World war 2 midget submarine crewmen
Submerged less than two miles off the treacherous point, Japanese submarine I , under the command of Captain Kanji Matsumura, had been lying in wait for two days. Keep it civil and stay on topic. Reported U-boat off Philippeville, Algeria on 15th, but not heard from again. Sank alongside depot ship Bonaventure. All three midget submarines were sunk in the attack - two were recovered from the bottom of the harbour and their four crew members cremated with full naval honours, their ashes being sent back to their families in Japan through neutral sources. By the time their work was done, 2, Americans were dead, eight battleships lay sunk or damaged, and more than aircraft on the ground had been bombed. Some of the former were very advanced designs with up to five crew members and two propulsion systems giving speeds of up to 19 knots submerged and 23 knots on the surface and ranges exceeding 1 nautical miles [2 km].
A-BOMBS, MIDGET SUBS, AND THE CALIFORNIA CHANNEL ISLANDS
JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINES
The Ward is now vindicated. Some of the early boats in the CA class were modified for the carriage of frogmen, who would leave the boat under the target ship and attach explosive charges or limpet mines to the hull of an enemy vessel. About yards to the west and directly in line with the sun, Goncalves could make out what appeared to be a submarine. B Gunston, Submarines in Colour. The port side of the conning tower exhibits what one analyst has identified as shrapnel holes.
South African Military History Society - Journal - MIDGET SUBMARINES AND 'CHARIOTS'
Employed on anti-submarine training duties off Canadian east coast, sailed from Argentia on 20th on passage for St Johns. The remains of two Japanese crewmen are believed still inside the submarine. On December 20, two days after his attack on Samoa , Captain Nishino got his second chance at an American merchantman. They had a crew of three officers and one petty officer, weighed 35 tons and were 51 feet [16 m] long. The midget submarine units were designated as tokkotai short for tokubetsu kogekitai and meaning "special attack units" even though the mother submarine that launched the midget would try to rendezvous after the attack with the midget submarine.
The Ward is now vindicated. Italians claim she was sighted by an aircraft, then attacked and sunk by torpedo boat 'Pleiade' off Tripoli on the 12th after being detached from a nearby convoy; all 32 crew lost Tripoli patrol. The Japanese military also used the term tokkotai later in the war to apply to kamikaze aircraft and to other suicide weapons such as kaiten torpedoes and shinyo motorboats. Attacking Italian convoy off Naples and probably sunk by escorts; all 47 crew lost Gulf of Naples patrol. Armed with detachable bow charge. Re-commissioned as German UB Kattegat minelaying operation.