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Kugisho E14Y Glen

The aircraft that bombed America

White • 2012
Autor(zy)Ryusuke Ishiguro, Tadeusz Januszewski
IlustratorZygmunt Szeremeta
ISBN 978-83-89450-61-6
Data wydania2012-11-15
Nr katalogowy9116
KategoriaSold Out KategoriaWyprzedana
FormatA4, 128 stron (128 w kolorze)
Cena72.00 PLN Cena17.99 GBP

Only one enemy aircraft has ever dropped bombs on mainland USA - and that aircraft was a submarine-launched "Glen" floatplane. This book tells the story of the design, development and operational use of the E14Y1 "Glen".

Included are details of earlier Japanese submarine-launched aircraft, and of the submarines designed and used as seaplane carriers. Profusely illustrated with photos, plans and colour profiles - plus a escription and photos of the only remnants of the E14Y1 still in existence, submerged aboard the hulk of the Akibasan Maru off Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.

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  • Amazon.co.uk customer review (2nd) • 2014-03-04
  • Internetmodeler.com • 2014-03-04

    By Chris Banyai-Riepl

    For all the extensive worldwide conflict during the Second World War, there remains only one aircraft that dropped bombs on the mainland United States. This book documents that aircraft, the diminutive Kugisho E14Y "Glen" submarine-based seaplane. Operating in retaliation for the Doolittle raids, E14Y aircraft engaged in two bombing raids on the Oregon coast, accomplishing little more than a footnote in history books. This title from Mushroom Model Publications changes that, and provides what is undoubtedly the most thorough history of the E14Y "Glen" currently in print. The book examines the E14Y in typical MMP fashion, with a comprehensive overview of the development of submarine-based aircraft. The first twenty or so pages details the various observation and reconnaissance aircraft types developed for submarine operations, with photos, drawings, and color illustrations providing a complete picture. After this introduction, the book moves on to the E14Y, including the prototypes as well as production examples.

    The majority of the book, though, covers the operational record of the E14Y, and that is a good thing as it is a fascinating story. Early operations took place in the Southwest Pacific before moving on to the American coastline. There is even a German connection, making for a colorful history. Speaking of color, the book also details the colors and markings of the E14Y, both in color profile illustrations and plenty of photographs. Finally, there are many pages of scale drawings throughout the book that will satisfy the modeler interested in building a Glen for the shelf.

  • Amazon.com customer review (2nd) • 2014-03-04

    5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on a rarely discussed Japanese Floatplane

    April 30, 2013 By El Kabong

    First off, I was familiar with the MMPBooks, having owning several of their titles. This book is not the same size as the 'orange titles', its actually the size of a large magazine, but in book form.

    Now the gist of the book itself.

    Very few people realize that the Japanese actually bombed North America during the early part of WW2. Not by heavy or medium bombers, but by a tiny floatplane that was carried across the ocean on board Type I Boat submarines.

    The E14Y 'Glen' was a tiny 2 man aircraft that carried a light payload, mainly used as reconnaissance for the submarines. But the Japanese had hoped to use the aircraft to drop incendiary bombs in the Pacific Northwest to start massive fires, but failed due to dropping them during the rainy season.

    Covered in the book is the development of the aircraft, use on board the subs and even excellent markings and camouflage are featured, along with excellent 1/48th scale drawings and numerous photographs . Along with photographs of the only known existing example of a Glen, sadly in the wreck of the sunken Akibasan Maru.

    For the WW2 Japanese Aviation enthusiast , WW2 Aviation fan or lover of rarely discussed 'Odd Ducks' of aviation, this book is worth a placement in your library.

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  • Scalemodellingnow.com • 2014-03-04

    Review by Geoff Coughlin (April 2013)

    The Japanese were the only nation in WW2 to use submarine-borne reconnaissance aircraft in any numbers and this book tells the story of the most important of these aircraft; the aircraft was nicknamed “Kingyo” (goldfish) by its pilots. One E14Y Glen, launched from a submarine, was the only enemy aircraft to ever drop bombs on the US mainland – in two sorties over the Oregon forests. These attacks were in retaliation for the “Doolittle” raid against Tokyo and other Japanese cities carried out by B-25 Mitchell bombers. The Glen featured in many Japanese submarine operations throughout the war, including the first transport missions to Germany, here described in detail. In addition to full technical details of the E14Y, the book describes and illustrates earlier submarine-borne aircraft, and the submarines that carried them.

    Useful for scale modellers…

    This book is profusely illustrated with photos, plans, maps and colour profiles and even has colour photos of the sole remnants of the E14Y still submerged in the wreck of the Akibasan Maru off Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.

    The quality of the profiles is extremely high and the line drawings provide additional detail very helpful to the modeller. Also beneficial are the period photos showing the airframe in close up towards the end of the book. I like this title a lot, it is well written and provides excellent insight into the role of an important WWII Japanese aircraft.

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  • J-aircraft.com • 2014-03-04

    BOOK REVIEW by Jim Long

    Kugisho E14Y Glen: The Aircraft That Bombed America


    Ryusuke Ishiguro and Tadeusz Januszewski.

