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  Type A Midget Submarine (Cape Esperence 1945)
IJN
Type A
Kō-hyōteki kō-gata

46 Tons (surfaced)
47 Tons (submerged)
78.5' x 6' x 10.2'
2 x Type 97 torpedo
140kg scuttling charge

Wartime History
This midget submarine was scuttled or sunk off Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal.

Shipwreck
After the Japanese evacuation of Guadalcanal, this midget submarine was discovered by American forces.

On January 4, 1945 USCGC Ironwood (WLB-297) began salvaging this submarine from a depth of 30' off Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal. Divers, working from a small boat, use a hose and crowbars to clear a space under the bow and stern of the submarine. On January 9, 1945 a chain sling is rigged around the bow for salvage. The identity of this 1945 salvaged midget submarine is unknown but possibly HA-8, HA-22 or HA-37.

The fate of this submarine is unknown.

References
Combined Fleet - Midget Submarines in the Solomon Islands 1942

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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