World War II in the Pacific Questions from Readers
Aloha. I live on the big island. We have a Martin B10-B that crashed in 1941,
number 166. It sits on a side of a valley. Do you know when that plane came to
Hawaii? It is still there -- only the front gun turret is not there, the rest is
still intact. -- Richard
I completed over 40 years with the government. I was a SCUBA diver and Boat Operator for the
U.S. Army Corps of Eng. LA Dist. When we worked out of San Pedro I
heard some of the old timers speak several times of a two man midget
Japanese submarine that was sank trying to get into Los Angles Harbor,
in the early days of the war, December of 1941. Some said it was sank by
the shore Batters of Ft. Mac Author, others said it was sank by a plane
from Los Altos. I remember hearing of reports of two different dive
teams saying they found it. The last time was around 1962. Of course we
were not blessed with the modern technology we have today. It was pretty
hard to get a good fix with a sexton so the location still remains
unknown. The divers that found it had no trouble identifying it. They
said that the torpedoes were still in the bow and they were concerned
not to do any thing that might set them off. Maybe some one will stumble
on it again. After all they located the midget sub that the USS Ward
sank not long ago at the entrance of Pearl Harbor. Thank you for your
After Action Report , 7Dec41 , Keeper Barbers Point Light Station.
Two parachutists were dropped close to the station; they were confused in the kiawi trees and prowled around the station all Sunday night, the Fort Kam. 55th C.A. boys firing at them with rifles and machine guns. One was wounded, and was later found on the beach, buried by his mate. His feet were sticking out of the sand. The other was later shot by an officer.
Monday night was bad; the boys were nervous ... they thought parachutists were on top of the tower. It proved to be nothing. They escorted me to the house and warned me not to go outside as they would shoot at anything.
When we got the word that the two Japs were located, we felt easy, and Tuesday night was the first night anybody slept.
Return to: WW2 Menu About this page: Questions - from Readers.
Last updated on January 10, 2003
Contact us at