Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II

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Crown, Mar 19, 2013 - History - 496 pages

The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of their time
 
In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raid—this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarines—the Sen-toku or I-400 class—designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like U.S. aircraft. The bombers, called Seiran (which translates as “storm from a clear sky”), were tucked in a huge, water-tight hanger on the sub’s deck. The subs' mission was to travel more than halfway around the world, surface on the U.S. coast, and launch their deadly air attack. This entire operation was unknown to U.S. intelligence. And the amazing thing is how close the Japanese came to pulling it off.

John Geoghegan’s meticulous research, including first-person accounts from the I-401 crew and the U.S. capturing party, creates a fascinating portrait of the Sen-toku's desperate push into Allied waters and the U.S. Navy's dramatic pursuit, masterfully illuminating a previously forgotten story of the Pacific war. 

 

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Nicely dramatized story of the monster Japanese submarines that were trained on the American mainland at the end of World War II.Aviation scholar, researcher and journalist Geoghegan has scoured the ... Read full review

Contents

FACEOFF
3
Ilmpllrz TIIE 401
14
Chflplfij BIRTH
23
NA BU
33
Chapter5 UNDERWATER AIRCRAFT
45
PROOF OF CONCEPT
56
CHALLENGES
70
Illa111 8
77
DEPARTURE
261
L N DER NAY
267
Chapter 3 CROSSED WIRES
272
THE EMPERORS VOICE
279
ANARCHY
288
ESCAPE
302
NTERCEPTION
307
SPOILS OF WAR
315

THE MISSION
139
NAMBL A ID THE 401
141
THE 6315
163
FUIAP N PATROL
174
RURE
185
ADVERSITY I97 Chap 22 ATTACRING THE CANAL
204
GREEN LIGHT
214
FULPS LAST PATROL
218
Chapte125 NANAO BAY
227
THE TASTE OF PERSIMMON
235
IOHNSON TAKES COMMAND
244
OPERATION STORM
249
RACE AGAINST TIME
259
RECKONING
325
BOARDING PARTY
333
THE TENTH WAR COD
338
BITTERSWEET
342
FREEDOM
347
THE LONG ROAD HUM Ii
352
REDISCOVERY
358
E P l_ o G u E
367
Arknowlwlgmlnls
383
Notes 589
389
Sourres
449
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JOHN J. GEOGHEGAN has written extensively about aviation history, underwater exploration and marine engineering for the New York Times Science Section, Smithsonian Air & Space, WIRED, Popular Science, Aviation History, Military Heritage, Flight Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine.

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