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

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Crown Publishers, 2013 - HISTORY - 478 pages
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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--which were, by far, the largest and among the most deadly subs of World War II.† Incredibly, the subs were designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like US 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 half way around the world, surface on the US coast, and launch their deadly air attack. This entire operation was unknown to US intelligence, despite having broken the Japanese naval code. And the amazing thing is how close the Japanese came to pulling off their mission.

Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Operation Storm tells the harrowing story of the Sen Toku, their desperate push into Allied waters, and the dramatic chase of this juggernaut sub by the US navy.† Author John Geoghegan's first person accounts from the last surviving members of both the I-401 crew and the US boarding party that captured her create a highly intimate portrait of this fascinating, and until now forgotten story of war in the Pacific.†
  

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

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This is a great book. The author reveals an amazing (and true!) story of Japanese subs that served as "underwater aircraft carriers" during WWII. He uncovers through extensive research the lives and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Aloysius - Goodreads

An incredible story of the men behind the plot by the Empire of Japan to use super-sized submarines to take the fight to the American mainland. Read full review

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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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About the author (2013)

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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