They could have really been well used.
It was made, but the idiots who used it decided, instead of carpet bombing Los Angeles or something, they tried to drop napalm bombs on the Oregon forests to create panic. Excerpt from the book Fatal Decisions:
Credit has to be given to the wily Japanese for even contemplating such an enterprise and having the courage and determination to carry it though. Like a couple of other nations, they had developed and used and extra-large submersible, the I-25 of 2,195 tons, big enough to carry a floatplane. This submarine crossed the Pacific and arrived off the Oregon coast on 9 September 1942. The crew had been frustrated by stormy seas for ten days, but on that morning the young pilot of the aircraft in the small hangar of the I-25 was able to gaze through the periscope and see the lighthouse at Cape Blanco and the mountains wreathed in mist. Captain Tagami, told him he would make history-the first man to bomb the USA! In fact, the attack scheme had been the pilots, one of the youngest in the Japanese navy called Fujita, who had his plan sent to the famous Admiral Yamamamoto, architect and executor of the devastating raid on Pearl Harbor. But the actual originator of such a far-out notion had been the ex-consul at Seattle, who had advised the military that the best way to stir up panic amoung the Americans was to set fire tho the great tracts of forest along the west coast. It was not a new idea, the RAF had such schemes which were allegedly carried out in tentative fashion in 1940-41. Now it was up to one Japanese pilot with his observer, Okuda, to prove it could be done. the airmen made their wills and left these with other personal effects before being catapulted off the submarine to fly over Cape Blanco. Unfortuanaly for the Japanese, their plan did not include the obvious tactic: to littler the American woodlands with incindiary devices. As the sun rose the seaplane flew some forty-two miles before its crew dropped a single bomb onto the forest land. Nine miles on they loosed their only other missile before flying back over the sea, droppng low when Fujita saw 2 freighters. They found their submarine and were craned inboard safely. Amazingly, and without being detected, the I-25 continued to cruise around the American waters until 29 September, when Fujita again took off in his seaplane, this time by night, to bomb the same area, fifty miles east of Cape Blanco. Even then, the plucky Japanese only dropped one bomb. However, that the Americans were not aware of the intruder seems to have been indicated by broadcasts designed to alleviate public fear, for on 10 September, the day after the first raid, Radio San Francisco repeated assurances that only a single plane had dropped "several incendiary bombs" over Oregon, casuing damage in the woods that resulted in several deaths, the intruder presumably having been launched from a submarine. With such inspired guesswork it should not have been difficult for naval and coastguard patrols to locate such a large object. The fact that I-25 was still lurking about in American coastal waters proves otherwise.
Repeat, this is an excerpt from the book Fatal Decisions, by Edmund Blandford, not my own work. They did not know anything about nukes at the time so they never planned to use them. A waste for something that could have done real damage, but was only used once in an insignificate way. It was an ingenious idea.
There was at least one prior example of aircraft-carrying sub, the Surcouf. But it was only one single light recon plane and IIRC the plane wasn't even used operationally.
PachyThere was at least one prior example of aircraft-carrying sub, the Surcouf. But it was only one single light recon plane and IIRC the plane wasn't even used operationally.
You didnt even mention the Surcouf's surface armament, wasnt it 2 x 8" guns?
They did not know anything about nukes at the time. Yes but the Japanese did know about chemical warefare.
the sufcouf is a mini sub compared to the British M1 mounting ! 12 inch gun
well since it wasnt used in combat i dont think devs will implament it. and whats wrong with you guys? never seen secret japanese aircraft of WW2 on the history channel?
I love that show. Also watch Kaigun, a history of the Japanese navy.
i dont watch that show id rather watch sub week or sundays at 5pm that tanks show never missed and episode
You watch that too? I lost my Sky about a month ago, but I have seen all the episodes, too. I love sub week. But with Sky, Tanks comes on every day at 4:00. So I have a nice chance to watch them. Love both shows. I have also seen Secret Weapons of the Japanese Airforce or whatever, it was jam-packed with info!