    Greetings Members,

    Jim Lansdale has already given you the advance look at this new book by Ryusuke Ishiguro and Tadeusz Januszewski. At http://www.j-aircraft.org/smf/index.php?topic=13142. And Ryusuke has also posted a notice at

    It remains for me to give you some details, but I must urge you to acquire your copy of this superb volume as soon as you can. Make it a holiday present to yourself. You will not go wrong by purchasing this great book. If you are at all interested in the history of World War II and the parts Japanese aircraft played in the great Pacific War, you’ll revel in the depth and detail this book has to offer.

    But don’t take my word for it. I’m giving you a chance to delve into the details of the coverage Ryusuke, Tadeusz, and their expert illustrator, Zygmunt Szeremeta, have included in this outstanding offering. If you have the previous book by this writing-and-illustrating team, entitled “Japanese Special Attack Aircraft & Flying Bombs,” and thought it was an indispensable addition to your aviation library, and you were extremely glad you bought it because it was about Japanese aircraft in easy-to-read English, you’ll want this new book.

    Let me begin by giving you some details about the publication. The book is 128 pages long, as Jim Lansdale reported, a count which includes the front and back matter. The book measures 21 centimeters by 29.7 centimeters. The single-piece front and back card covers encase thick high-quality page stock. The spine is glued. All pages, except page one, have about 7 centimeters of graduated blue-gray shading margins at the top. This feature doesn’t interfere with reading the text, but does slightly encroach upon six of the three-view drawings of aircraft. Still, this coloration shouldn’t be a hindrance to anyone, except perhaps to someone trying to copy these three-view drawings as black-and-white documents on a copy machine. None of the fine artwork is affected by the page coloration.

    The table of contents and page numbers are as follows:

    Introduction 3

    First experiments with submarine-borne seaplanes 4

    Japanese submarine aircraft carrier experiments 6

    Submarine-installed aviation equipment 10

    Japanese reconnaissance seaplanes on submarines 11

    Yokosho 1-Go 11

    Yokosho 2-Go (E6Y1) 14

    Watanabe E9W1 (Slim) 20

    Kugisho E14Y reconnaissance seaplane 28

    12-Shi Sen-tei specification for a submarine-based reconnaissance aircraft 28

    Work on the Otsu-3 project at the Kugisho arsenal 28

    Competitive Watanabe E14W1 seaplane 29

    The first E14Y1 prototypes, flying trials and problems connected with these 29

    Series production 35

    The Watanabe Tekkosho company 41

    E14Y2 development version 47

    E14Y successors 47

    Operations 50

    Epilogue 78

    Markings on submarine-based seaplanes 80

    Camouflage and markings of seaplanes E14Y1 80

    Kugisho E14Y1 Model 11 reconnaissance seaplane technical description 95

    Submarines equipped with reconnaissance seaplane 114

    The E14Y “Glen” wrecks of the Akibasan Maru 119

    Bibliography 128

    The short introduction features a painting of silver, black and red profile of a production E14Y1, believed to have been the 34th machine built. The drawing lies partly over a photo reproduction of the same plane. The text continues by discussing the early experiments with submarine-borne aircraft, namely the Brandenburg W20 and the Caspar-Heinkel U-1 seaplane. The explanation continues into the specifics of Japanese experiments with aircraft carrier submarines and is accompanied by three photos of the U-1 seaplane, one of which shows the plane during tests conducted by the U.S. Navy.

    The details of the aviation equipment on Japanese submarines are covered, mainly by a table of specifications of deck catapults and by five paragraphs of text. After that the book goes into a meaty section which covers the various Japanese aircraft designed for use on submarines. This section runs from page 11 through 27, where you will find the following material.

    Four paragraphs of text on the Yokosho 1-Go aircraft, illustrated with a black-and-white photo, a five-view line drawing with three fuselage cross-sections, and a two-view color painting of the plane, showing a profile and a plan view.

    The E6Y1 is explained in five paragraphs of text and a five-view line drawing of the Yokosho 2-Go prototype and five-view scale plans of the E6Y1. Also the authors have included five black-and white photos, a color profile painting of the prototype, and a color two-view painting of the E6Y1 Model 1 as carried by submarine I-5.

    One of the operationally important planes, the Watanabe E9W1 (Slim), is given the treatment in nine paragraphs of text, six B & W photos, two four-view line drawings, and a two-view painting of the E9W1 that was embarked on submarine I-6. The text concludes with a listing of operational units and a tally of production for the E9W1. Capping the coverage is a five-column table of specifications for all of the submarine-based aircraft covered up to that point.

    The development of the main subject is covered with a section running from page 28 through 49. This section includes three B & W photos, a four-view line drawing, and 1/48th scale plans showing thirteen views of the subject aircraft. Also in this section are color paintings of the first prototype, the second prototype, the third prototype, the E14Y1 Model 11 Ko-35, and an E14Y2 Model 12 in the prototype yellow and black paint job. Twenty-seven paragraphs comprise the text of this section.

