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One of the mightiest of WW2 battleships discovered 70 years after it was sunk

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Musashi and its sister vessel, Yamato, were two of the largest battleships ever built. US warplanes sank the Musashi on 24 Oct 1944 at the Battle of Leyte Gulf Musashi and its sister vessel, Yamato, were two of the largest battleships ever built. US warplanes sank the Musashi on 24 Oct 1944 at the Battle of Leyte Gulf
After the final attack ended in mid-afternoon, the vessel was hit by 20 torpedoes, and 17 bombs. There were 18 near-misses. After the final attack ended in mid-afternoon, the vessel was hit by 20 torpedoes, and 17 bombs. There were 18 near-misses.
The Musashi was found in the middle of the Philippine archipelago using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) after a thorough survey of the seabed. The Musashi was found in the middle of the Philippine archipelago using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) after a thorough survey of the seabed.

American billionaire Paul Allen has announced the discovery of the famous World War Two Japanese battleship, the Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk by US forces. Mr, Allen said the vessel was found by his private exploration team. It was at a depth of more than 1km on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines.

 The Musashi and its sister vessel, the Yamato, were two of the largest battleships ever built. US warplanes sank the Musashi on 24 October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, believed to be the biggest naval encounter of World War Two in which American and Australian forces defeated the Japanese.

Mr. Allen announced the discovery on his Twitter page, which also showed photos of the submerged vessel. He began his search for the Musashi eight years ago, “because since my youth I have been fascinated with Second World War history,” he was quoted by CNBC as saying.

The Musashi was found in the middle of the Philippine archipelago using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) after Mr. Allen's team had carried out a thorough survey of the seabed.

The US Navy website describes the Musashi as a “mighty battleship” that had “mammoth 18-inch guns”. Measuring 263m it remains one of the largest battleships ever made.

Its twin ship, the Yamato, was damaged in the fighting, according to the US Navy, and American warships finally sank it several months later as it tried to get to Okinawa.

The Musashi was constructed in March 1938 and sunk October 1944, she was 862ft long, carried a crew of 2.399 and sever aircraft. Armaments: Nine 18in guns with a range of more than 22 miles; Machinery: Twelve oil-fired burners and displaced 73,000 tons fully loaded

Coming under sustained US aircraft attack in her final days, the Musashi defended itself by firing its huge anti-aircraft weapons into the sea “to make huge geysers aimed at knocking down American torpedo bombers”, the WW2 Database website says.

“Running into one of these geysers would be like running into a mountain,” pilot Jack Lawton recalled.

“Without adequate air cover, however powerful Musashi was, she was helpless against multiple waves of attacking aircraft,” the website says. After the final attack ended in mid-afternoon, the vessel was hit by 20 torpedoes, and 17 bombs. There were 18 near-misses.

By early evening, the Musashi capsized and sank. More than 1,000 of its crew were killed for the loss of 18 American aircraft.

Seattle-born Mr. Allen, 62, founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, and is believed to be the 51st richest person in the world with a net worth of 17.5bn dollars according to Forbes Magazine.

The billionaire describes himself on his website as a philanthropist, investor, entrepreneur, author and space pioneer.

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  • Evil Colonialist Pirate

    Still probably in better nick than half of Argentina's navy.

    Mar 06th, 2015 - 12:37 pm 0
  • zathras

    USS Phoenix (CL-46), a Brooklyn-class light cruiser, fought at that battle, (She was also at Pearl in December '41) from wiki...

    In the battle of Leyte Gulf, Phoenix was a unit of Rear Admiral Jesse Oldendorf's group which annihilated the Japanese Southern Force in the battle of Surigao Strait. Phoenix fired four spotting salvoes, and when the fourth hit, opened up with all of her 6” (152mm) batteries. The target later proved to be Yamashiro, which sank after 27 minutes of concentrated fire from the American fleet. The Japanese also lost Fusō and three destroyers in the battle, and American planes sank Mogami the next day.

    Phoenix then patrolled the mouth of Leyte Gulf to protect Allied positions on shore. On the morning of 1 November 1944, ten enemy torpedo-bombers attacked her and accompanying ships. At 0945, Phoenix opened fire and five minutes later, Claxton was hit by a kamikaze. Almost at the same instant, hits from Phoenix '​s 5 in (130 mm) guns set another plane afire but could not prevent it from diving into the starboard bow of Ammen. At 0957, a plane making a torpedo run on Phoenix was shot down by the ship's machine-gun fire, but in a few minutes a bomber hit Killen.

    Mar 06th, 2015 - 01:00 pm 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    Stand by for twinning ceremony between survivors of the Belgrano and the Musashi .........
    Then again , the Japanese and the Chinese have a dispute over insignificant islands too , so maybe Cristina won't want to upset her Chinese masters by having a twinning ceremony with Jpanese veterans.

    Mar 06th, 2015 - 02:01 pm 0
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