“Storm from a clear sky”
December 3, 2013 3:08 AM Subscribe
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Researchers have located a sunken World War II Imperial Japanese submarine
on the ocean floor off the coast of Hawaii.
It’s one of the three Sen-Toku-class subs which carried Seiran (“storm from a clear sky”) floatplanes – Aichi M6A1 attack bombers. This superweapon was meant to take the war to the East Coast of the United States or, alternately, put the Panama Canal out of commission. The enormous boats and their advanced aircraft came too late to help Japan, however, and the underwater carriers ended up in the hands of the U.S. Navy.
Earlier this year, Jeff Geoghegan
wrote a detailed history of the Sen-Toku submarines and interviewed the surviving crewmembers of both the I-401
and the USS Segundo
, the Navy ship that captured the I-401
. You can read a little about this and see lots of photos of the crews, the boats, and the floatplanes at this site