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The Petrel and the USS Wasp

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  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
The Petrel and the USS Wasp
Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:48 AM

Read this article in the NYTimes this morning. I thought it might prove to be of some interest to some of you.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/magazine/uss-wasp-lost-world-war-ii-aircraft-carrier.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Mentioned in the article (well written btw) are some of the survivors one of whom, in particular, should be of interest to those of you equally interested in aircraft - link to Wikipedia blurb here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McCampbell

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

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  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:06 PM

When they found Hornet, was kind of hoping they would look for Wasp.  Nice to hear they found her.

Now wondering if they might try for the four Jananese carriers from the Battle of Midway, since Ballard found Yorktown a few years ago.

There are several of our submarines out there to be found, but some of those records are probably non existant, and those that are would be based on the post war records matching dates and approximate locations from Japanese records.  Harder, Perch and Argonaut would be three right off the top of my head. Argonaut since her bell is at Pearl and is rung every Sunday for one of the 52 boats still on patrol.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:13 PM

Great story about finding her.

I served aboard ESSEX when she was CVS in the early 60's. McCampbell was a great part of a proud ship's history. EJ

Completed - 1/525 Round Two Lindberg repop of T2A tanker done as USS MATTAPONI, USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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