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After 75 years, wreck of USS 'Greyback' submarine found - video

The wreck of the American submarine USS “Greyback” was found off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The unit was sunk in 1944, during its 10th combat patrol, by a Nakajima B5N torpedo-bomber plane. There were 80 sailors killed on board. The wreck of the US ship was located as early as 5
Published: November 12, 2019 - 12:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:49
After 75 years, wreck of USS ‘Greyback’ submarine found – video

The wreck of the American submarine USS “Greyback” was found off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The unit was sunk in 1944, during its 10th combat patrol, by a Nakajima B5N torpedo-bomber plane. There were 80 sailors killed on board.

The wreck of the US ship was located as early as 5 July, but it was not until 10 November that the news was made public. The USS “Greyback” was found approximately 50 Mm off the coast of Okinawa, at a depth of over 425 metres.

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This stunning discovery is the work of a team associated with the Lost 52 Project initiative, a group founded by Tim Taylor following the discovery of his first submarine wreck, the USS R12. The searchers associated with this extraordinary project have set themselves the goal of finding 52 lost American submarines.

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So far they have managed to locate and identify 4 such vessels. In the past, we reported, among other things, on their finding of the wreck of another American submarine USS “Grunion”. The found wrecks are examined, documented and their detailed virtual models are created in 3D technology.

The US Navy has prepared a historical study of the 52 submarines it lost during World War II. It includes, among other things, the approximate positions of their sinking, but in this particular case finding the wreck was additionally difficult due to incorrect translation of Japanese archival information. This translated to the omission of one digit in latitude and longitude.

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28 January 1944. USS “Grayback” set out on her last patrol from the legendary port of Pearl Harbor. The ship was returned in late February with only two torpedoes left over from the attack on the Japanese convoy. The ‘Grayback’ was then due to arrive at Midway in March, but never made it there and before the end of the month was listed as ‘presumed lost’.

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Source: nbcnews.com, nytimes.com

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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