I was amazed at the aircraft condition. The Wildcat even had the very clear squadron marking. Looked like there was fabric still intact on what appears to be the TBD rudder under the fuselage. How can that be possible?
Another one was found in 2011 and was to be raised. But not sure if it has been yet?
They've found a few wrecks recently "Allen-led expeditions have also resulted in the discovery of the USS Indianapolis (August 2017), USS Ward (November 2017), USS Astoria (February 2015), Japanese battleship Musashi (March 2015) and the Italian WWII destroyer Artigliere (March 2017). His team was also responsible for retrieving the ship's bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service. "
I saw a mention somewhere that they wouldn't disturb the ship as it is considered a war grave, but presumably that wouldn't extend to the aircraft too? In any case its exciting to think that there are still WWII relics out there in such seemingly good condition as this.
I believe the site will be fully treated as a war grave. Despite the aircraft been some distance from the main wreckage (which is quite spread out) they form part of the site and perhaps should be preserved. I did think a TBD was raised from Lake Michigan serveral years ago.
Post by angelsonefive on Mar 7, 2018 23:08:09 GMT 12
Interesting to see the Felix the Cat badge painted on the Wildcat. This was the emblem of Fighting Three ( Squadron VF-3 ). However, VF-3 was not involved in the Coral Sea battle. The Lexington's 21 F4F-3s were operated by VF-2 and the 17 on board the other US carrier there, Yorktown, were being flown by VF-42.
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 8, 2018 0:36:16 GMT 12
I saw an explanation for that on Facebook, posted by a historian from the US Navy's museum. Apparently some VF-3 aircraft were transferred to the Lexington and taken over by VF-2 sometime before the battle, but were, obviously, not yet repainted into VF-2's markings before the battle commenced.
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 20, 2018 9:17:03 GMT 12
Paul Allen's search ship, the RV Petrel, has just located the remains of the USS Juneau, the vessel sunk with the five Sullivan brothers onboard, who all died in the sinking. That event brought in new rules about splitting up families and was the inspiration for Saving Private Ryan.