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I-19, Type B1
The Type B1 was the most numerous class of Japanese submarines. These boats were fast, long-ranged and carried a seaplane which could be launched on a forward catapult (I-17 had catapult aft). During the war, the aircraft hanger and catapult were removed from some boats and replaced with a second 14cm gun. In 1944, I-36 and I-37 were modified to carry four Kaiten, and I-36 was later modified again to carry six Kaiten.
I-19 sank CV-7 USS Wasp and DD-415 USS O'Brien, and damaged BB-55 USS North Carolina during the Guadalcanal campaign. I-19 was sunk by the destroyer USS Radford west of Makin Island on November 25th, 1943, with all hands lost.
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