Obviously, there would have been no book without the kindness and cooperation of the Sen-toku Fleet’s officers and crew. As a result, I would like to thank the I-401’s captain, Lt. Commander Nobukiyo Nambu, for his graciousness and candor, and his son, Nobutaka Nambu, for helping me better understand his father’s long and distinguished career.
Additionally, I’d like to thank the I-401’s Yoshio Andoh, Muneo Bando, Chin-Ji Inouye, and Tsugio Yata, who opened their homes and were extremely generous with their time and patience in answering my questions.
Atsushi Asamura and Heiji Kondo, both of whom served aboard the I-401 as members of the 631st Air group, also spent significant time with me for which I am grateful.
I also want to thank the I-400’s officer and crew for meeting with me including Fukumaru Koshimoto, Shoici Matsutani, Hidetoshi Namura, Izumi Fuji (daughter of Hidetoshi Namura), Masami Nariari, Kazuo Nishijima, Masao Okui, Sutejiro Shimazu, Haruo Suigiyama, and Kazuo Takatsu as well as Chikanori Hatanaka, who served aboard the I-400 as a member of the 631st Air Group.
An equally heart felt thanks needs to be extended to the officers and crew of the USS Segundo (SS-398) for speaking with me including: John Balson, Richard Binkley, Carlo Carlucci, Leon Crouse, Victor Horgan, Rod Johnson, Wallace Karnes, Jr., Harry McCartney, Robert O’Connor, Bud Quam, and Carl Stallcop. Many of their family members also deserve thanks including: Miriam Miller Balson, Mrs. Richard Binkley, Mike Carlucci, Suze Johnson Comerford, Lynne Fulp, Mary Lee Horgan, Nadia M. Johnson, Steve Johnson, Jr., Marge McCartney, Carolie McLaughlin, and Karen Pittman.
I’m also grateful to the U.S. Prize Crews and their families for allowing me to interview them including: Harry Arvidson (I-400), Lynda Arvidson Cambron, Gordon Hiatt (I-400), Dave Johnson (whose father was a member of the I-400’s Prize Crew), Donald Pierson (I-401), Lou Reynolds (I-14), and Paul Wittmer (I-401).
It was both an honor and a pleasure to interview these people who were direct participants in, or witnesses to, one of the most fascinating but little known naval operations of World War II.
My apologies to anyone I’ve inadvertently forgotten. Any errors found in Operation Storm are solely my responsibility.