Japanese submarine I-28
|Empire of Japan|
|Commissioned:||6 February 1942|
|Fate:||Sunk, 17 May 1942|
|Class and type:||Type B1 submarine|
|Length:||108.7 m (356 ft 8 in) overall|
|Beam:||9.3 m (30 ft 6 in)|
|Draft:||5.1 m (16 ft 9 in)|
|Test depth:||100 m (330 ft)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × floatplane|
|Aviation facilities:||1 × catapult|
Design and description
The Type B submarines were derived from the earlier KD6 sub-class of the Kaidai class and were equipped with an aircraft to enhance their scouting ability. They displaced 2,631 tonnes (2,589 long tons) surfaced and 3,713 tonnes (3,654 long tons) submerged. The submarines were 108.7 meters (356 ft 8 in) long, had a beam of 9.3 meters (30 ft 6 in) and a draft of 5.1 meters (16 ft 9 in). They had a diving depth of 100 meters (330 ft).
For surface running, the boats were powered by two 6,200-brake-horsepower (4,623 kW) diesel engines, each driving one propeller shaft. When submerged each propeller was driven by a 1,000-horsepower (746 kW) electric motor. They could reach 23.6 knots (43.7 km/h; 27.2 mph) on the surface and 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) underwater. On the surface, the B1s had a range of 14,000 nautical miles (26,000 km; 16,000 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph); submerged, they had a range of 96 nmi (178 km; 110 mi) at 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph).
The boats were armed with six internal bow 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes and carried a total of 17 torpedoes. They were also armed with a single 14 cm (5.5 in) deck gun and two single mounts for 25 mm (1 in) Type 96 anti-aircraft guns. In the Type Bs, the aircraft hangar was faired into the base of the conning tower. A single catapult was positioned on the forward deck.
Construction and career
I-28 was commissioned at Kobe, Japan on February 6, 1942. The submarine participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. Returning to base at Truk in the central Pacific, I-28 was torpedoed and sunk with all hands (88 officers and men) by the United States Navy submarine Tautog at Coordinates: on 17 May 1942.
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