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  I-178 Japanese Submarine

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Wartime History
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.

Sinking History
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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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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