The E14Y was conceived in the late 1930’s to replace the E9W biplane as a reconnaissance seaplane for the Imperial Japanese Navy incredible submarine aircraft carriers. Destined to be built in larger number than any other submarine-borne aircraft (126 in total) , this tiny mixed-construction monoplane undertook recon missions over Aleutians, Madagascar and the Australian and New Zealand coastlines. The North American coastline was not only observed. On 9 September 1942, an E14Y became the only Japanese manned aircraft type to ever drop bombs on the United States mainland during WW2 in the so-called “The Lookout Air Raid”. Launched from the B1-type class submarine I-25 off the coast off Oregon, the one only E14Y was send to initiate some fires with its small incendiary bombs. It was a puny effort that caused no casualties and almost no damage. The attack was repeated a month later with similar results.
This magnificent artwork depict that event. The cylindrical sealed container before the sub tower is clearly depicted near the recovery crane. The whole operation presented a number of difficulties and serious perils, specially during recovery, demanding a highly proficient personnel.