A team of investigators has just found in Alaska the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read, sunk by the Japanese army in 1943.
Despite the fascination felt by most fans of history by the Second World War, as well as the plumbea bibliography that exists on it, there are still episodes of the fight that needs clarification. Something that is clear when findings are made as the stern of US destroyer USS Abner Read, sunk by a Japanese ship near the island of Kiska (Alaska). The remains of the American flagship had remained hidden in the deep sea for about 75 years.
The discovery was carried out by a team of researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Thanks to the use of sonar and submarine operated by remote control, the specialists found 88 meters of depth the remains of the stern of the destroyer.
“There was no doubt,” expedition leader Eric Terrill told Live Science. “We could clearly see the broken stern, the weapon and the control of the rudder, all in keeping with the historical documents,” added the oceanographer on the certainty that the remains belong to the USS Abner Read.
At the time of the battle, the destroyer was performing surveillance work in the vicinity of the island of Kiska. This insula was, along with the island of Attu, one of the territories that Japan managed to wrest from the United States during the battle of the Aleutian Islands, developed between 1942 and 1943. Even though the stern of the USS Abner Read went down because of a Japanese mine, the sailors on board managed to save the rest of the ship, which was driven by two other destroyers to a safe place.
This was catastrophic damage. I should have sunk the entire ship, “Sam Cox, a Navy curator and director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, said in a statement.
Despite the damage caused by the mine, the ship was repaired and fought several more battles against the Japanese in the Pacific, before finally sinking in November 1944.
Source: ABC Culture