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AM Class Submarine
2,620 tons surfaced
4,762 tons submerged
113.7m x 11.7m x 5.89m
6 × torpedo tubes
with 12 torpedoes
1 x 140mm deck gun
10 x 25mm AA guns
2 x M6A1 Seirans
On July 6, 1945 I-14 was under repair in Ominato and attacked by US Navy carrier aircraft. She submerged and remained underwater until the end of the raid. Then, I-14 is loaded two crated C6N2 Myrt aircraft. On July 14 departs Ominato for Truk. Enroute, the I-14's sound operator picks up screw noises of a lone merchant. Cdr Shimizu considers an attack, but abandons the idea so not to endanger the mission.
During the voyage, the I-14 is detected by enemy surface craft and tracked by several destroyers. She is forced to remain underwater for 35 hours, expending their batteries and compressed air, forcing the submarine to raise its snorkel to recharge the batteries. On August 4, arrives at Truk and unloads the crated Myrts. On August 15, after Japan surrenders and the submarine is ordered to return to Japan via Hong Kong on the surface, departing Truk on August 18.
Sited by US Navy carrier aircraft from Task Force 38 (TF-38), the I-14 surrenders to destroyers USS Murry DD-576 and USS Dashiell DD-659 on August 27, 1945 roughly 227 miles northeast of Tokyo. Afterwards, the submarine proceeds to Pearl Harbor for evaluation by the US Navy.
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