    Following the development section, the all-important section on operations begins. The contents page just lists this section by the title and does not reveal any subheadings. I think this is a section that will interest most readers, therefore I will list the material that is gathered under this title.

    Beginning on page 50, the subheadings are:

    The hangar for E14Y1

    E14Y1 seaplane take-off and recovery procedures

    Return to the submarine and recovery

    Strategy of operations

    Reconnaissance flights over:

    a. The Southern Pacific

    b. Sydney harbour on 17th February 1942

    c. Melboure and Port Philip harbour 26th February 1942

    d. Hobart and Tasmania on 1st March 1942

    e. Sydney on 23rd May 1942

    f. Indian Ocean

    Exchange of Fa330 for E14Y1

    E14Y1 in Penang

    Seaplanes in the North

    Bombardment of US territory

    True flight route during first Fujita’s bombing raid

    Transport to Germany

    The section on operations is illustrated with 21 B & W photos, eight profile paintings, and two maps. The text consists of 101 paragraphs, including a two-paragraph epilogue at the end of the section.

    Pages 81 through 94 cover camouflage and markings. This portion has 18 paragraphs of text, 13 color painting of aircraft in various views.

    Nearing the end of the book, a technical description of the E14Y1 is offered. A nice surprise is the color phantom-view drawing of the E14Y1’s cockpit area by Giuseppe “Joe” Picarella, with a numbered key. Also, the description features 20 B & W photos, and 13 technical drawing from a surviving instruction manual.

    A five-page section covering the Japanese submarines that carried aircraft wraps up the main coverage. It has drawings of some of the submarines and ten specification tables.

    At the end of the book is the final section of ten paragraphs, which were written by Dan Farnham about his dives on the Akibasan Maru at Kwajalein atoll. Dan explains how he came to know that the ship carried the remains of two E14Y1 aircraft, how he dived on the wreck, and how he recorded his discovery in 30 color photos of the wreckage of the E14Y1s entombed in the ship.

    So ends this book review. In the interest of full disclosure, I must report that the publisher of Kugisho E14Y Glen: The Aircraft That Bombed America has sent complimentary copies for review to Jim Lansdale of j-aircraft.com and to me, Jim Long , member of the staff of j-aircraft.com.

    --Jim Long

  • ModelingMadness.com • 2014-03-04

    Reviewer: Scott Van Aken

    In many nations prior to WWII, there was a fascination with submarine-borne aircraft. The requirements for such an aircraft were many in that it had to be small, yet have decent range. It had to be easily assembled and disassembled for it was not possible to carry it ready-to-fly. These limitations made it technically challenging to design such an aircraft, yet the benefit of having it for reconnaissance was quite tantalizing.

    Only the Japanese were able to properly implement the idea. This had as much to do with the penchant for building large submarines as anything. These boats had the displacement to accommodate the water-tight hangars needed to stow these aircraft and carry the specialized crews needed to fly and maintain/repair the plane. Large though these submarines might have been, they were also noisy and slow to maneuver, submerge and surface, traits that later in the war led to many of their losses.

    In this latest book by Mushroom Model Publications, we look at what was probably the most successful of the Japanese submarine-borne aircraft the E14Y Glen. The book starts out by providing us a history of the concept, which dates back to WWI. This includes attempts by the Germans to use a submarine to carry a small plane to attack British targets. Post war, Ernst Heinkel developed a plane for the US Navy that was tested, but never put into use. It was the Japanese who had the greatest interest in the type and went the extra steps to develop boats to carry the planes and aircraft to fit.

    The development of submarine-borne aircraft is fully covered and very well researched. The E14Y was not the first plane to be used for this purpose as the Watanabe E9W1 'Slim' was the first successful plane. This sturdy biplane was used to develop equipment and tactics that were used during the war. The Glen was the next, updated version that had many improvements over the Slim, including being a monoplane, thus easier to erect for flight. The full development of the E9 and E14 are covered, including scale plans and many large and superbly drawn color four views.

    There is a full operational diary of all known combat operations using the E14Y, most of them taking place in the first year of the war. This includes the bombing of the US, which is covered in considerable detail. While most know that these bombs fell harmlessly into the forests, the fact is that this was the plan. It was felt that using incendiary bombs would start raging forest fires that would decimate thousands of acres and inflict much damage. Unfortunately, the Japanese picked a rather wet time of the year to do this, so while the missions went on without a hitch, the expected results did not happen.

    Other books in this series have a large section on detail for the aircraft. Thanks to there not being any museum aircraft, this is done by period photos as well as images from blueprints and maintenance manuals. The only extant aircraft are two that are in the hold of a sunken freighter at Kwajelein. This book provides several pages of images of these aircraft taken by the author. I seriously doubt if these remains will be salvaged as 70 years underwater has left little aside from the framework.

    MMP has a deserved reputation for providing superbly researched and usable books that are a delight for both the enthusiast and modeler. This one has raised that bar another notch in terms of the amount of research done and the sheer wealth of information that has been provided on what is to many, a pretty obscure, yet historically important aircraft. It is an absolute must have for any modeler and a book that gets my highest recommendation.

