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Warspite113 Mar 2018 3:43 p.m. PST

The wreck of the 'Lady Lex' has been found in the Coral Sea. One of the aircraft is in remarkably good condition.


The Lady Lex was the first large US carrier to be lost in WW2, being scuttled after major damage and uncontrollable fires.


Warspite113 Mar 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Mar 2018 5:14 p.m. PST

Some discussion
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Tommy2013 Mar 2018 9:04 p.m. PST

The coolest part of this find is the squadron of Devastators. Museums have been trying to acquire one for years. There are no surviving examples that aren't under water, and these appear to be pristine compared to the few wrecks identified previously.

I have no idea if it's even possible to raise an aircraft from two miles down, but it's fun to think they might.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2018 2:27 a.m. PST

Rescuing a Devastator would be great. My fear is the salvagers will get to the wreck and break it up for scrap!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2018 4:25 a.m. PST


Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

If it is two miles below the surface I doubt that any salvagers can get to the wreck.

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member14 Mar 2018 2:57 p.m. PST

The Navy is trying to recover a plane from 3 miles deep, but it's modern.


Warspite116 Mar 2018 4:40 a.m. PST

A casual scrapper will not touch it. HMS Exeter has been pillaged in the Java Sea and the Royal Navy regularly turns away wrecking requests on HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse. The RN also visits those two wrecks and places new underwater White Ensigns on them just to make the point.

Lady Lex is too deep but the chance of a good Devastator might tempt a museum to make a request to the USN.


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