Kaiten - Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine and the First American Ship It Sank in Wwii-logo

Kaiten - Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine and the First American Ship It Sank in Wwii

Michael Mair

In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten-a manned suicide submarine-had succeeded in its first mission. The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn't know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secret as well. Embarrassed by the shocking surprise attack, the U.S. Navy refused to salvage or inspect the sunken Mighty Miss. Only decades later would the survivors understand what really happened at Ulithi, when a diving team located the wreck in 2001. In Kaiten, Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the full story from both sides, from the strategic importance of the USS Mississinewa to newly revealed secrets of the Kaiten development and training schools. U.S. Navy survivors recount their gripping experiences in the wake of the attack, as well as the harrowing recovery efforts that came later. Japanese pilots reveal their terrifying experiences training to die for their country and Emperor, never knowing when their moment of doom would come.

In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten-a manned suicide submarine-had succeeded in its first mission. The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn't know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secret as well. Embarrassed by the shocking surprise attack, the U.S. Navy refused to salvage or inspect the sunken Mighty Miss. Only decades later would the survivors understand what really happened at Ulithi, when a diving team located the wreck in 2001. In Kaiten, Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the full story from both sides, from the strategic importance of the USS Mississinewa to newly revealed secrets of the Kaiten development and training schools. U.S. Navy survivors recount their gripping experiences in the wake of the attack, as well as the harrowing recovery efforts that came later. Japanese pilots reveal their terrifying experiences training to die for their country and Emperor, never knowing when their moment of doom would come.
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History

Description:

In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten-a manned suicide submarine-had succeeded in its first mission. The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn't know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secret as well. Embarrassed by the shocking surprise attack, the U.S. Navy refused to salvage or inspect the sunken Mighty Miss. Only decades later would the survivors understand what really happened at Ulithi, when a diving team located the wreck in 2001. In Kaiten, Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the full story from both sides, from the strategic importance of the USS Mississinewa to newly revealed secrets of the Kaiten development and training schools. U.S. Navy survivors recount their gripping experiences in the wake of the attack, as well as the harrowing recovery efforts that came later. Japanese pilots reveal their terrifying experiences training to die for their country and Emperor, never knowing when their moment of doom would come.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joy Waldron, Robertson Dean

Length:

10h 27m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

13:31


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

44:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

36:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

33:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:01:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

32:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

43:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:45