Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And the First American Ship It Sank in WWII

Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And the First American Ship It Sank in WWII

by Michael Mair, Joy Waldron


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425272695
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,180,615
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A businessman and historian, Michael Mair is the son of a USS Mississinewa survivor. He began research for this book in 1995, including extensive interviews with other survivors and naval personnel stationed in the Pacific at the crucial time in 1944. He has appeared on various History Channel programs, served as a consultant for the Canadian television program Sea Hunters, and contributed to Naval History magazine. 
Joy Waldron is the coauthor of The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America. A professional journalist and editor, she has published numerous articles on World War II ships, survivors, and underwater archaeology. Other journalistic credits include investigative reporting on the search for the Titanic and breaking the news worldwide of Robert Ballard’s expedition, including roundup stories for Smithsonian magazine and others.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Timeline xv

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Heaven Shaker 7

Chapter 2 Rising Sun 15

Chapter 3 Midway 23

Chapter 4 The Mighty Miss 31

Chapter 5 Circle-Six Metal Fitting 45

Chapter 6 Neptune's Ancient Order of the Deep 61

Chapter 7 Suicide Submarines 81

Chapter 8 Battle Stars 95

Chapter 9 Kamikaze War 113

Chapter 10 Killer Steam, Killer Planes 123

Chapter 11 Blossoms on the Water 133

Chapter 12 The Last Sortie 141

Chapter 13 The Kikusui Mission 149

Chapter 14 Death at Ulithi 165

Chapter 15 Escape 181

Chapter 16 Rescue 211

Chapter 17 The Shadow of Death 227

Chapter 18 Mission Failure 239

Chapter 19 December 1944 261

Chapter 20 Setting Sun 277

Epilogue 283

Postscript 287

Acknowledgments 291

Appendix A USS Mississinewa Crew List 295

Appendix B Official Navy Documents: Action Report of Captain Philip Beck; Action Report Of USS Rail, November 20, 1944 301

Appendix C Underwafer On The USS Mississinewa, 2001 307

Appendix D Oil leaks at Ulithi 313

Appendix E Underwater On the USS Mississinewa, July 2013 317

Notes 323

Bibliography 337

Index 347

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Praise for Kaiten

“A powerful tale about how an intersection of youth, patriotism, and sacrifice ended in a fiery suicidal assault on an American warship. More than recounting a battle, this is a very human story that relives one of the most painful episodes of World War II.”—James P. Delgado, author of Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare

“A crisp, persuasive narrative about a little-known but startling World War II attack . . . Mair and Waldron portray the story from both perspectives, constantly building to a dramatic, fiery crescendo. Their profiles of American and Japanese sailors add poignancy to a compelling story of battle disaster, death, and survival.”—David Sears, author of Pacific Air

“This doomed mission almost became lost in history after the atomic explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the authors of Kaiten have pulled together the story and populated it with flesh-and-blood warriors on both sides of the conflict . . . This book can take its place alongside Shadow Divers and Unbroken as a graphic, living story from the worst war the world has ever known.”—Richard McCord, journalist, editor, and publisher of the Santa Fe Reporter, and author of The Chain Gang: One Newspaper versus the Gannett Empire

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