After Pearl Harbor, both pulley and cable were modified. Admiral Yamamoto did not favor war but, being responsible for the plans, favored attacking Pearl Harbor with aircraft. On 19 November at , the five Special Attack Unit's mother submarines departed for the Hawaiian Islands with the midgets mounted on their backs. The airplanes that flew to Hawaii sent the same signal "Tora, tora, tora. Where would the sub go?
And, it raises an interesting question of its own: Do you mind me asking: Pearl Harbor was a very shallow harbor, too shallow, in fact, for an ordinary submarine to enter submerged but a midget submarine might be able to sneak in undetected. There it is, right frickin' there. Go believes this cable is completely out of place and not part of any Pearl Harbor midget sub. Sick and confused, Sakamaki tried to drive the craft up on the beach but struck hard on a reef several yards offshore. Admiral Ueda has his doubts about the midget sub.
This is possibly the submarine that the USS Helm engaged earlier. Cavitation extends beyond the submarine and lifts it above the surface. USS Blue depth charged the area until hrs, reporting another possible submarine kill. At approximately hrs the cruiser USS St. The remains of the mini-sub were then dumped three miles south of Pearl Harbor along with those of the LSTs, to be found by Kerby 50 years later.
As she approached, a sentry on board the Ward spotted a dark object between the repair ship and the barge, keeping pace at a steady 5kt. We know that midget sub number 5 began its journey in Kure, Japan. The midget submarine attack in any case was a dismal and completely unnecessary failure for the Japanese Navy. Admiral Ueda confirms the discovery. In , Marine historians and history buffs claimed that at least one of the torpedoes that hit the USS Oklahoma was from a Japanese midget-submarine. For a salvage diver like John Chatterton, this can only mean one thing. Even though Terry's been down here before, doesn't mean the sub is easy to find.