    December 2012

  • Cybermodeler.com • 2014-03-04

    By David L Veres


    Writing 5 Stars

    Images 5 Stars

    Profiles 5 Stars

    Drawings 5 Stars

    Clarity 5 Stars

    Binding 5 Stars

    Overall Rating 5 Stars

    Date of Review December 2012


    Japan's compact, submarine-launched Kugisho E14Y "Glen" forged a place in history as the only Axis aircraft to bomb the United States mainland during World War II.

    Now MMP's marvelous new monograph tells that spellbinding story – and much more – in 128 lavishly illustrated pages.

    Coverage naturally begins with Imperial Japanese Navy efforts to develop aircraft-capable "submarine cruisers" – chiefly so-called Itto Sensuikan "I Class" vessels. Text next turns to submarine-borne IJN reconnaissance seaplane designs – and thence to the E14Y itself.

    Operational history follows. And that's where this illuminating effort really glows. Authors recap submarine I-25's gripping 1942 reconnaissance mission around Australia and New Zealand, German-Japanese naval cooperation in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita's bombardment of US territory, transporting technologies between Axis allies, international E14Y use, and more.

    MMP's absorbing account unearths dozens of intriguing nuggets – including Japanese-marked Arado Ar 196s defending German U-boats at Penang, Malaysia, and candid IJN assessments of its submarine equipment inferiority.

    Zygmunt Szeremeta's outstanding color profiles superbly spice this sumptuous study. Photos, drawings, charts and bibliography ably augment text. And an absorbing addendum on Glen wrecks aboard the sunken Akibasan Maru off Kwajalein Atoll completes coverage.

    Treat yourself to tons of fascinating fun – and get this rousing read. Then pray for new E14Y kits to succeed MPM's and WINGS' ancient offerings!

    Robustly recommended.

  • indy-amps.weebly.com • 2014-03-04

    This new book was sent to me, packaged with another new book directly from Stratus. The two books were heavily wrapped in cardboard to protect them and arrived in pristine condition.

    The Japanese were the only nation in WW2 to use submarine-borne aircraft in any numbers. This book tells the story of the most important of these aircraft.

    One “Glen”, launched from a submarine, was the only enemy aircraft to ever drop bombs on the US mainland – in two sorties over the Oregon forests. The Glen featured in many Japanese submarine operations throughout the war, including the first transport missions to Germany here described in detail.

    In addition to full technical details of the E14Y Glen, the book describes and illustrates earlier submarine-borne aircraft, and the submarines which carried them.

    Profusely illustrated with 44 black and white wartime photos, 6 1/72nd scale line drawings as 5-views, one each 1/48th 4-view, a 3-view and a 6-view line drawings. There are 2 maps, 14 data lists giving info about the aircraft and the submarines that carried them. There are 21 full color profiles. Five of these are 2-views, 3 of them are 2-views and one is a 4-view. One of the 3-views is of the Glen that bombed Oregon. One of the profiles is of a Glen in Indonesian Air Force markings. The color profiles are a mix of 1/48th and 1/32nd scales, There is a color profile included of a German Fa-330 Bachshelz reconnaissance gyro glider (no scale indicated) and the Japanese sub I-25 that launched the raid on Oregon (no scale for this one either).

    There are 31 photos and drawings from tech manuals and a color drawing of a Japanese bomb.

    Included also are line drawings of the submarines I-5, I-6, I-7 and I-9 to no particular scale. One of the black and white photos is of the pilot that flew the Glen on the Oregon raid: Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita.

    Two scuba divers: Dan Farnham and William McCash dove on sunken Japanese ships in Kwaja;lein Atoll in the Pacific and photographed remnants of Glens aboard the Akibasan Maru in full color. There are 30 of these photos.

    The last page of the book is the bibliography.

    This book will prove to be essential reading for aircraft historians, modelers and enthusiasts.

  • Aerospace & Defence News website • 2014-03-04

    Posted on December 22, 2012 by newdesk

    The authors have provided a beautifully illustrated account of the Japanese Navy’s experiments with aircraft-carrying submarines and the only bombing attack ever to be carried out on the Continental United States.

    DESCRIPTION: The authors have provided a beautifully illustrated account of the Japanese Navy’s experiments with aircraft-carrying submarines and the only bombing attack ever to be carried out on the Continental United States.

    The publisher has produced a fine range of books on Polish subjects and for the model making and model engineering community. From early books that were primarily aimed at modellers, MMPBooks have developed a rare and very welcome form of special interest book. This latest addition to the range, in the White Series is a very good example of how an effective and well written history of an aircraft can be combined with outstanding photographs, sketches and drawings can tell a story in great detail that may be found no where else. There are full colour drawings that provide detail of markings and colour schemes. There are also very detailed line drawings accurately produced to a declared scale. Everything that a model maker would need to produce a high quality scale model of great accuracy. The photographs are outstanding and will provide what both modellers and aviation enthusiasts value highly. The text is concise but also detailed.

