Daily Event for October 6, 2011

On October 6, 1943 the Japanese submarine I-183 was on trials in Hiroshima Bay when a crash dive was ordered. The crew went into action, but a terrible mistake was made. The main induction valve was not closed properly and water poured in sending the stern to the shallow bottom. Fortunately the bow remained above the water and most of the crew escaped through the torpedo tubes. However sixteen Japanese sailors were unable to escape and perished in the boat.

The boat was raised and repaired and by March 1944 she was underway, but her machinery failed and she returned to port for repairs. She again set out in April. On April 29, 1944 while en route to Truk she was torpedoed and sunk by USS Pogy SS-266, this time there were no survivors. I-183 was one of ten KD-7 Type submarines built by the Japanese, none of them survived the war.
© 2011 Michael W. Pocock

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