Operation Rising Sun


Operation Rising Sun

The Sinking of Japan's Secret Submarine I-52

David W. Jourdan
Foreword by James P. Delgado

352 pages
67 illustrations

eBook (EPUB)

June 2020


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June 2020


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June 2020


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About the Book

In 1944 Allied codebreakers learned the Imperial Japanese Navy had dispatched the cargo submarine I-52 to occupied France with tons of military supplies and payment—in gold—for German assistance. I-52 undertook the mission as part of the Yanagi missions, a military program meant to alleviate Japan’s desperate need for military material and technical knowledge. After tracking I-52 from Asia to the Atlantic, the Allies destroyed the vessel in a battle that ended the Yanagi missions and left I-52 an unlikely treasure ship on the seafloor.

David W. Jourdan adds to the history of I-52 with a spellbinding account of his efforts to find the sunken submarine. One of the first joint American-Russian research expeditions, the search for the wreck combined a team effort, exhaustive detective work, and a dramatic battle with the sea. The effort paid off when the group found I-52’s nearly intact hull three miles down. The expedition also earned an unexpected historical dividend when it uncovered one-of-a-kind recordings of American Avenger torpedo bomber attacks on an enemy submarine.

Part war tale and part seagoing adventure, Operation Rising Sun tells the story of the two very different missions to find submarine I-52.

Author Bio

David W. Jourdan is president of Nauticos, a company devoted to deep-sea exploration. He and his Nauticos team are responsible for the discovery of the Japanese World War II submarine I-52 in the Atlantic. He is the author of several books, including The Search for the Japanese Fleet: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway (Potomac Books, 2015) and The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart. James P. Delgado is a maritime archaeologist, explorer, and writer. He has investigated more than one hundred shipwrecks and is the author of Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare.


“The sinking of the Japanese submarine I-52 was a unique event in World War II that provides the only surviving audio recording of a successful aerial antisubmarine attack. David Jourdan’s dramatic chronicle includes elements of undersea, surface, and aerial warfare along with histories of wartime commerce and codebreaking that caused the battle to be joined. . . . A terrific read and a wonderful account of a little-known but vitally important episode in naval history!”—Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), former supreme allied commander at NATO

“In Operation Rising Sun David Jourdan brings the fascinating saga of I-52’s mission alive, three-quarters of a century after her fatal plunge.”—Vice Adm. George W. Emery, USN (Ret.), former commander of U.S. and Allied Submarine Commands, Atlantic

“Extremely well researched, well documented, and well illustrated, this fast-paced tale of aircraft carrier and submarine operations, codebreaking, undersea research, maritime leadership, and perseverance against almost insurmountable odds will appeal to both novices and experts with an interest in the history and technology of naval aviation, submarines, early antisubmarine warfare techniques and weapons, and underwater search and recovery.”—Rear Adm. Thomas A. Mercer, USN (Ret.), former commanding officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

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