(RO-63 - Scanned from "Submarines of World War II" by E. Bagnasco)

IJN Submarine RO-67:
Tabular Record of Movement

2001-2016 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp:
Revision 3

5 March 1925:
Kobe. Laid down Mitsubishi Shipbuilding as a 990-ton L4 submarine.

18 March 1926:
Launched and designated RO-67.

20 August 1926:
LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Yamazaki Shigeaki (41) (former CO of RO-18) is appointed Chief Equipping Officer.

15 December 1926:
Completed and attached to Sasebo Naval District. Assigned to SubDiv 27. LtCdr Yamazaki is the CO.

1 December 1927:
LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Mito Hisashi (42)(former CO of RO-27) is appointed CO.

15 December 1928:
LtCdr (later Cdr) Hayashi Seiryo (43)(former CO of RO-22) is appointed CO.

15 November 1929:
Lt (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Miyazaki Takeji (46)(former CO of RO-24) is appointed CO.

1 April 1930:
Lt (promoted LtCdr 1 December 1930; Captain, posthumously) Endo Yukio (46)(former CO of RO-21) is appointed CO.

1 April 1931:
Lt (later LtCdr) Tsuzuki Noboru (48)(former torpedo officer of I-51) is appointed CO.

1 December 1931:
LtCdr (later Captain) Okada Yusaku (47)(former gunnery officer of RO-59) is appointed CO.

15 March 1933:
LtCdr Endo Yukio (46)(former CO of RO-53) is appointed CO (his second tour as the CO of that boat).

16 July 1934:
LtCdr (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Shimizu Taro (48) (former CO of RO-63) is appointed CO.

22 October 1934:
LtCdr Tsuzuki Noboru (the current CO of RO-66) is appointed CO of RO-67 as an additional duty (his second tour as the CO of that boat).

15 November 1934:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Ohata Tadashi (50)(former CO of RO-62) is appointed CO.

15 February 1936:
Lt (promoted LtCdr 1 December 1936; Cdr, posthumously) Hirokawa Takashi (51)(former torpedo officer of I-3) is appointed CO.

1 December 1936:
Placed in reserve at Sasebo.

15 November 1937:
Lt (promoted LtCdr 1 December; Cdr, posthumously) Ichikawa Akira is appointed CO.

1 December 1937:
LtCdr Ichikawa is appointed CO of RO-65 as an additional duty.

19 April 1938:
Lt (Cdr, posthumously) Ueno Toshitake (56)(former torpedo officer of I-121) is appointed CO of RO-65 and RO-67 as an additional duty.

10 June 1938:
Lt (later Cdr) Kono Masamichi (52)(former CO of I-65) is appointed CO of RO-65 and RO-67 as an additional duty.

4 July 1938:
Lt Kono is appointed CO of I-66 and I-67 as an additional duty.

30 July 1938:
LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Yajima Yasuo (51)(former torpedo officer of I-72) is appointed CO of RO-65 and RO-67 as an additional duty.

15 December 1938:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Ogawa Tsunayoshi (50) (former CO of KURI) is apppointed CO of RO-65 and RO-67 as an additional duty.

20 March 1939:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Uno Kameo (53)(former torpedo officer of I-3) is appointed CO of RO-65 ans RO-67 as an additional duty.

1 September 1939:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Narizawa Chinao (52) (former CO of I-57) is appointed CO.

15 November 1939:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Ohashi Katsuo (53) (former torpedo officer of I-7) is appointed CO.

RO-67 is assigned to SubRon 7's SubDiv27, Fourth Fleet.

20 March 1940:
LtCdr (Captain, posthumously) Watanabe Katsuji (55) (former CO of KURI) is appointed CO.

26 July 1940:
LtCdr (Capt, posthumously) Obika Masaru (53)(current CO of RO-66) is appointed CO as an additional duty.

30 October 1940:
LtCdr (later Captain) Yoshitome Zennosuke (52)(former CO of RO-58) is appointed CO.

31 October 1941:
LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Imoto Masayuki (58)(former torpedo officer of I-73) is appointed CO.

2 December 1941: Operation "Z":
The coded signal "Niitakayama nobore (Climb Mt. Niitaka) 1208" is received from the Combined Fleet. It signifies that hostilities will commence on 8 December (Japan time). Mt. Niitaka, located in Formosa (now Taiwan), is then the highest point in the Japanese Empire.

5 December 1941:
Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. RO-67 is in Captain (Rear Admiral posthumously) Fukaya Sokichi's (46) SubDiv 27 of Rear Admiral Onishi Shinzo's (42) SubRon 7 in Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Inoue Shigeyoshi's (37)(former CO of HIEI) Fourth Fleet with RO-65 and RO-66. LtCdr Imoto Masayuki is the Commanding Officer.

SubDiv 27 departs Kwajalein to reconnoiter Wake Island.

8 December 1941: The First Attack on Wake Island:
Wake Island is assaulted by Rear Admiral (Vice Admiral, posthumously) Kajioka Sadamichi's (39)(former CO of KISO) Occupation Group: DesRon 6's light cruiser YUBARI, eight destroyers, two transports and RO-65, RO-66 and RO-67. The United States Marines beat back the first assault with their 5-inch shore batteries. Kajioka loses LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Takatsuka Minoru's (56)destroyer HAYATE to the shore batteries and LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Ogawa Yoichiro's (57) destroyer KISARAGI to Marine Grumman F4F "Wildcats".