    Several navies experimented with a range of submarines to duplicate the typical range of surface vessels. The Royal Navy built its M Class, K Class, and X Class in very small numbers before abandoning the concept to concentrate on submarines that attacked under water with torpedoes. The M Class began as submarine battleships with a single heavy main gun. Work was then conducted to modify a gun-equipped N Class to produce a submarine to carry a small Peto reconnaissance aircraft in a watertight hanger in place of the gun room. The X Class carried two twin gun turrets similar to a light cruiser. The K Class were steam-powered on the surface and intended to sail with the surface fleet, requiring steam turbines to keep up with the surface ships. The French Navy tried a submarine that included a twin turret armed as for a heavy cruiser and carried a seaplane. The Japanese were aware of these developments, particular the RN development work which began in WWI when Japan was allied to Britain.

    All of these developments proved unsuccessful to some degree. The M2 sank with all hands when someone failed to secure the hanger doors before diving. The M1 experienced difficulties in achieving the intended firing rate, reloading submerged and then semi-surfacing to fire at a target. The K Class suffered a string of disasters and were uncomfortably hot because the boilers could be secured for diving but still contained high temperature and high pressure steam with the heat dissipating slowly. The X Class were closer to being successful, although the two twin turrets suffered a number of problems. It is therefore not surprising the Britain and France halted their development programs to concentrate on submarines that used the torpedo as the primary weapon and retained deck guns and cannon only for small low value f=targets and defence against aircraft when surfaced.

    The Japanese were not deterred by the difficulties experienced in Europe and embarked on a sustain development program to build large submarines that could operate with torpedoes, but which were equipped to carry aircraft and/or midget submarines. As submarines, the vessels were conventional but larger than those in service with Britain, Germany, or the US. During the attack on Pearl Harbour, a number of these large submarines were used as a defensive screen ready to torpedo any US warship that might pursue the Japanese carriers as they withdrew after their successful attacks on Pearl Harbour. After that date, the submarines were used on a number of reconnaissance missions to American islands and to Australia, including a flight over Sydney. Had the US not deployed increasingly effective radar, it is likely that much greater use would be made of reconnaissance floatplanes by the Japanese. When an aircraft was detected, it gave no clear indication of what vessel it had flown from or where that vessel might be located. Improving radar allowed the US Navy to identify submarines that had surfaced to fly off or recover floatplanes, or recharge batteries. That resulted in Glens flying off for an otherwise successful reconnaissance, only to find that their host submarine had been sunk and they had nowhere to land.

    Submarine I-25 launched its Glen on a reconnaissance and bombing mission to Oregon. The bombing attack was not even a pin prick because the bombs were dropped on he forested Wheeler ridge and could have gone completely unnoticed. A forest ranger had spotted a small unidentified aircraft and then noticed a trial of white smoke from a small forest fire. When the ranger reached the area he recovered some 30lb of bomb fragments that were identified as Japanese.

    The authors have devoted space to the story of the submarines as well as of the reconnaissance floatplanes that were developed into the monoplane Glen. A considerable amount of information has been packed into the pages around the exceptional illustrations. This is an excellent value book that will be much appreciated by modellers but also be a much wider readers who will appreciate the historical review that forms an important part of the book.

  • Kitmaniac.com • 2014-03-04

    Plane History:

    The E14Y seaplanes, designated by the Japanese Navy as the Type 0 Small Reconnaissance Seaplane, first took flight in 1939 and were placed in service in 1941. They were designed to be equipped aboard submarines. A number of E14Y aircraft were the only hostile aircraft to fly over New Zealand during WW2, while one of them, piloted by Nobuo Fujita, the same pilot who flew the first reconnaissance mission over New Zealand, became the only aircraft to drop bombs on continental United States during WW2. E14Y aircraft were removed from service in 1943. 126 examples were built during the design’s production life.

    The Allied codename for the E14Y aircraft was Glen. Some Japanese E14Y aircrews nicknamed the model Kin’gyo, “Goldfish”.

    The book:

    The new book release from MMP Books white series cover one of the most interesting aircraft of the WWII. We not talking about the world famous fighters, but one aircraft singular in the history. The E14Y have the legendary fact that is the single aircraft to bombing USA continental territory in the wartime.

    Reviewing the book we quickly percept the awesome quality of research, images and technical drawings turn it new book about the this few covered Japanese plane an indispensable research material both for modelers and aviation enthusiasts.

    As I said the book is part of the White Series of the MMP Books, famous by the high detailed research about the aircraft theme of every book. All book is full of images, many of this never seen before, profusely illustrated with wartime color images, museum aircraft and private walkarounds, an impressive pictorial material. The images and utilization of the original technical drawings don’t give space for doubts about the details of the aircraft. The Scale planes come on the 1/72, 1/48 with very accurate designs. One thing that call special attention is the excellent development history of the plane on the initial pages, this give us the opportunity to understand the development of the Kugisho.

    Operational history follows. And that’s where this illuminating effort really glows. Authors recap submarine I-25′s gripping 1942 reconnaissance mission around Australia and New Zealand, German-Japanese naval cooperation in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita’s bombardment of US territory, transporting technologies between Axis allies, international E14Y use, and more.

