Sunk by an American bomber September
28, 1942 at Kiska Harbor. Japanese sorces claim the sub was lost accidentally
while diving to escape an air strike.
wreck is most likely RO-65. The diving planes were horizontal, rather
downward as would be expected if the sub was diving, and the screw was fouled
with cable, perhaps from later salvage attempts. The submersible deck gear was
Material evidence on this side points to sinking by
bombing. There was external structural damage to the pressure hull
and the entirety of the sail material lay off to the hull side. A
debris field lies to the south of the hull, which was facing east
toward the harbor mouth. The debris field contained most of the sail-related
equipment. The forward torpedo loading hatch was open and a 21-inch
torpedo was in place on the port side.
Some salvage is evident: hatches are open, and the deck guns are
missing. It is not clear when this salvage was done or by whom the Japanese, Americans, or later souvenir hunting
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February 4, 2018