was a I-27 submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy which saw service during the Pacific Campaign of World War II. I-27 was commissioned at Sasebo, Japan on February 24, 1942.
On June 4, 1942,
while en route Whyalla-Newcastle was torpedoed and sunk 44 miles SSW of Iron Crown Gabo Island by I-27. Thirty eight of her forty two crew were lost, with the survivors being picked up by SS Mulbera. [2 ]
On March 20, 1943
was torpedoed and sunk in the Fort Mumford Indian Ocean ( ) by 10°00′N 71°00′E / 10.000°N 71.000°E I-27. [3 ]
On June 3, 1943
I-27 torpedoed and sank SS in the Indian Ocean. Montanan [4 ] Five of [5 ] Montanan's crew were killed and 58 were rescued. [6 ]
The sub's commander, Commander Fukumura, had a history of
machine-gunning survivors of ships she had sunk, including the Liberty ship SS Sambridge and the Fort Mumford. The submarine torpedoed and sank the Allied steamship SS near the Khedive Ismail Maldives on February 12, 1944, killing 1,297 passengers and crew. After the attack, I-27 attempted to hide under the Ismail's survivors who were floating in the water. Nevertheless, the British destroyers HMS and Paladin located the submarine and destroyed it with Petard depth charges, ramming, and torpedoes at . Ninety-nine of 01°25′N 72°22′E / 1.417°N 72.367°E I-27's crew were killed. One survivor was captured by the British.
Sources [ edit ]
Hashimoto, Mochitsura (1954). Sunk: The Story of the Japanese Submarine Fleet 1942 – 1945. Colegrave, E.H.M. (translator). London: Cassell and Company. ASIN B000QSM3L0.
Hackett, Bob; Sander Kingsepp (2003). "HIJMS Submarine I-27: Tabular Record of Movement". Sensuikan!. Combinedfleet.com . Retrieved . 10 May 2009
Hackett, Bob; Sander Kingsepp (2003). "Type B1". Sensuikan!. Combinedfleet.com . Retrieved . 10 May 2009