(Type D1 submarine by Takeshi Yuki)

IJN Submarine I-362: Tabular Record of Movement

2001-2017 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp
Revision 3

17 March 1943:
Laid down at Mitsubishi Kobe Yard as a Type D1 "Tei-gata" transport submarine No. 5462.

20 October 1943:
Renumbered I-362 and provisionally attached to Yokosuka Naval District.

29 November 1943:

1 April 1944:
LtCdr (later Rear Admiral, JMSDF) Nanbu Nobukiyo (61) (former CO of I-174) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer (CEO).

23 April 1944:
Reattached to Kure Naval District.

23 May 1944:
I-362 is completed, commissioned in the IJN and attached to Yokosuka Naval District. LtCdr Nanbu Nobukiyo is the Commanding Officer. Assigned to SubRon 11 for working-up.

15 August 1944:
Reassigned to Rear Admiral Owada Noboru's (former CO of YAMASHIRO) SubRon 7.

21 August 1944:
Departs Yokosuka on a supply mission to Nauru Island.

14 September 1944:
Arrives at Nauru. Embarks 85 passengers and 22 tons of ammunition, then departs for Truk.

21 September 1944:
Arrives at Truk.

22 September 1944:
Departs Truk carrying 83 IJNAF airmen.

3 October 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

10 October 1944:
Lt (Cdr, posthumously) Kihara Sakae (66)(former equipping officer of I-47) is appointed the CO.

24 October 1944:
Departs Yokosuka on a supply mission to Minami-Torishima (Marcus) Island.

30 October 1944:
Arrives at Minami-Torishima. Unloads supplies, then departs for Yokosuka.

6 November 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka for an overhaul.

2 December 1944:
LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Nakajima Hidenosuke (65)(former CO of RO-58) is appointed the CO.

1 January 1945:
I-362 departs Yokosuka on a supply run via Truk to Meleyon Island located in the Woleai Atoll in the Caroline Islands between Truk and southern Palau. I-362's estimated time of arrival is 21 January.

13 January 1945:
Eastern Carolines. LtCdr K. F. Burgess' USS FLEMING (DE-32) is on convoy duty as one of two escorts for a pair of merchant tankers bound from Ulithi to Eniwetok. FLEMING makes radar contact with a surface target at a range of 14,000 yards. At 4,000 yards, FLEMING makes a challenge but it goes unanswered. At 1,900 yards, the target fades from radar, but FLEMING acquires a clear sonar echo at the same range and bearing. She closes to 1,000 yards and illuminates the area with her port searchlight, but finds the area clear. FLEMING makes a depth charge attack, then fires four barrages of Mark 10 "Hedgehogs", each of twenty-four projector charges.

14 January 1945:
About midnight, after the fourth hedgehog attack, three underwater explosions are felt and heard. A deep rumbling blast shakes FLEMING and damages her sound gear. Debris is sighted and a diesel oil slick forms on the surface. The submarine - in all likelihood I-362 - sinks with all hands at 12-08N, 154-27E.

15 March 1945:
Presumed lost off the Carolines.

10 April 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

Authors' Notes:
Special thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan. Thanks for help with the COs in Rev 1 also go to Steve Eckhardt of Australia.

Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp

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