Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the story of the Kaiten, the secret manned suicide submarine used by Japan in World War II in this must-listen account.
In November 1944, the US 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 US 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. US 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. Download and start listening now!