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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Mar 2018 7:58 p.m. PST

Billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner, has made another huge nautical find: the USS Lexington, which was lost at the Battle of Coral Sea 76 years ago…


daler240D Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2018 8:03 p.m. PST

Much better link

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Mar 2018 8:12 p.m. PST

Much better link

The USS Lexington was sunk repelling an attempted Japanese invasion of Australia? Amazing what you can read out there…

Grelber05 Mar 2018 9:04 p.m. PST

The version I read earlier today had a photo of the Essex class carrier Lexington! Named after the Coral Sea Lexington, of course, but they didn't explain that, leaving us to assume this was the ship found.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

Of course the 'numerous bombs and torpedoes' did some
significant damage, but it was the fuel fume explosions
and resulting fires which caused her to be abandoned
and sunk by USS Phelps

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2018 11:05 p.m. PST


Port Moresby was Australian controlled territory, I believe (as was originally Rabaul, Tulagi, etc.). So it's not that far off.


Calculon Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2018 4:44 a.m. PST

I hope that they manage to protect this war grave from those scrap metal salvagers.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

The picture of the Wildcat is amazing.

PVT64106 Mar 2018 6:18 a.m. PST

Another link:


My interest in WWII in the Pacific was sparked by reading "Queen of the Flattops".

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2018 7:17 a.m. PST

PVT641 – same here ! Read Stanley Johnston's book when
I was 8-9 years old and got hooked…

Tommy2006 Mar 2018 11:20 a.m. PST

And they found seven Devastators! Several groups have tried to find one in good enough shape to restore, but these are probably too deep to raise.

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