October 21, 2019

LIVING HISTORY: Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway.

A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway.

Vulcan Inc.’s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and Heritage Command historian Frank Thompson reviewed high frequency sonar images of the warship Sunday and say that its dimensions and location mean it has to be the carrier Akagi.

The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Pearl Harbor.

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 Sunday morning.

Akagi was scuttled by Japanese destroyers on the morning of June 5, 1942, after being severely damaged the day before. She was done in by a single bomb dropped by SBD Dauntless pilot Lieutenant Richard Halsey Best, flying from the USS Enterprise.

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