WWII Japanese Battleship Musashi Wreckage Discovered By Billionaire Paul Allen

The wreckage of WWII Japanese Battleship Musashi was reportedly discovered by billionaire Paul Allen. The Microsoft co-founder said he found the wreckage more than 3,200 feet below the surface of the Sibuyan Sea. The massive ship was gunned down on October 1944 and has been missing for more than 70 years.

As reported by the World War II Database, the Yamato-class battleship was built by Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard in 1938. Measuring nearly 900 feet in length, Musashi was “the largest battleship ever constructed in naval history.”

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The magnificent ship was launched in 1940. Although Musashi was primarily used as a transport ship, she was commissioned in August 1942 and assigned to the 1st Battleship Division.

In October 1944, WWII Japanese Battleship Musashi was deployed to the Sibuyan Sea amid Operation Sho-Go. Although it was the first time Musashi fired her guns in combat, the battleship made quite an impression.

SB2C Helldiver gunner Joe Anderlik, who was aboard the USS Franklin, describes the infamous conflict and the impressive battleship.

“[Musashi] was huge! I had never seen anything as big in my entire life. It was a magnificent sight… I felt the muzzle blast each time they fired. I could swear the wings were ready to fold every tie these huge shockwaves hit us.”

Although the WWII Japanese battleship was a formidable opponent, Musashi eventually succumbed to enemy fire. After being struck with 17 bombs and 20 torpedoes, the infamous ship capsized and sank to the bottom of the sea. An estimated 1,023 troops lost their lives on the fated battleship.

Despite numerous attempts to recover the ship, Musashi remained missing for more than 70 years. Paul Allen, who has a keen interest in WWII history, made it his mission to find the sunken ship. Although it took more than eight years, Allen announced that he found the WWII Japanese battleship. Musashi was discovered at a depth of more than 3,200 feet on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

Kazushige Todaka, director of Japan’s Kure Maritime Museum, said he is 90 percent sure Allen found the missing battleship. As reported by CNN, Todaka also noted that the wreckage was discovered exactly 70 years after the end of WWII.

Although Todaka is fairly certain Paul Allen found the WWII Japanese Battleship Musashi, he said more photos will be needed to confirm the identity of the ship.

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