USS “Indianapolis,” Key to Hiroshima Bombing, Found Deep in Sea (News)
Washington, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)—A team led by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft Corp., said Saturday it has found part of a US World War II ship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine after delivering components of an atomic bomb.
The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, which carried some 1,200 crew members during the war, was discovered in the Philippine Sea at a depth of 5,500 meters, the team said.
The heavy cruiser completed its secret mission to deliver parts of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima to Tinian Island on July 26, 1945. Four days later, it was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese Imperial Navy submarine.
According to the US Navy, some 800 crew members survived the sinking, but only about 300 of them were rescued alive five days later because many died of thirst, drowned, or been attacked by sharks.
“While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming,” Allen said in a statement.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]