I am doing research for a non-model related project and have hit a bump in the road. I would appriciate input into this discussion.
In 1949 the Navy Club of the USA toured the country, partly as a fund raising function, with a display of World War 2 memorabilia that included a Japanese "Koryu" midget suicide submarine.This tour stopped in at least 3 Maine towns9 I have the newspaper clippings). The description says it is 20 feet long and powered by batteries, with a range of 150 miles, and manned by one pilot. It goes on to say that it carried 1800 pounds of explosive and was expected to ram itself into it's target. It is alledged that this "model" of sub was used "extensively"during the Okinawa campaign until the end of the war and built at Yokosuka. I enclose a scratchy photo fron the Bangor Daily News, dated 7/20/1949.
As one can see, this appears to be more like the sub that kids could buy from the back of a comic book than a real sub. It is not a Type A, B, C, or D " Koryu" Nor is it a Kairyu, which were built at Yokosuka.
I have my suspicitions about this matter, but would like to hear other comments or ideas. Thanks