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Default Imperial Japanese Navy Midget Submarine Type A

This is the 1/72 Fine Molds Imperial Japanese Navy Midget Submarine Type A

A little bit of History on HA-19 and the attack on Pearl Harbor. there many different accounts, Here is one:

In November 1941, Ha-19 was part of the Kido Butai and physically attached to I-24 as its mother ship at Kamegakubi Naval Proving Ground. Its two-man crew consisted of Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki (19181999) and Chief Warrant Officer Kiyoshi Inagaki (19151941).

On 7 December 1941 at 3:30am, Ha-19 launched from I-24 with a broken gyrocompass. The crew had four and a half hours to get to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to join the attack on Pearl Harbor and had to fix the compass en route.

Ha-19 reached the entrance to the harbor, and impaired by the broken compass, hit a reef three times and grounded on the right side of the entrance at 8:00am. With the attack on the Harbor underway, the stranded submarine was spotted and attacked at 8:17 by the USS Helm. The destroyer missed and managed to blast Ha-19 off the reef, knocking Sakamaki unconscious. Inagaki dived the submarine, and when he resurfaced at 8:18, Helm opened fire again and missed. Inagaki dived once more to escape the confrontation.

When Sakamaki awoke, they made another attempt at the harbor. The grounding had damaged the vessel so she could not fire one of her torpedoes. HA-19 flooded and the batteries were giving off fumes from being in contact with seawater. Attempting to enter the harbor they hit the reef again and reversed for another attempt. On the next try, she grounded again, but after adjusting the ballast was freed. On the final attempt, HA-19 came under a depth charge attack that disabled her ability to fire the other torpedo and damaged the periscope. The crew decided to abort the attack and return to I-24 near Lanai. The fumes given off by the batteries finally overcame them and HA-19 was carried by the currents. The crew awoke to find it was night, and they intended to land the submarine ashore at Waimānalo. The engine died and she grounded on another reef. Sakamaki ordered Inagaki to abandon ship while he set the scuttling charge and followed suit. The charge failed to detonate likely from being in contact with seawater. Sakamaki managed to swim through the surf to shore where he collapsed and was captured the next day. Inagaki drowned and his body washed ashore the next day.

Kazuo Sakamaki Crewman of HA-19 the first Japanese prisoner of War

Kiyoshi Inagaki Crewman HA-19 died Dec, 7 1941

The Japanese Navy included five Type A midget submarines in the Pearl Harbor raid of 7 December 1941. Transported on board large I type submarines, the midgets were launched near the entrance to Pearl Harbor the night before the attack was to begin. One, spotted trying to enter the harbor before dawn, was attacked and sunk by USS Ward (DD-139) in the first combat action of the as yet unopened Pacific War. At least one of the midgets was able to enter the harbor and was sunk there by USS Monaghan (DD-354). Another, the Ha-19, unsuccessful in its attempts to penetrate Pearl Harbor, drifted around to the east coast of Oahu and was captured there the day after the attack.
Four of the five Pearl Harbor midget submarines have been found. That sunk by Ward was located by the Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory in late August 2002 in deep water, some five miles off the entrance to Pearl Harbor. It remains where it sank as an element of the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark. The other three have been salvaged. Ha-19 was recovered immediately after the attack and the one sunk by USS Monaghan a few days later. The third was found off the harbor entrance in 1960. The submarine sunk by USS Monaghan's submarine was buried in a landfill shortly after its recovery. Two are on exhibit, Ha-19 at Fredericksburg, Texas, and the one found in 1960 at Eta Jima, Japan.
One of the five Pearl Harbor midgets is still unaccounted for. Recent studies of Pearl Harbor attack photograpy have led some observers to argue that one of the midgets was in place off "Battleship Row" as the Japanese torpedo planes came in, and may have fired its torpedoes at USS Oklahoma (BB-37) or USS West Virginia (BB-48). This contention is still controversial, but, if it is true, the "missing" Type A midget submarine may lie undiscovered inside Pearl Harbor. Of the five midget subs, designated "Midgets A through E" by the United States Navy for the order they had been spotted, none returned to rendezvous with the Imperial Task force.

BELOW: Wartime painting in oils on silk, by an unidentified Japanese artist, depicting the four officers and five crewmen who were lost with the five Japanese midget submarines that participated in the attack. The single survivor (Kazuo Sakamaki ) of that effort is omitted from the painting, which features a view of the attack on Ford Island in its center.

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