE of Natuna Besar, Borneo. The I-351, running on the surface, is picked up at night on radar by Cdr George W. Forbe's BLUEFISH. Forbes tracks and closes on the target for almost an hour. He fires four torpedoes and gets two hits. The I-351 explodes, then sinks by the stern at 04-30N, 110-00E. In the morning, the BLUEFISH picks up three survivors. A total of 110 sailors and flyers are lost.

31 July 1945:
The IJN presumes the I-351 is lost with all hands in the South China Sea.

15 September 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

Authors' Notes:
Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan. Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.

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