    The profiles from Zygmunt Szeremeta’s are another superb material for research. Photos, drawings, charts and bibliography ably augment text. And an absorbing addendum on Glen wrecks aboard the sunken Akibasan Maru off Kwajalein Atoll completes coverage.


    This book is a full technical history of this important but neglected Japanese plane of World War Two. I have the pleasure to say that this book keep the tradition of the MMP Books and give us an excellent research base for modelers interested to build an E14Y. Now we need a new tooled kit of this plane in 1/48 and 1/32 arrives. This book is highly recommended.

    Special thanks to MMP Books for the sample review.

    Vini Pompeo – Historian and Modeller

  • Amazon.co.uk customer review (1) • 2014-03-04

    Customer Reviews

    5.0 out of 5 stars Typical MMP/Stratus book

    7 Jan 2013 By Jenny Semmens

    This little book on "the only Japanese plane to bomb Continental USA", and one of the few to be successfully carried by submarine, did justice to a very obscure aircraft. The recent photos of disassembled Glens in a sunken freighter were the icing on the cake.

  • arawasi-wildeagles.blogspot.com • 2014-03-04

    Mushroom Model Publications, 2012 Recently I received a package from old friend Weldon Dunlap with a great Christmas gift – Mushroom Model Publication’s new book, “Kugisho E14Y Glen” subtitled ‘The aircraft that bombed America.’ Considering the rarity of material previously available on the type, the book is quite remarkable, and reflects care and excellence in every aspect of its presentation. It’s hard to imagine any book on the “Kingyo” (Goldfish) surpassing this one any time soon, if ever. Part of this is probably due to the “team” nature of the contributors. It is written by Ryusuke Ishiguro and Tadeusz Januszewski and illustrated by Zygmunt Szeremeta, and the book closes with a special section by Dan Farnham featuring color photos of his dive at Kwajalein Atoll on the only known remains of this aircraft type, still on Akibasan Maru. Giuseppe Picarella, whose technical drawings graced Robert Mikesh’s book “Japanese Aircraft Interiors,” contributes a full-page color cutaway of the forward fuselage and cockpit sections. These should all be familiar names to those interested in Japanese aircraft that collect books and visit websites, and everyone is at the top of their game here. And the list should not omit MMP’s Editor-in-Chief Roger Wallsgrove. Most publishers are reticent to take a chance when it comes to exotic subjects, but MMP’s strength is to encourage authors to give us something new.

    Dan Farnham made 26 dives to 160 feet to present in order to present those thirty colorful yet eerie images that close the book. Each of us salutes you from our armchairs, Dan! And in a way these dives are probably a metaphor for the task of research accomplished by Ryusuke and Tadeusz in presenting the story of a very obscure airplane in such admirable detail. As a teenager I remember a caption in (I think) Green and Swanborough’s “Floatplanes” of a very grainy in-flight image – “the only known photo” of an E14Y, which appears on p. 31 in this book. Forty years later much has changed for the historian and modeler with a book like this. Don’t misunderstand; any clear photos of the type remain ultra-rare. Looking through the longest section of the book that narrates the type’s operational use by Japan, I only count eight photos that could be considered “close-ups” of any clarity to show specific details.

    But this challenge was surmounted. For the key to the book is the uncovering of a treasure trove of what appear to be factory archive photos and drawings clearly showing cockpit details, internal structure, cowling and engine mount details, method of folding the tail surfaces for submarine hangar stowage, etc. We’re used to seeing such meticulous and clear photographic records for Douglas, Grumman, and Boeing aircraft, as these were preserved by the manufacturers rather than destroyed. But we hardly ever see them for Japanese types unless they were for a type captured by Russian forces and exhaustively photographed. Whatever the reason that these images of an obscure Japanese submarine-launched floatplane might have survived, they were probably of great help to Zygmunt Szeremeta as illustrator, and undoubtedly essential in making Mr. Picarella’s beautiful drawing possible.

    The artwork is truly beautiful, as you’d expect if you’ve seen any of Mr. Szeremeta’s work in Arawasi International magazine and previous MMP / Mushroom books, and like the text also encompasses the airplane’s immediate predecessors, particularly the E9W1 “Slim,” an aircraft which has not received similar coverage in English anywhere else. There is a full set of 1/48 line drawings also that are the first that I can remember seeing of “Glen,” rendered by Januszewski and Dariusz Karnas. There’s a fascinating account of a Japanese sub run to Brest / Lorient for technical exchange with the German government and submarine forces, and I didn’t realize that “several E4Y1s were used by the Germans in their submarine base on Sumatra.” Along the same lines, there’s also a photo and painting of an Arado 196 (with 50 kg bombs mounted) of the “East Asia Navy Special Service Air Command (Penang)” supporting U-boats in Penang, complete with hinomarus. Now there’s a different look for your 1/32 Revell kit; and how many of you knew there was a Kriegsmarine base in Penang? I could go on, but you would be better served by getting your own copy of this one. Congratulations and thanks to the individuals who brought us this book.

