Tag Archives: WWII

World-Renowned Oceanographer, Scientist Walter Munk Dies at 101

Walter Munk, who gave the allies a strategic edge in WWII, helped nurture a university into existence, and became a living synonym for oceanography, died February 8, 2019 at his home in La Jolla, California. He was 101. As a geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, Munk made groundbreaking observations of waves, ocean

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Paul Allen’s RV Petrel Finds USS Hornet Wreckage

One of the most important aircraft carriers in WWII history has been located by the crew of Paul Allen’s RV Petrel. The discovery of the USS Hornet was made during Petrel’s first mission of 2019. The USS Hornet played a pivotal role in some of the most important moments in WWII naval history, including the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. From the deck of the Hornet,

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Deep Dive into Engineering the World’s Most Advanced ROV System: Q&A with Carl Barrett

In August 2017 a research group led by explorer and philanthropist Paul G. Allen used ultra-high-tech underwater equipment to locate the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, a ship that sank in the final days of WWII after it was struck by Japanese torpedoes. The discovery was made by Mr. Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc., using a new expedition ship it acquired

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Tour USS Indianapolis: Live-Streaming from 18,000 Feet Under the Sea

Tonight, a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) will shoot video 18,000 feet under the sea to take viewers on a live-streaming tour of the recently discovered USS Indianapolis. Indianapolis sunk in the final days of World War II when it was hit by two Japanese torpedoes after delivering components of the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The sunken battleship was discovered Aug.

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WWII B-25 Bombers Found off Papua New Guinea

Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II. Project Recover comprises scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University

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