History Presentation Japan’s Underwater Aircraft Carriers
Saturday, March 11 2023
Doors Open at 10:00 am Presentation Starts at 11:00 am
The U.S. was thrust into WWII on December 7, 1941 with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Following this successful attack, the Japanese High Command began searching for their next step against the United States.
Within weeks following the attacks on Hawaii, the Philippines, and other U.S. and British territories, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet, formulated a strategy to target major U.S. cities. Yamamoto proposed a fleet of specially equiped, extremely large submarines carrying aircraft capable of attacking the U.S. mainland. They were to be the largest submarines ever built and would carry Japan’s most advanced aircraft. By early 1945 the first squadron of these weapons had been activated and were poised to attack the U.S. mainland and the critical infrastructure of the Panama Canal.
At 11:00 am on Saturday, March 11, the National Museum of World War II Aviation will present “Japan’s Underwater Aircraft Carriers.” Museum docent Johnny Drury, a U.S. Air Force combat veteran, will discuss Japan’s effort to build and deploy this unique weapon system against Allied targets.
This presentation will be open to everyone visiting the museum at no additional charge. The museum doors open at 10:00 am and the presentation begins at 11:00 am.