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This just in yesterday evening: The wreck of USS Lexington (CV-2), sunk by damage control failure after serious damage during the Battle of Coral Sea, was found by the crew of RV Petrel. Among stuff on board there are some very well preserved TBD Devastators and F4F-3 with 4 kill marks. Sadly they are in 3 km deep water, but on the other hand that helped to preserve them in an amazingly good state.

https://www.paulallen.com/uss-lexington-wreck-located-rv-petrel/#pETAcjovhMt0f5co.01

 

 

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3km depth is good. Going to make it real hard for looters to try and break up the ship for its low-background steel.

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Yep. Accessible only with a very specialized (and thus easy to keep an eye on) equipment, plus the guys are not publishing the exact coordinates.

 

Still, would be nice to pick up one of the Devastators, though such fragile things probably would be hard to pick up.

 

 

Also reportedly there were major implosions during sinking, ripping off bow and aft, kinda like with Hood's bow, in contrast to Bismarck wreck.

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That paintwork on the aircraft is surprisingly well preserved, though I suppose it would be as the wreck hasn't been disturbed like HMS Exeter etc.

57 minutes ago, Tuccy said:

Still, would be nice to pick up one of the Devastators, though such fragile things probably would be hard to pick up.

I agree. I can't imagine that there are too many left in the world, so a TBD would make a nice museum piece. The plane is cool in itself, plus the back story of being from the Lexington is beyond cool!

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There are no Devastators int he museums. They were pretty small series of planes (130), so with 1 squadron per carrier... ~20 went down with Lexington, ~40 shot down at Midway, more lost in combat since the start of war (Yorktown and Coral Sea, all the raids that paved way to Coral Sea and Midway)... After Midway there were mere 39 Devastators left with the frontline units and while VT-4 and VT-7 continued to use them in Atlantic for some time, they were quickly relegated to training and by end of 1944 there wwere none left (last one was scrapped in November 1944). Apart from the Lexington ones found now there are 4 known wrecks, better accessible but probably in much worse state.

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I think it would be great if Wargaming could get a Paul Allen easter egg or tribute into the game at some point. He's found the Lexington, Indianapolis, Musashi and the Italian Destroyer Artigliere. It's almost like he is using the game tech tree to decide which ship to look for next!

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11 hours ago, Tuccy said:

This just in yesterday evening: The wreck of USS Lexington (CV-2), sunk by damage control failure after serious damage during the Battle of Coral Sea, was found by the crew of RV Petrel. Among stuff on board there are some very well preserved TBD Devastators and F4F-3 with 4 kill marks. Sadly they are in 3 km deep water, but on the other hand that helped to preserve them in an amazingly good state.

https://www.paulallen.com/uss-lexington-wreck-located-rv-petrel/#pETAcjovhMt0f5co.01

 

 

28424899_10160063301960174_7220984242160

28616910_10160063301965174_7551816061440

28616465_10160063302075174_8580539240028

 

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uss lexington was found too

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11 hours ago, Tuccy said:

This just in yesterday evening: The wreck of USS Lexington (CV-2), sunk by damage control failure after serious damage during the Battle of Coral Sea, was found by the crew of RV Petrel. Among stuff on board there are some very well preserved TBD Devastators and F4F-3 with 4 kill marks. Sadly they are in 3 km deep water, but on the other hand that helped to preserve them in an amazingly good state.

https://www.paulallen.com/uss-lexington-wreck-located-rv-petrel/#pETAcjovhMt0f5co.01

 

 

28424899_10160063301960174_7220984242160

28616910_10160063301965174_7551816061440

28616465_10160063302075174_8580539240028

 

:Smile_honoring:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/uss-lexington-aircraft-carrier-scuttled-in-1942-is-finally-found

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That is some interesting news!

 

In regards to picking up planes from the bottom...not sure if that is really something that should be done.

Sure, having an original in a museum would certasinly attract people but a newly build replica would possibly do the same trick and would be somewhat cheaper.

 

On a somewhat related note, what happened to the plans of raising funds to raise the Yamato? I haven't read anything about that in a long while.

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4 hours ago, Jethro_Grey said:

On a somewhat related note, what happened to the plans of raising funds to raise the Yamato? I haven't read anything about that in a long while.

Raising Yamato? That's news to me. It's hard enough to raise even a destroyer or cruiser, so one of the largest battleships in history will take Superman.

It would be like an anime storyline or something! On a serious note, wouldn't the Yamato's wreck be a war grave? I don't like the idea of disturbing the graves of those sailors.

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Raising Yamato? That's news to me. It's hard enough to raise even a destroyer or cruiser, so one of the largest battleships in history will take Superman.

It would be like an anime storyline or something! On a serious note, wouldn't the Yamato's wreck be a war grave? I don't like the idea of disturbing the graves of those sailors.

When i read the article back then (~2016-ish) i thought the same.

That's why i hope their attempt failed, the fact that it's a war grave is reason enough to leave it alone.

 

IF it were a empty wreck, well, that would be an entirely different matter as i would not only approve but also support the idea with a few bucks.

Walking through the ship would certainly be an experience, but as it stands, i rather have them leave the wreck alone...but keep an eye on it at all times.

 

Too many shameless cretaures on this world, who wouldn't waste any time starting to break the wreck apart for profit, like it happened to other wrecks before.

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1 minute ago, Jethro_Grey said:

Too many shameless cretaures on this world, who wouldn't waste any time starting to break the wreck apart for profit, like it happened to other wrecks before.

HMS Exeter, HMAS Perth, and probably too many others I can't remember. I think I read the Exeter is completely gone now, such a waste as well as bloody grave robbing. Thank goodness the Lexington is where she is, it should keep them away.

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