14Feb-4Mar'42. I-26 is one of three subs to refuel Emily bombing attack on Pearl Harbor from French Frigate Shoals.
18April'42. In drydock, observes Dolittle raid's damage to carrier Ryuho.
4-6June42. I-26, Cmdr Minoru Yokota, participates in invasion of Kiska,
7June42 . U.S. freighter Coast Trader is torpedoed and sunk about 35 miles southwest of Cape Flattery, Washington.
20June42. I-26 shells Port Estevan, near Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
31Aug42. US carrier Saratoga (CV-3) is torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-26, 260 miles southeast of Guadalcanal.
18Oct-25Oct42. Refuels scouting floatplanes from Indispensable Reef, S. of San Cristobal. Solomon Islands S.E. of Guadalcanal.
13Nov42. During Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, light cruiser Juneau (CL-52) is, damaged by gunfire. As Juneau retires toward Espiritu Santo she is down 12 feet by the bow, but able to maintain 13 knots. A few minutes after 1100 three torpedoes were launched from the Japanese submarine I-26. Juneau successfully avoided two, but the third struck her at the same point which had been damaged during the surface action. There was a terrific explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in 20 seconds. The gallant ship and most of her crew, including the five Sullivan brothers, was lost. Only 10 members of the crew survived the tragedy."
9Dec42-5Jan'43. Undergoes maintenance at Yokosuka.
Jan'43. Supply missions from Truk to Guadalcanal.
31Jan43. Evacuates personnel from Guadalcanal.
Mar'43. Part of picket line to ward off US carrier forces in Bismarck Sea.
6Mar-9Mar43. Rescues soldiers from sunken troopships.
11Apr43. Sinks Yugoslavian ship Recina off Australia.
24Apr43. Sinks Australian merchantman Kowarra off Victoria.
25Jun43. Damaged by Hudson bomber off Suva. Repairs at Yakosuka.
11Sep43. Reconnoiters the Fiji Islands.
21Dec43. Lands 12 Indian revolutionaries at Karachi.
28Dec43. U.S. freighter Robert F. Hoke, fatally damaged in Arabian Ocean.
31Dec43. Damages British tanker Tornus
2 Jan44 . U.S. freighter Albert Gallatin is torpedoed and sunk by about 60 miles off the Arabian coast.
13Mar44. U.S. tanker H.D.Collier is torpedoed and shelled off NW Indian coast.
21Mar44. Norwegian tanker Grena sunk and survivors fired on.
29Mar44. U.S. freighter Richard Hovey is torpedoed and shelled in Arabian Sea. I-26 fires upon the lifeboats, killing 4, then rams one before taking four POWs.
27Jun44. Departs Kure carrying guns and ammunition for Marianas.
9 July44 . Delivers munitions to Guam ; takes on 120 pilots.
25Oct44. Reports sighting 4 US carriers during battle off Samar.
Japanese version :
26Oct 44 . I-26 may have been sunk by the Coolbaugh (DE-217) or the next morning in a hedgehog attack by Rowell (DE-403).
US version :
17Dec44 . TBM Avenger from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57) and destroyer escort Lawrence C. Taylor (DE-415) sink Japanese submarine I-26 in Philippine Sea near Palau, 12°44'N, 130°42'E.
The I-26 was the IJN's third highest scoring submarine in terms of tonnage sunk, sinking more than 51,500-tons.
History of United States Naval Operations in World War II
"Late in 1943 a number of Japanese I-boats entered the Indian Ocean and conducted a blitz against Allied shipping which was marked by instances of sadistic cruelty. British S.S. Daisy Moller, torpedoed by one of them on 14Dec43 in mid-ocean, lost 55 men out of 127 passengers and crew by the ramming and machine-gunning of rafts and lifeboats. The crew of S.S. British Chivalry met the same fate.
"Dockage and repair facilities were being improved at Penang, and three Italian submarines which were seized by the Japanese when Italy surrendered in September, were there refitted and manned by German officers and mixed crews. At the turn of the year, these and the "Monsun" boats1 started to leave Penang. Six of them did a great deal of damage to Allied merchantmen and "country ships" along the Aden-Bombay route and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean, assisting the Japanese I-boats to sink 184,122 tons of Allied and neutral shipping in the first three months of 1944. Several victims were Liberty ships, one of which, S.S. Richard Hovey had a most devastating experience on 29 March 1944. The Japanese submarine, after fatally torpedoing the vessel, moved to within a thousand yards of its lifeboats and, as the Naval Armed Guard officer recalled, opened fire on the survivors: -
. . . "Richard Hovey was the last merchantman to be
sunk in the Indian Ocean for several months."