Kaiten Group "Kongo"

Submarine I-56, I-47, I-36, I-53, I-58 and I-48

(Sortie, 1 December, 1944 through 9 January, 1945)

Commemorative Picture for the send-off ceremony, receiving short swords
(on the vessel "Chikushimaru", the Squadron Six Headquarters)


Crews of Submarine I-56

Crews, greeting to send-off. (From the left, Sub-lieutenant Kakizaki, Sub-lieutenant Maeda, Chief Petty Officer Furukawa, Chief Petty Officer Yamaguchi)

Departing Submarine I-56

The Submarine I-56 headed for Admiralty Islands, but couldn't make an attack due to the enemy's close guard and came back on 3 February, 1945.

Submarine I-47

Kaiten pilots, Chief Petty Officer Muramatsu, Sub-lieutenant Kawakubo, Sub-lieutenant Hara and Flight Petty Officer 1st Class Sato (From the left)

The Submarine I-47 attacked the anchorage of "Hollandia" (current Jayapura) at the Gulf of Numbai (then called the Gulf of Humboldt), New Guinea on 12 January, 1945.
Sub-lieutenant Teruo Kawakubo (72nd Naval Academy graduate), Sub-lieutenant Atsuro Hara (Waseda University), Chief Petty Officer Minoru Muramatsu and Flight Petty Officer 1st Class Katsumi Sato died in Kaiten mission. The Submarine I-47 came back at the end of January.

Album left by Lieutenant Fujio Kawai

Commemorative Picture for the Sortie, Submarine I-36, I-53, I-58


Crews of Submarine I-36

Chief Officer's address on the vessel. 

The Submarine I-36 attacked the southern anchorage of enemy ships at the Ulithi Atoll on 12 January, 1945.
Kaiten pilots, Lieutenant Takeru Kagaya (71st Naval Academy graduate), Sub-lieutenant Shizuyo Todokoro (53rd Naval Engineering School graduate), Ensign Bunya Motoi (54th Naval Engineering School graduate) and Chief Petty Officer Yurimitsu Fukumoto died in Kaiten mission.

Next (Kaiten Group "Kongo", Submarine I-53)