US Torpedoed Ship that Supplied Atom Bomb Found
The wreckage of USS Indianapolis, an American navy cruiser- that ferried material for atom bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima- and that was drowned by Japan later during World War II in 1945, was found nearly 3.5 miles beneath the pacific.
A research team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreckage of the cruiser, but the team did not disclose the where it was located.
The worst navy disaster occurred in July 1945. The Indianapolis, which first went to Pearl Harbour- had just completed a secret mission to Tinian in the Mariana Islands, where it delivered materials for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The cruiser was traveling unescorted to Leyte, an island in the Philippines, when it was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine at 12:14 a.m. on July 30. The ship sank in 12 minutes, its descent too rapid for a distress signal to be sent.
There were nearly 1196 crew members aboard and about 316 survived. But they had to strand for five days in shark-infested waters. They were rescued by US search planes who spotted them. The rest of the crew were died due to dehydration, drowning and sharks. The saga of the Indianapolis and the unfathomable suffering of the crew have been recounted in documentaries, movies — most famously in “Jaws” — and books. As Dan Kurzman wrote in the book “Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis,” the ship’s destruction represents two tragedies — the sinking and the later torment of its captain.