I-400 - Japan's Secret Aircraft-Carrying Submarine

I-400 - Japan\'s Secret Aircraft-Carrying Submarine
While much has been written about the German U-boats of World War Two, virtually nothing has been forthcoming on the Japanese "I-boats". The I-400 "super submarine" was one of the most monstrous creations to emerge from the Second World War and in its time it was the largest submarine ever built. It was considered to have been one of Japan"s most secret weapons – indeed the Allies remained unaware of its existence until it surrendered in late August 1945. At more than 400 ft long, weighing 5,700 tons, carrying a crew of 200 and possessing a range of over 50,000 miles, the I-400 carried three Seiran attack floatplanes in a hangar built on to its deck ahead of the massive conning tower. The Imperial Japanese Navy tasked the I-400 with a secret mission to attack American cities and to destroy the Panama Canal.
This book is the result of many years of meticulous research. The authors have traced and interviewed three of the original six pilots slated to fly the Seirans on their hazardous missions. They have revealed – for the first time – the story of their aircraft being painted in fake US markings for their final mission.
The story is also told using first-hand accounts from former officers and crew of the I-400 and those American naval personnel who "crewed" the vessel on its final voyage. The book contains hundreds of astonishing photographs, many previously unpublished, showing the I-400 from both outside and inside as well as its hangars and aircraft.
Henry Sakaida has researched the exploits of Japanese fighter pilots since he was 13 years old. He graduated from San Jose State University and wrote his first book, Winged Samurai, a photo-biography of the famous Zero ace, Saburo Sakai, in 1985. His six subsequent books all deal with Japanese combat aviation. He specialises in uncovering rare first-hand accounts from the men who flew on both sides of the Pacific air war.
Gary Nila has researched the Japanese armed forces for many years. A former Los Angeles Police Officer and FBI Special Agent he now works as a forensic investigator with the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Air Combat Systems, in California. He has collected World War Two Japanese Military artefacts for over 35 years, and specialises in the Japanese Naval Aviation discipline. He has written numerous articles and is author of Japanese Naval Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937-1945 published in 2003.
Koji Takaki was born in Japan in 1933. A graduate from Kyoto University School of Economics, he worked in the textile business for forty years before retiring as President and Chairman of a leading textile trading firm in 1997. He has subsequently collaborated with Henry Sakaida in writing articles for The Hook magazine as well as a history of the 343 Kokutai, Genda"s Blade in 2003. He acts as co-author and translator on various other projects connected with the air war over Japan.

Author: Sakaida, Henry / Nila, Gary / Takaki, Koji
Pages: 144
Language: English
Edition: 2
Year of publication: 2007
Dimensions: 30 x 21 cm
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 1.00 kg

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