Human Torpedo

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Tokio Jokio (McCabe, 1943) has a gag invovling a human torpedo with a less-than-enthusiastic pilot. Japan actually had such craft, which were called Kaiten, and were truly suicide submarines.

    Oddly, the first group of these pilots did not train until August, 1944, and the first mission did not occur until November, 1944 -- it sunk a tanker. Only two ships were ever sunk by such craft, at a loss of roughly some 900 crewmen, including the occupants of the submarine.

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