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Dark Photos: An Unidentified Object Photographed in Pearl Harbor

Published on Jun 11, 2019 41,058 views
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Computer enhancement of this infamous photo, taken from a Nakajima B5N2 torpedo bomber early on in Japan’s WW2 attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, shows a wide view of the harbor mid-attack… with something curious. There appears to be noticeable aberrations in the surface of the water, with no corresponding splash to indicate an air-dropped weapon.

The attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii is typically remembered as a surprise aerial invasion by over 350 Japanese aircraft. What is often left out of that narrative is that along with the hundreds of fighter jets and bombers, the Japanese also launched five miniature submarines as another wing of their attack, with the intent of invading the harbor from below.

These miniature, or midget, subs, were developed in secret by the Japanese Navy under the code name Type A Kō-hyōteki, or “Target A”. Each of the 46-ton water crafts could fit two pilots, and were armed with two 450-millimeters Type 97 torpedoes containing 800 pound warheads. The subs were designed to travel at a max speed of 26 miles per hour, at a depth no greater than 100 meters.

Their story is typically sidelined for good reason - the historical records show that of the five midget submarines launched from larger Japanese motherships just hours before the aerial attack began, none of them managed to infiltrate the harbor and inflict any additional damage to the American naval fleet.

At least, that’s how the story went until the late 1990’s, when close analysis of the aforementioned photo revealed a surprising twist to that narrative - that one of the five Japanese submarines may have successfully breached the harbor and launched an underwater attack, after all.

