IJN I-169


The Japanese submarine I-169 was lost 4.April 1944 during an American air raid against Truk lagoon, where she had arrived to replenish the Japanese garrison. The Japanese was warned about an incoming air raid, and as the routines were for submarines at Truk, she dived and waited submerged. But after the raid she didn't surface. Divers were sent down, and it appeared that water had flooded the control room. All rescue attempts proved unsuccessful and the whole crew perished. Usually the crew consisted of 70 men, but in a operation in the 1970`s remains of over a hundred people were found. Probably because mechanical service personnel also were on board when she did her emergency dive. The wreck rest today on a depth of 40 to 45 meter in Chuuk Lagoon.

Former names:
322,1 x 26,1 x 15,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1400 displ ( surfaced ) Kobe ( JP ) 1935 ( JP )

Picture: Submarine I-68