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2,564 Tons (surfaced)
3,644 Tons (submerged)
356' x 31' x 17'
6 x torpedo tubes
2 x 140mm naval guns
(one removed Feb 1944)
2 x 25mm AA guns
Cargo: 300 metric tons
At 11:39, a TBF Avenger piloted by LtCdr Jesse D. Taylor from VC-69 aboard USS Bogue spots I-52 on radar at roughly Lat 15-16N, Long 39-55W and drops flares then two Mark 54 depth charges. The submarine dives and evades that attack. Afterwards, the Avenger drops sonar buoys and tracks the submarine before releasing a Mark 24 "Fido" acoustic homing torpedo. At 11:50 the Avenger hears a large explosion.
Later that morning, USS Janssen DE-396, USS Haverfield DE-393 observe a large oil slick where the submarine had sunk. USS Janssen recovered a ton of raw rubber bales, a rubber sandal, a piece of Philippine mahogany, black silk fishing line and other debris on the surface and sharks are observed in the area.
On July 30, 1944 a radio signal is received by a German radio near Lorient indicating I-52 is 36 hours from Lorient. The next day, two identical signals are received. On August 1, 1944 three German M-Class minesweepers and a T-class torpedo arrived at Point Leben awaiting to provide escort for I-52, but the submarine never makes contact or arrives. At Lorient, 35-40 tons of cargo await the submarine including secret, T-5 acoustic torpedoes, a Jumo 213-A engine for the FW-190D-9, radars, vacuum tubes, ball bearings, bomb sights, chemicals, alloy steel, optical glass and 1,000 lb of uranium oxide. On August 8, 1944 due to the Allied D-Day landings at Normandy, France directs I-52 to proceed to Norway instead.
On August 39, 1944 the German Navy declares I-52 presumed as sunk on July 25, 1944 in Bay of Biscay. On December 10, 1944 this submarine was officially removed from the Japanese Navy List. This was the last attempt by the Imperial Japanese Navy to send a submarine to Europe.
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