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Zauker
05-12-2005, 04:18 PM
Hi everyone!

Did you know that the japanese, in the last months of WWII made 2 giant submarines which were practically 2 mini-carrier with the capability of carrying and launching 3 floatplanes and cruise submerged? Their purpose was to directly attack U.S. west coast with radioactive (uranium filled) dirt bombs! I saw this on the History Channel some days ago, but i can't find infos on the internet. do you know something more about this? if so please post!

Zauker
05-12-2005, 04:18 PM
Hi everyone!

Did you know that the japanese, in the last months of WWII made 2 giant submarines which were practically 2 mini-carrier with the capability of carrying and launching 3 floatplanes and cruise submerged? Their purpose was to directly attack U.S. west coast with radioactive (uranium filled) dirt bombs! I saw this on the History Channel some days ago, but i can't find infos on the internet. do you know something more about this? if so please post!

jbacon69
05-12-2005, 04:30 PM
There were actually 3 of them and it was biological bombs they were to carry.The uranium Germany shipped to Japan never arrived bc the submarine carrying it was intercepted.

"Japanese WW II sub found off Oahu

By The Associated Press


HONOLULU €" The wreckage of a large World War II-era Japanese submarine has been found by researchers in waters off Hawaii.

A research team from the University of Hawaii discovered the I-401 submarine Thursday during test dives off Oahu.

"We thought it was rocks at first, it was so huge," said Terry Kerby, pilot of the research craft that found the vessel. "It's a leviathan down there, a monster."

The submarine is from the I-400 Sensuikan Toku class of subs, the largest built before the nuclear-ballistic-missile submarines of the 1960s.

They were 400 feet long and nearly 40 feet high and could carry a crew of 144. The submarines were designed to carry three "fold-up" bombers that could quickly be assembled.

Kerby said the main hull is sitting upright and is in good shape. The I-401 numbers are clearly visible on the sides, and the anti-aircraft guns are in almost perfect condition, he said.

An I-400 and I-401 were captured at sea a week after the Japanese surrendered in 1945. Their mission, which was never completed, reportedly was to use the aircraft to drop rats and insects infected with bubonic plague, cholera, typhus and other diseases on U.S. cities.

When the bacteriological bombs could not be prepared in time, the mission reportedly was changed to bomb the Panama Canal. Both submarines were ordered to sail to Pearl Harbor and were deliberately sunk later, partly because Russian scientists were demanding access to them."


More info (http://www.combinedfleet.com/sen_toku.htm)

I'd love to know how to create models so i could put this in a mod for sh3.

VF-17_Jolly
05-12-2005, 04:35 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/POLISH_PILOT/sen_toku.gif

http://www.combinedfleet.com/sen_toku.htm
not quite carrier sized but fairly big

HeibgesU999
05-12-2005, 04:38 PM
I though they were going to bomb the locks of the Panama Canal? I watched the same show on the History Channel.

Mylo42
05-12-2005, 04:46 PM
Whoa......I always KNEW they were up to something.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Zauker
05-12-2005, 04:48 PM
from what i remember the designated target was San Francisco... however thanks a lot for the links guys! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

jbacon69
05-12-2005, 04:53 PM
San fransisco was the original target. This changed when the biological weapons weren't ready in time. The target was then changed to the bombing of the panama canal with conventional bombs.