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In Reply to: RE: IJN = 10 total Aircraft Carriers at start of WW2 posted by FenderLover on March 12, 2017 at 19:47:16
I figured out recently that my father was on ship in Okinawa. Not fun. A history of his ship mentioned two missed plane dropped torpedoes which were dead on but missed because they went under the ship. Doesn't seem to make sense to me that the Japanese would be that sloppy? Supposedly certain death for anyone below deck. So thank Japanese incompetence for my many valued contributions to AA folks. T456
"The Borg is the ultimate user. They're unlike any threat your Federation has ever faced."
- Q, 2365
The USN Submariners had a notoriously bad time in the first half of WW2 with "duds." These weapons are extremely complicated and malfunctions plagued not only the IJN and USN, but also the Germans, esp during WW1.
During WW2, German U-boaters disabled the tricky magnetic detonators, in favor of contact fuse. And used contact approach solutions to increase explosion rates.
The whole topic is a very interesting one. Well documented in the attached article.
the intransigence of the Navy bureaucracy.
Mark in NC
"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains" -Paul Simon
Single-handedly made the US Submarine Force into the offensive and reconnaissance force it still is today.
Submariners are what they are today, because of a few good folks during the war.
He was part of the problem for far too long!
Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger
role and effectiveness. There was a fight to keep the service separate, after WW2. A very interesting part of US Navy history.
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