Ghosts of Bungo Suido

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In the last year of the great war at sea in the Pacific, there is one place where American submarines are forbidden to go: the straits of Bungo Suido, which is the largest of the three channels into Japan’s secretive Inland Sea. The reason: five American submarines have been lost without a trace in and around these straits so far during the war. The straits are heavily mined and patrolled by radar-equipped aircraft, destroyers, and smaller civilian patrol craft, all of which is in place to protect one of Japan’s most important naval arsenals, at Kure, fifteen miles from a city called Hiroshima.

At the end of 1944, American reconnaissance aircraft operating out of China discover the biggest aircraft carrier ever built getting ready to go operational from it base at Kure. For three years the Japanese have been building this monster inside an enormous industrial building erected over a 1000 foot long drydock. The top brass at Pearl Harbor does not want this giant getting loose in the Pacific at a time when the Allied naval forces are stretched to the limit with the invasion of the Philippines. They decide to dispatch a lone submarine, USS Dragonfish, with orders to penetrate Bungo Suido and to attack the new carrier at its base at Kure, an attack the Japanese navy would never expect, and for very good reasons. Ghosts of Bungo Suido is the story of what happens.

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