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    Microsoft Cofounder finds missing WW2 Aircraft Carrier off Australian Coast

    An expedition team led by Paul Allen, the billionaire explorer and the co-founder of Microsoft, said it's discovered the missing wreckage of an American aircraft carrier that went down during World War II.



    Allen and his team located the long-lost USS Lexington, one of the first American carriers, about 500 miles northeast of Australia in the Coral Sea, he said in a post on his website.

    Using Allen’s personal vessel, the R/V Petrel, the team on Sunday discovered the wrecked ship about 2 miles deep, along with 11 of the 35 planes that went down with it, according to the post.


    The carrier, nicknamed "Lady Lex," went down in 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. President Donald Trump commemorated the 75th anniversary of the battle last year in a speech in which he vowed to remember the “heroes that never returned.”

    “To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor,” Allen said in a statement. “As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country, for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”

    Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet, said his father was one of the nearly 2,000 sailors evacuated from Lexington and congratulated Allen and his team on their discovery.

    "As the son of a survivor of the USS Lexington, I offer my congratulations to Paul Allen and the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel for locating the 'Lady Lex,' sunk nearly 76 years ago at the Battle of Coral Sea,” Harris said in a statement. “We honor the valor and sacrifice of the 'Lady Lex’s' Sailors — all those Americans who fought in World War II — by continuing to secure the freedoms they won for all of us."

    Microsoft co-founder finds lost World War II aircraft carrier near Australia - ABC News

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    Interesting bit of discovery, Harry.

    Even more so, The Lexington class of ships, most of which were refitted/recommissioned [in hurry up form] for the Pacific war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Paul Allen
    A real life Clive Cussler guy. Had dinner on his yacht years ago in Phuket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Paul Allen
    A real life Clive Cussler guy. Had dinner on his yacht years ago in Phuket.
    Which one is Paul Allen in this pic? I'm guessing bottom right...


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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    I'm guessing bottom right
    Good guess.

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    Busy boy that one. Someone should get him on MH370.


    Philanthropist Allen announces discovery of USS Juneau

    By Associated Press
    PUBLISHED: 01:10 GMT, 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 GMT, 20 March 2018

    Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced that wreckage of a sunken military ship on which five brothers died in World War II has been discovered in the South Pacific.

    A spokeswoman for Allen confirms wreckage from the USS Juneau was found Saturday off the coast of the Solomon Islands.


    The ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes in 1942, killing hundreds of men, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa.


    Allen has an expedition team that has reported finding wreckage of other ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, also sunk during World War II.



    The expedition team says in a statement it first identified the USS Juneau on Saturday using sonar technology and used a remotely operated underwater vehicle to verify the wreckage on Sunday.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5520871/Philanthropist-Allen-announces-discovery-USS-Juneau.html


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