Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II
Publish Date: 2014-03-18
Author: John Geoghegan
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 raidthis timeagainstNew York City and Washington, DC. TheclassifiedJapanese programrequireddeveloping asquadronof top secret submarinesthe Sen-toku or I-400 classdesigned as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like U.S. aircraft. The bombers, called Seiran (which translates as storm from a clear sky), were tucked in a huge, water-tight hanger on the subs deck. The subs' mission was to travel more than halfway around the world, surface on the U.S. coast, and launch their deadly air attack. This entire operation was unknown to U.S. intelligence. And the amazing thing is how close the Japanese came to pulling it off.
John Geoghegans meticulous research, including first-person accounts from the I-401 crewand the U.S. capturing party,creates a fascinating portrait of the Sen-toku's desperate push into Allied waters and the U.S. Navy's dramaticpursuit, masterfully illuminating a previouslyforgotten story of the Pacific war.