    Review by: Mark Smith

  • Amazon.jp customer review (1) • 2014-03-04

    1 人中、1人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。 5つ星のうち 5.0 歴史上米本土を空襲した唯一の機体の優れたモノグラフ 2013/1/10

    By HB VINE™ メンバー Amazon.co.jpで購入済み

     本書の著者の一人Tadeusz Januszewski氏は以前Japanese Submarine Aircraftで日本潜水艦搭載航空機について紹介してくれましたが、今回はそれを零式小型水偵(以降E14Yと表現します)に絞ってのモノグラフになりました。












    例えば41頁E14Yを実際に生産した渡辺鉄工所(後の九州飛行機)の沿革でQ1W1東海の製造年が1944年の処1941年(前後関係で容易に間違いがわかります)、また50頁の文章3行目not known {because there is known} because・・の文の{}の部分は重複したようで、この会社の出版物には数行の文章が重複する例が結構ありましたが、最近では珍しいミスです。

     この他にも人物や艦艇名の日本側固有名詞にも誤りが有るように思う箇所もあります。例えば76頁に Vice-admiral Zenshirou Hoshimaとありますが保科善四郎中将のことを間違っているんでは、折角共著者に日本人がいるので、その辺の調整はして頂きたかったです。


  • Amazon.it customer review (1) • 2014-03-04

    5.0 su 5 stelle idrovolante giapponese

    6 gennaio 2013 Di Piero

    Il libro da me acquistato è attualmente il primo che tratta questo aereo

    La trattazione è esauriente ed anche i disegni a colori.Avrei preferito che ci fossero state anche le sezioni della fusoliera e delle ali.Avrei preferito inoltre vedere molte altre immagini di particolari e disegni del manuale originale.

    Anche il costo è buono

    Si dovrebbero realizzare altre monografie di aerei poco conosciuti della Seconda Guerra Mondiale!

  • IPMSUSA.org • 2014-03-04

    Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328

    This book looks at the only enemy aircraft actually to drop bombs on the continental United States, the Kugisho E14Y “Glen”. We are given the history of its development and its technical details, as well as the details of the two bombing missions over the Oregon coast and other operations across the Pacific. It should be noted that the Japanese were the only nation to use submarine-based aircraft in any quantity.

    This book begins with a discussion of the first Japanese experiments with submarine-based aircraft, as well as the aircraft preceding the E14Y in service. A nice overview of the E14Y follows, with discussions of its operations for the IJN. One thing of interest is the joint operations of both Japanese and German submarines from the base at Penang (part of modern Malaysia). It even appears that there was a possible exchange between the Axis powers with an E14Y being traded for an Arado Ar-196.

    I found the coverage of the mission to bomb Oregon forests to be of great interest, as this is a bit of WWII history that is not well known. Seen by the Japanese as retaliation for the Doolittle raid, the two missions by the E14Y off submarine I-25 caused very little damage – nor did they prove to be a big propaganda boost except in Japan. The special incendiary bombs started one small fire that burned out quickly, leaving a burned area of about 20 yards in diameter. The second mission bombs apparently never exploded as there were no fires reported and the bombs were never found.

    As with all MMP books, one of the best parts is the color aircraft profiles and this volume does not disappoint. There are many to choose from, including that of warrant Officer Nobou Fujita, the only enemy pilot to drop bombs on the continental US! These profiles are all beautiful illustrations! Also included are many rare photos and even rarer interior photos.

    The book concludes with color photos of the only surviving remains of the E14Y in the world. These two airframes are resting in the hold of the Akibasan Maru under about 160 feet of water at Kwajalein Atoll, taken by diver Dan Farnham.

    I really liked this book! It is one that provides a lot of information for the aviation and WWII historian, as well as the modeler. If you have a 1/72 kit or are fortunate enough to have one of the super-rare 1/48 Raccoon resin kits of the Glen, you will definitely want this book. One can only hope that a 1/48 Glen will make an appearance from Special Hobby or another manufacturer that will take a chance. I heartily recommend this one to all!

  • Aviation of Japan - blog • 2014-03-04

    Last September this new book on the Kugisho E14Y Glen submarine-borne seaplane was announced and it is now a great pleasure to report that it is available and excellent. The previous work by authors Ryusuke Ishiguro and Tadeusz Januszewski hinted at what might be expected in terms of quality but there is far more here than the title suggests. The large format, softcover book has 128 pages printed on good quality paper and is packed with information and inspiration.

    The table of contents demonstrates just how comprehensive the coverage is, especially in tracing the fascinating development history of IJN submarine-borne seaplanes and extending well beyond the subject aircraft:-


    First experiments with submarine-borne seaplanes

    Japanese submarine aircraft carrier experiments

    Submarine-installed aviation equipment

    Japanese reconnaissance seaplanes on submarines

    Yokosho 1-Go

    Yokosho 2-Go (E6Y1)

    Watanabe E9W1 (Slim)

    Kugisho E14Y reconnaissance seaplane 12-Shi Sen-tei specification for a submarine-based reconnaissance aircraft