12 December 1941:
CarDiv 2's HIRYU and SORYU are detached from Vice Admiral (Admiral, posthumously) Nagumo Chuichi's (36)(former CO of YAMASHIRO) Striking Force returning from Pearl Harbor to reinforce Kajioka, as is Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Abe Hiroaki's (39)(former CO of FUSO) CruDiv 8's TONE, CHIKUMA and two destroyers. Rear Admiral (Vice Admiral, posthumously) Goto Aritomo's (38)(former CO of MUTSU) CruDiv 6's AOBA, KINUGASA, KAKO, FURUTAKA, seaplane tender CHIYODA and two other destroyers also reinforce Kajioka. Rear Admiral Abe, now senior officer present, has overall command.

13 December 1941:
Departs her patrol area.

17 December 1941:
Returns to Kwajalein with RO-65.

23 December 1941: The Second Attack on Wake Island:
The island's garrison is overwhelmed and surrenders.

24 December 1941:
Departs Kwajalein, but is forced to return the next day because of engine troubles.

7 January 1942:
Departs Kwajalein for Truk with RO-65.

11 January 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

16 January 1942:
Departs Truk to patrol S of the Cape St. George in company of the RO-65 to support the invasion of Rabaul.

21 January 1942:
SubDiv 27 and SubDiv 23 are assigned to patrol the St George Straits. The squadron is in the area for several days, but no Allied warships are sighted.

29 January 1942:
Returns to Truk.

18 February 1942:
Departs Truk with RO-65 to reconnoiter the Makin area.

28 February 1942:
Arrives at Ponape.

3 March 1942:
Departs Ponape for the Makin area.

17 March 1942:
Arrives at Jaluit, departs on the next day.

24 March 1942:
Arrives at Saipan.

27 March 1942:
Departs Saipan for Sasebo.

2 April 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

10 April 1942:
RO-67 is in SubRon 7's SubDiv 26, Fourth Fleet with RO-61, RO-62 and RO-65.

10 May 1942:
LtCdr (later Cdr) Torisu Kennosuke (58)(current CO of RO-65) is appointed CO of RO-67 as an additional duty.

30 May 1942:
Lt (Cdr, posthumously) Yamaguchi Kazuo (61)(former torpedo officer of I-20) is appointed CO.

14 July 1942:
SubDiv 26 is reassigned to the Fifth Fleet.

August 1942:
RO-67 is based at Kiska, Aleutians in Cdr (later Captain) Kato Ryonosuke's SubDiv 33 with I-6, RO-61, RO-62,RO-63, RO-64, RO-65 and RO-68.

26 August 1942:
Lt (Cdr, posthumously) Nakayama Denshichi (61)(former CO of RO-59) is appointed CO.

10 September 1942:
Departs Sasebo with RO-67 for Ominato.

13 September 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

16 September 1942:
Departs Ominato for Paramushiro.

20 September 1942:
Arrives at Paramushiro.

21 September 1942:
Departs Paramushiro for Kiska.

26 September 1942:
Arrives at Kiska just in time for an American air attack. RO-67 is repeatedly strafed and receives several near misses. Her periscopes and both electric engines are rendered inoperable. Departs for Ominato.

4 October 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

9 October 1942:
Departs Ominato for Yokosuka.

12 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

15 November 1942:
SubDiv 26 is reassigned to Kure SubRon. RO-67 is used as a training boat thereafter.

16 March 1943:
Lt (LtCdr, posthumously) Ebato Kazuro (62)(former communications officer of KATORI) is appointed CO.

20 June 1943:
ComSubDiv 18/26, Captain Hamano Motoichi (47) is appointed CO of RO-67 as an additional duty.

1 December 1943:
LtCdr Yamaguchi Kazuo (61)(former CO of I-154) is appointed CO of RO-67 for the second time.

20 December 1943:
Lt (Cdr, posthumously) Fumon Shozo (63)(former torpedo officer of I-169) is appointed CO.

1 January 1944:
RO-67 is in the Kure SubRon's SubDiv 33 with RO-62, RO-63, RO-64 and RO-68. Training duties.

1 April 1944:
Lt (promoted LtCdr 1 May) Oba Saichi (62)(former CO of I-169) is appointed CO.

10 July 1944:
ComSubDiv 33, Captain Otani Kiyonori (49) is appointed CO of RO-67 as an additional duty.

31 August 1944:
Lt (later LtCdr) Taniura Hideo (65)(former torpedo officer of RO-500) is appointed CO.

14 October 1944:
Lt Okakita Akimasa (69)(former torpedo officer of ISOKAZE) is appointed CO.

6 November 1944:
Lt Tokioka Takayoshi (67)(former communications officer of RO-109) is appointed CO.

11 December 1944:
Lt Takahashi Shingo (68)(former torpedo officer of I-26) is appointed CO.

1 January 1945:
Kure Naval District. RO-67 is in SubDiv 33 with RO-63 and RO-64. Training duties.

19 March 1945:
Kure. Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Marc A. Mitscher's (USNA 10)(former CO of HORNET, CV-8) Task Force 58 carriers USS ESSEX (CV-9), INTREPID (CV-11), HORNET (CV-12), WASP (CV-18), HANCOCK (CV-19), BENNINGTON (CV-20) and BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24) make the first carrier attack on the Naval Arsenal. More than 240 carrier aircraft attack the IJN ships in the harbor area.

RO-67, drydocked for repairs, is repeatedly strafed and 13 sailors are killed.

5 May 1945:
Lt Samejima Osamu (67)(former CO of RO-59) is appointed CO.

1 June 1945:
LtCdr Morita Ryoji (64)(former torpedo officer of I-39), currently serving as instructor at submarine school, is appointed CO of RO-67 as an additional duty.

20 July 1945:
Removed from the Navy List. RO-67 is decommissioned due to damage sustained in aerial attack and used as a floating jetty at Sasebo.


Authors' Note:
Thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.

Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.

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