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Monday, April 11, 2011

PICKING UP OF JAPANESE "UNDERSEA CARRIERS"


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At the end of WW II there was any number of Japanese ships and submarines that needed to be "rounded up" more or less to make sure "they didn't do anything that they shouldn't be doing"..  Special crews were given 'special training' in regards to boarding these vessels....especially the submarines....

As many of you know...Japan had one of the lagest submarines known to be in the Pacific waters at the end of the war....it was the I-400 series....or better known as the "Undersea Carriers".  They were simply huge.  They carried two seaplanes....and enough parts to assemble a third.  The seaplanes had folded wings...was launched from the deck of the sub....and was retrieved via a boom mounted on the deck of the sub.... 

Now maybe you didn't realize what I'm about to tell you....but these subs had every intention of "taking out" the Panama Canal...or what is referred to as the "Big Ditch"...and as I understand it ...they came pretty darn close to setting their plans in motion....

Anyway...you can read all about the 'specifics of the sub' in the 'linked' article....  But what I think is interesting is 'picking these 'fat cigars' up' after the war....these huge puppies had to be found, boarded by those special trained 'boarding parties'...and eventually brought back to the states.  Sounds easy doesn't it....well there was some tense moments in doing all of this....including a Japanese officer being killed by one of his own....and the body pushed over the side in the dark hours of night....

This is one very interesting article....and actually it is two articles in 'one'...  As I stated above there is a  link imbedded in the article that will go into detail about these "Undersea Carriers"....

So...if your in for some extended reading....and you find reading about 'Subs" ever so interesting....this is the one for you...  You can get to both articles by clicking on this title: PICKING UP THE "UNDERSEA CARRIERS"
Then as you read the article you'll see a link to: AIRFIELD UNDER THE SEA.....now don't miss linking to this particular article......these two somewhat go hand in hand.

Well hope you enjoy....and find it interesting to read.

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