    Work on the Otsu-3 project at the Kugisho arsenal

    Competitive Watanabe E14W1 seaplane

    The first E14Y prototypes, flying trials and problems connected with these

    Series production

    The Watanabe Tekkosho company

    E14Y2 development version

    E14Y successors



    Markings on submarine-based seaplanes

    Camouflage and markings of seaplanes E14Y1

    Kugisho E14Y1 Model 11 reconnaissance seaplane technical description

    Submarines equipped with reconnaissance seaplanes The E14Y1 "Glen" wrecks of the Akibasan Maru


    Colour profiles by the very accomplished Zygmunt Szeremeta (no less than 25 side views, 11 top and bottom views, one three-quarter illustration and a submarine!) and plans to 1/48th or 1/72nd scales are provided both for Glen and the other seaplane types covered in the book, together with an excellent selection of rare photographs (reproduced to a useful size), maps, plans, diagrams, official drawings and tables. There is also a superb full-page colour cockpit cutaway by Giuseppe Picarella which will be of immense value to super detailers. Of special note is the photograph and colour profile of the Arado Ar 196 in IJN markings, the "stealth" scheme of the US attacker, together with an example of Glen in Indonesian markings. The final section is a collection of poignant colour photographs of the underwater resting place of Glens that never got delivered. There is just so much to inspire and enjoy here. But perhaps best of all for the many IJN seaplane enthusiasts who have to struggle with impenetrable references, the text is all in English!

    I have always held Glen to be a charismatic little chap with his crenellated cowling, big tail and sea boots, much overlooked considering his unique operations and exploits far and wide. If I were to imagine an ideal, dream book on the subject then this would surely be it. Indeed it is so inspiring that whilst for me, a predominantly 1/72nd scale modeller, there is no shortage of raw material upon which to base projects, the absence of 1/48th or even 1/32nd scale kits is a great pity. The diminutive but pugnacious submarine-borne warrior cries out for kits in those scales - think of the diorama possibilities.

    I understand from the author that there are no plans to release a Japanese language edition of the book. That is very much to the loss of Japanese enthusiasts and modellers. A great book, a delight to own and read, and very highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the subject of IJN seaplanes, submarines and their operations. The book is available direct from MMP or specialist aviation book shops.

    Without giving anything away, I also understand that we can look forward to a future project from this duo of authors on another fascinating Japanese aviation subject.

    With thanks, appreciation and congratulations to Ryusuke, Tadeusz and Zygmunt.

  • SAMI 02/2013 • 2014-03-04
  • Amazon.com custoner review (1st) • 2014-03-04

    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on a rare aircraft type

    February 21, 2013 By Jim Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER

    This is the 16th (No. 9116) book in MMP's "White Series". It is uniform with others in the series, being an 8-1/4" x 11-3/4", square bound card cover. There are 128 pages. There is color throughout even if one ignores the colorized front cover photo.

    The book has been in the works for sometime judging by how long it has been listed as "Forthcoming" on MMP's website. The book incorporates much of what was included in a previous MMP book "Japanese Submarine Aircraft" and that book's author is listed as a co-author on the present book. However, there is still plenty of new material in the present book so prospective buyers should not be scared off if they own the previous book. "Japanese Submarine Aircraft" has commanded high prices on the used book sites and the present book might cut into the demand. Roughly half of the previous book was devoted to the Aichi M6A1 so it is still a worthwhile buy if it can be found for a reasonable price.

    The present book is quite informative. The origins of submarine borne aircraft in the First World War are briefly examined before plunging into the background of such aircraft in the Imperial Japanese Navy. The IJN persisted with such aircraft long after other navies abandoned the concept and the strategic reasons for this are explained. All the predecessors of the E14Y (and its E14W competitor) are covered. There is a detailed service history with the two bombings of Oregon forests minutely described. The graphical content is impressive also. There are line drawings and color profiles and plans galore. There is also a very well done color cutaway drawing. There are some excellent close up photos of the aircraft supported by technical manual drawings. The book ends with an interesting section with color photos of the airframes that were sunk with a cargo ship off the Kwajalein Atoll during the war.

    The weakest part of the book is the low quality of some of the in service photographs. No doubt the authors had nothing better to offer and one feels that there might not be many photos of the aircraft yet to be uncovered.

    Highly recommended.

  • IPMS UK Magazine 06/2013 • 2014-03-04
  • Aerostories.org • 2014-03-04

    Without a doubt that what we can call a good surprise, the Japanese air force is not, generally speaking, the favorite aviation of many aviation enthusiasts mainly because Japan remains obscure in many ways, especially if you are writing something far from the legendary Zero. So what about a book on a seaplane built in small numbers !

    This book is not only about the Kugisho E14Y, but also the whole story of these small submarine-borne seaplanes in Japan. Nearly half of the book is dedicated to this development and this part is interesting in many ways because many forgotten seaplanes are described. This part is followed with twenty pages detailing the operations of this seaplane including of course the episode of the bombing of the American soil. The last pages 50 pages or so are reserved to the technical side without forgetting the modeler aspect with camouflage and markings carried by this aircraft.

    Even if this theme is marginal, there are plenty of information of all kind including photos and ignoring this book would be a mistake.

    Phil H. Listemann

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