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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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1944.
 
Location.
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Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 52.825′ N, 74° 2.414′ W. Marker was in Hackensack, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of River Street and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the New Jersey Naval Museum on the Hackensack River. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 78 River Street, Hackensack NJ 07601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. 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); Bofor 40 MM Auto Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Ling (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Richard Varick (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Reformed Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archibald Campbell Family Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hackensack.
 
Regarding Kaiten Type II. The USS Ling Museum has been closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage. Virtually every marker has been removed and any remaining displays, including USS Ling, are in derelict condition.
 
Kaiten Type II Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
2. Kaiten Type II Marker
Marker at the New Jersey Naval Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
3. Marker at the New Jersey Naval Museum
The abandoned U.S.S. Ling Museum site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, July 11, 2017
4. The abandoned U.S.S. Ling Museum site
The USS Ling Museum has been closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage. Virtually every marker has been removed and any remaining displays, including USS Ling, are in derelict condition.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4. submitted on September 20, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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