Patrolling in Central Queensland waters,
this submarine reportedly kidnapped a local fisherman for interrogation, but he
escaped and swam ashore. P-39 Airacobras took off from Garbutt Field at Townsville to search for the submarine, but failed to find it.
On June 18, 1943 missing and believed sunk off Central Queensland, possibly near Port Clinton.
A wreck possibly I-178 is reportedly located in about 40 meters water several km
off Port Clinton in the vicinity of Entrance Island.
It could have the remains
of its 86 crew members aboard. No information about further
investigations into this wreck or dives are available.
Morning Bulletin "Object may be submarine" April 1, 1995
This article was an April Fool's joke in the Morning Bulletin newspaper of Rockhampton, claiming that local
residents had discovered the missing submarine.
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May 26, 2019