Explorers find shipwreck thought to be massive WWII battleship Musashi
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder yesterday announced his ocean exploration team has found a wreck thought to be the , one of the largest warships ever built. The Musashi was a Japanese battleship sunk by US forces during World War Two.
The wreck was discovered yesterday local time under a Filipino coast. Together with the Musashi fought in the , one of the war's biggest sea fights.of water in the , off the
Musashi sank on October 24, 1944, during the battle and two years after commissioning. Over 1,000 crew died. Well-armed with 18-inch guns, the 263(862 ) ship struggled to defend itself against waves of aircraft launched from US carriers. Musashi fired into the water, creating large geysers to knock incoming bombers out of the sky. Eighteen planes were downed.
The battle was won by the US and Australia, defeating Japan. Yamato escaped with damage but was sunk the following year, also by US forces. The two battleships were the 's centrepieces. Musashi boasted a 22- reach with its nine main guns, and seven aircraft.
If confirmed, the find completes Allen's eight-year search for the Musashi. Following seabed mapping the wreck was found using an ROV. One of the world's richest people, Allen has reportedly invested much of his wealth in marine exploration and began his quest to find the Musashi out of a lifelong interest in the war.
- "Japan's WW2 'Musashi battleship wreck found'" — , March 4, 2015
- Manabu Sasaki. "Wreck of battleship Musashi said found off Philippines" — , March 4, 2015