(Type D1 submarine by Takeshi Yuki)
IJN Submarine I-365: Tabular Record of
© 2001-2017 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp
15 May 1943:
Laid down at Yokosuka Navy Yard as a Type
D1 "Tei-gata" transport submarine No. 5465.
20 October 1943:
Renumbered I-365 and provisionally attached to
Yokosuka Naval District.
17 December 1943:
15 May 1944:
LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Nakamura Motoo (62)(former CO
of RO-106) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer (CEO).
1 August 1944:
Yokosuka Navy Yard. I-365 is completed completed,
commissioned in the IJN and attached to Yokosuka Naval District. Assigned to
SubRon 11 for working-up. LtCdr Nakamura Motoo is the CO.
30 September 1944:
I-365 is assigned to Rear Admiral Owada Noboru's
(former CO of YAMASHIRO) SubRon 7, Sixth Fleet.
1 November 1944:
I-365 departs Yokosuka on a transport mission
carrying medicine and mail to Truk.
15 November 1944:
Arrives at Truk.
16 November 1944:
Departs Truk for Yokosuka via the Ogasawara (Bonin)
Islands. She carries 96 persons aboard, including 31 passengers from Truk.
25 November 1944:
E of the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands. I-365 sends a
routine signal. It is her last message.
29 November 1944:
75 mile SE of Yokosuka. LtCdr Frederick A. Gunn's
USS SCABBARDFISH (SS-397) on lifeguard duty off Japan. I-365, running on the
surface, is sighted by SCABBARDFISH's high periscope.
LtCdr Gunn tracks the submarine for over three hours and attempts an
"end-around" to outrun the target and reach a favorable firing position.
SCABBARDFISH is spotted by a Japanese aircraft (that fails or is unable to warn
I-365). Gunn is forced to dive, but finishes his approach submerged and launches
two stern torpedoes at 1,625-yards. At 0940, a torpedo explodes on the Japanese
submarine's starboard side in the forward battery compartment. I-365 sinks in 30
seconds at 34-44N, 141-01E.
SCABBARDFISH surfaces and finds five survivors amid the oil-strewn
debris. Four refuse rescue. Torpedoman Sasaki Minoru, the sole survivor,
identifies his submarine as I-365.
10 December 1944:
Presumed lost off the Ogasawara Islands.
10 March 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
Special thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.
– Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.
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