Skip to comments.Midway: Second World War II-era Japanese carrier apparently found in Pacific (Akagi or Soryu)
Posted on 10/20/2019 9:39:51 PM PDT by Signalman
Deep-sea explorers and historians on Sunday announced they apparently found a second World War II-era Japanese aircraft carrier that sank during the Battle of Midway.
A review of sonar data captured Sunday showed either the Japanese carrier Akagi or the Soryu resting in nearly 18,000 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean more than 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said.
The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first set of readings on Sunday morning.
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Interesting. It was only a couple hundred miles away from Midway when it sank.
The Japanese had launched at least airstrike against the airfield there, iirc.
Soryu, Hiryu, Kaga, and Akagi are all there somewhere. It maybe why we are here and who we are. We, the US have one there too. A tough time for pilots and sailors from both sides. Freedom aint free. RIP
The book “Broken Sword” was long and a bit tedious, but great history on the battle.
This is the “Research Vessel Petrel, Commissioned by philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The Petrel seeks to locate and investigate historically significant shipwrecks and underwater ecosystems.”
They have done brilliant work finding WW2 ships and subs. If you have an Instagram account, the Petral can be followed.
Thanks Ive read several. One was a Dawn Like Thunder. The whole event was so wide ranging. Ive read Neptunes Inferno , Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors, With The Old Breed, and on and on. What Ive came away with is a lot of respect for our countrymen who served all these years. I paid no attention when I was in. Now I look at where we came from and its amazing. The USA has been here just a little over 200 years, but our patriots blood has spilled over a lot of this planet. Freedom Aint Free is a fact.
The Battle of Midway 1942: Told from the Japanese Perspective
Highest rated comment on this: When a low-budget diy-documentary beats every million $ history channel docu-soap in every aspect. Just “wow”!
thank God many are resting safely in heaven and not witnessing what's going on now....
They now confirm it is the IJN Akagi.
Bookmark for later.
THAT is some deep water. Wow....
Will watch later.
It was a bit more than an airstrike. The Japanese planned to overrun the atoll in order to deny the US major sea operations west of there. The US learned of the attack after breaking the Japanese naval code, and prepared the ambush to prevent a Japanese victory.
The US Navy sunk all four Japanese carriers involved in the operation, at the cost of just one US carrier. The loss of the carriers, and more importantly, the aircraft and pilots, denied the Japanese of any chance to significantly rebuild their carrier air power. This was a major turning point in the War in the pacific.
“... 18,000 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean ...”
Damn... I guess only ROV submersibles can down to that depth... and then again, maybe not. That’s crushing pressure.
I guess that is the definition of “the abyss”...
Where is part 2?
Good work on the producer of that documentary..
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