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Japanese Sub Found at Pearl Harbor

August 29, 2002

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HONOLULU (AP) _ Researchers said Wednesday they found a Japanese midget submarine sunk nearly two hours before the aerial attack on Pearl Harbor.

The two-man submarine was discovered in several hundred feet of water near the mouth of Pearl Harbor, surrounded by military debris, said John Wiltshire, associate director of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, which found the submarine.

The sub was sunk by a Navy battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

``It’s the shot that started World War II between the Americans and the Japanese,″ Wiltshire said.

Wiltshire said his crew is certain it is the midget sub that led four others into Pearl Harbor because of a bullet hole in its conning tower. He said the remains of the two Japanese crew members are likely still inside.

The submarine was the focus of a National Geographic expedition in 2000, but was never found.

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