November 16, 2009
Workers at the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory announced on November 12 that through the use of submersibles, they had located at 2,600 feet two Japanese submarines that the U.S. military had scuttled off Oahu in 1946 after post-war assessment. One, the I-14, was designed to carry two Aichi M6A Seirans (“storm from the clear sky”) intended to catapult from the sub after it surfaced and attack the U.S. naval fleet. Aichi built 28 Seirans; the sole survivor was restored in 2000 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and put on display in 2003.
The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory is financed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A documentary on the Laboratory’s find will air on the National Geographic Channel (check local listings).
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