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Hackensack in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kaiten Type II

(Means = Turned Towards Heaven)

 

—WWII Japanese Suicide Human Torpedo —

 
Kaiten Type II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
1. Kaiten Type II Marker
Inscription.
Normal Displacement: 13.4 Tons
Maximum Speed: 40 kts Submerged
Range: 13.7 miles @ 40 kts, 48 miles @ 20 kts
Warhead: 3417 lbs High Explosives
Propultion: Hydrogen Peroxide 1500 HP
Crew: 2
Dimensions: 54’ – 0” Long, 4’ – 6” Wide

First operational deployment was in Nov. 1944 until the last days of the war. The Kaiten was normally carried to the target area on a larger ocean going submarine or cruiser. On a submarine delivery, the pilot entered the Kaiten from a hatch under its belly; from a cruiser it was lowered over the side. At about 8300 yards the Kaiten was launched from its parent submarine and cruised at periscope depth. At a distance to its target (a US ship) of 550 yards, the pilot would submerge to 13 feet and lock his controls for the final attack run. The Kaiten’s maximum speed was 40 kts which made it faster than any US ship in WWII. Approximately 700 of these suicide submarines were built and only 50 were used in action.
 
Location. 40° 52.825′ N, 74° 2.414′ W. Marker is in Hackensack, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Street and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the New Jersey Naval
Kaiten Type II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
2. Kaiten Type II Marker
Museum on the Hackensack River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78 River Street, Hackensack NJ 07601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seehund (here, next to this marker); PBR Mark II River Patrol Boat (a few steps from this marker); Still on Patrol (a few steps from this marker); Submariners Memorial (a few steps from this marker); USS Gudgeon (SS-211) (a few steps from this marker); Polaris A-1 Missle (within shouting distance of this marker); Bofor 40 MM Auto Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Lark Anti-aircraft Missile (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hackensack.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker at the New Jersey Naval Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
3. Marker at the New Jersey Naval Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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