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  • Dark5
    Dark5 1 week ago Thanks for being patient as we worked things out on this video. As you may have heard, it has been a tough week for many history-oriented channels on YouTube. Fortunately, it seems like YT is doing their best to sort out their video review process, but things are a little slow for the time being. I wanted to post a regular Dark5 in before this one, but that has been pushed to next week. Stay tuned for that one, “5 Seemingly Ordinary Photos with Extraordinary Backstories,” and check out Dark Docs for the bigger story on Japan’s secret mini sub raid on Pearl Harbor: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl3SuH2Ue044b7ACX1syk4A
  • Corey Messick
    Corey Messick 3 days ago Dark5 Politics 🙄
  • DestinationLyra
    DestinationLyra 5 days ago No, no thank you for your continued efforts in bringing to light what We/the audience are kept in the dark about ;) Been subbed for 4 maybe 5 or 6 years now. Thank you for all of that time dudes/dudettes.
  • Níłch’i naalkidí ᛏᛖᛚᛖᚹᛁᛋᛁᛟᚾ दूरदर्शन التلفاز
    Níłch’i naalkidí ᛏᛖᛚᛖᚹᛁᛋᛁᛟᚾ दूरदर्शन التلفاز 5 days ago (edited) +James Croad Agreed. That is why I have been trying to save as much as I can the past few years. I downloaded and categorized a few thousand photographs so far and have over 200 PDFs. I doubt I'll ever be satisfied. I'll just keep collecting history as I go.
  • James Croad
    James Croad 6 days ago Censorship starts slowly, usually under the guise of protecting from 'hate', encourages self censorship through rewarded behaviours (virtue signalling), works its way to rewriting history by reducing access to it (and that's even before but we get to the fact that the only version we get is the story the victors or those in control want us to know), and ends up with doctrine. We're kind of on the way to this, its easy to see.
  • Thomas Decon
    Thomas Decon 6 days ago @Sundiata "10-4 "
  • Sundiata
    Sundiata 6 days ago @Thomas Decon if so, then that will be very weak of youtube to do so.
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  • Sundiata
    Sundiata 6 days ago @Jim B. please don't tell me this is real. God please no, no!.....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Melodee Aaron
    Melodee Aaron 6 days ago Well worth the wait!
  • Christopher Puylara
    Christopher Puylara 6 days ago Thank you for the history lesson, always loved history in school, but back in the 60s/70s we didn't have this wealth of information or it just wasn't given to us due to time constraints. Your photos and lists of events ( I watch Dark 5 all the time even the old ones) have expanded my knowledge of my world around me thanks again.
  • inferno
    inferno 1 week ago Jim B. LMFAOOO why is that so accurate
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    rayholderg1 1 week ago Dark5 LOVE your productions. On all your channels. Definitely in my top 5 YouTube channels. Keep up the great work! :)
  • Jim B.
    Jim B. 1 week ago YouTube staff: Ok. Let's review these videos....Ok. This one is about the Nazis. Can't show this. They'll offend the Germans....Can't show this one. It's about Hiroshima. Japanese will be offended...."Custer's Last Stand?" Nope. Native Americans will be offended. Hmmm....Here's one about the Underground Railroad, but can't show this. African-Americans will be offended by all the slavery. Well, I guess we can't pass any of these videos today. Well, except for the 3-hour video of this nerd streaming his Minecraft game....
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    weirdshibainu 1 week ago What is you tube doing to history oriented channels?
  • sweiland75
    sweiland75 1 week ago Is the American government trying to revise history, again? LOL
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    Nexfero 6 days ago Dark Docs video on Dark5? We need more synthwave Dark5 radio music.
  • maverickthebastard
    maverickthebastard 1 week ago Brilliant and informative piece of work D5, well done, loved it.
  • SehxualPanda
    SehxualPanda 1 week ago (edited) 0:34 - "Fighter Jets and Bombers" I believe those are just regular Fighters, jets didn't make an appearance until towards the end in the war when Germany began using them
  • Ken P
    Ken P 9 hours ago You didn't see "The Final Countdown" ?
  • Punished Illy
    Punished Illy 1 day ago @Wa ge lmao
  • Loopy Mind
    Loopy Mind 1 day ago @axemasterca r/wooooosh
  • Kevin Tucker
    Kevin Tucker 4 days ago Wa ge Hehe, good one.............,.
  • Wa ge
    Wa ge 6 days ago Hey its 2019 they identify as Fighter Jets
  • Jim B.
    Jim B. 1 week ago @ahmost 22 Nooo. I was making reference to what D5 said in its comment (at the top). Not the original commenter here or his comment.
  • ahmost 22
    ahmost 22 1 week ago @Jim B. I mean he wasn't that mean about it, he's just saying
  • Jim B.
    Jim B. 1 week ago (Video makes one simple mistake confusing a WWII propeller-guided airplane with a jet airplane) YouTube: THIS VIDEO IS HISTORICALLY INACCURATE! WE'RE SHUTTING YOU ASSHOLES DOWN!!!!!!
  • Curtis Smith
    Curtis Smith 1 week ago Guys, guys. Guys. They're UFOs.
  • MoppyPuppy
    MoppyPuppy 1 week ago "Fighter Jets & Gundams."
  • axemasterca
    axemasterca 1 week ago @Punished Illy No they are actually stealth fighters with holographic projectors to make them look like WWII era planes lmao.
  • Punished Illy
    Punished Illy 1 week ago @axemasterca they are clearly MiG-29s
  • Andy the Malevolent
    Andy the Malevolent 1 week ago I believe the British meteor was actually in combat before the me262.
  • axemasterca
    axemasterca 1 week ago @Randomstuffs216 ROTFLMFAO You might want to look a little closer. The Super Hornet wouldn't be built for another 60 years or so.
  • Randomstuffs216
    Randomstuffs216 1 week ago They are F18-Super hornets
  • The Kerminator
    The Kerminator 3 days ago 0:35 I didn't know the Japanese had fighter jets in 1941.
  • I amcarbonandotherbits.
    I amcarbonandotherbits. 1 week ago Never knew about the fire in 44. Thanks for Intel.
  • MACBACSIAO
    MACBACSIAO 4 days ago WTF WHAT DID I MISS. You narrate your videos?! Bell notification for sure.
  • Julian Zuniga
    Julian Zuniga 1 week ago The only time red circles mean something in a thumbnail
  • Miss Leia Skywalker11
    Miss Leia Skywalker11 1 week ago Wow that was amazing. Thank you for putting together this great video 🤘🏼😘
  • Matthew Scalf
    Matthew Scalf 1 week ago Awesome video, very interesting. Love this channel 👍
  • I'm under your bed
    I'm under your bed 1 week ago A torpedo fired from a submarine would explain the damage to the ship's hull.
  • Sabrina Brittain
    Sabrina Brittain 5 days ago this channel has kinda died tbh.... i think it has a lot to do with the narrator now. 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • martin Bassett
    martin Bassett 5 days ago First time I have heard of this.....excellent video and narration
  • Eclipse Haven
    Eclipse Haven 1 week ago I thought people knew about the submarines, one got stranded and then the US would get their first POW
  • some other legate
    some other legate 6 days ago Couldn't it be a sinking ship or a shadow?
  • AdTheBaron
    AdTheBaron 1 week ago Is the video being narrated by Tom green????
  • General Malarky
    General Malarky 6 days ago Dark5 is subtitles. DarkDocs is narration.
  • GreatScot70
    GreatScot70 5 days ago Great video however, there were no jet fighters in 1941. 👍
  • Imperial Shocktrooper
    Imperial Shocktrooper 6 days ago I had worked out for myself that the anomaly in that image was a submarine. The first time I saw the image, my eye was caught by the anomaly, which I realized was a submarine once I saw the shape of the subs used.
  • Ron Jay
    Ron Jay 6 days ago whoever does this commentary you're fired