Haunted wreckage of ‘lost’ US WW2 submarine ‘not seen in 80 years’ as tragic end revealed ‘with 85 dead’
THE long-lost wreck of a tragic submarine that sank in World War II has finally been discovered.
The wreck of the USS Albacore was found by researchers just off the coast of Japan.
It sank in 1944, tragically killing all 85 crew on board.
The US submarine was considered one of the most successful in World War II.
Unfortunately, it hit a mine and sank on November 7, 1944.
Its wreck was discovered by a team of Japanese explorers near the island of Hokkaido.
Professor Tamaki Ura, the director of the La Plongée Deep Sea Engineering Societyspoke with live science about the motivation behind his team’s search.
He reportedly said the researchers wanted to find the submarine because of the numerous fatalities.
The search for the wreck began in 2019.
The USA Naval History and Heritage Command released a statement about the find.
It said: “The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) on February 16 confirmed the identity of a wreck site off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, as the USS Albacore (SS 218).
“The NHHC’s Department of Underwater Archeology (UAB) used information and images provided by Dr. Tamaki Ura of Tokyo University to confirm the identity of Albacore, who was lost at sea on November 7, 1944.”
NHHC Director Samuel J. Cox added, “As the final resting place for Sailors who gave their lives in defense of our nation, we thank and congratulate Dr. Ura and his team sincerely for their efforts in locating the Albacore wreck.”
The depth of the wreck means human divers will have trouble getting there and observing.
However, underwater technicians were able to confirm the wreck up close.
This included sonar and a remote-controlled underwater vehicle that could take photos of the ship.
The researchers hope their find will provide closure for the families of the deceased.
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/7531589/wreck-lost-submarine-found-tragic-death-ww2-uss-albacore/ Haunted wreckage of ‘lost’ US WW2 submarine ‘not seen in 80 years’ as tragic end revealed ‘with 85 dead’