Five mini-subs were to participate in the strike, but four were scuttled, destroyed or run aground without being a factor in the attack. Each submarine had a crew of two men. Chatterton--How possible do you think it is that the crew of the one mini sub which presumably made a successful attack on Battleship Row, and was later scuttled in West Loch, made a clean getaway? Stephenson got involved in because he was looking for the fifth Japanese mini-sub. For the crews, getting inside Pearl Harbor posed a serious challenge. Events Guide Television Theater Video: He said the submarine also added to a scant collection of Pearl Harbor artifacts.
The Midget Subs That Beat the Planes to Pearl Harbor
Naval History and Heritage Command has an series of online images of the Pearl Harbor attack and the mini submarines. Carrying two men and two torpedoes that had double the explosive charge of those borne by Japanese bombers, the battery-powered midget submarines could glide at 19 knots and operate in the waters of Pearl Harbor that were too shallow for conventional submarines. Taussig was the junior gunnery officer in charge of the starboard anti-aircraft batteries. There weresimultaneous Japanese attacks on the U. Taussig calmly passed orders while guiding his director from target to target, but the system was inadequate to handle so many attackers.
Unfortunately for officials in Tokyo, the Japanese Navy had struck a powerful blow, but not a crippling one. With steam to the engines and the steering tested, Thomas directed that Nevada get underway. The crew of Ha abandoned ship without firing either of their torpedoes after falling victim to a depth charge attack. That same year, Sakamaki attended a historical conference in Texas and was reunited with his submarine.
JWranek Seriously, the boat is crowded already with both divers and gear. One torpedo seriously damaged Ramillies , while the second sank the 6, ton oil tanker British Loyalty later refloated. Navy as part of the examination of HA What to Expect in This Space. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Articles containing Japanese-language text Wikipedia articles needing clarification from May The submarine was eventually put on display near the submarine squadron at Naval Station Key West , Florida, then moved to the nearby Key West Lighthouse and Military Museum.