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The Quest for Truth
Mystery of the K17 Submarine”
Christopher Creighton made one of the most sensational
claims. He suggests that the K 17 knew of the Japanese
fleet going to attack Pearl Harbour but Churchill had
suppressed the information to ensure that a successful
Japanese attack would force America's entry into the
war. To hush up this traitorous act, the submarine and
its crew were eliminated.
There were varying views of how the submarine was lost.
At first Dutch Navy thought that they had blunder into
their own allied mines but later Japanese sources revealed
that they had laid a string of mines unknown to the
Allies and the K 17 had stumbled into it. H.C. Besancon,
Jr., the son of the lost boat’s commander and
himself a retired officer of the Royal Netherlands navy,
carried out the wreck expedition. He solved the mystery
of how the submarine went down.