USS Indianapolis: lost cruiser wreck found


Researchers finally locate the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis more than seven decades after it was sunk in the Pacific by a Japanese torpedo. Ashraf Fahim reports

The painted hull number “35” on the wreck of the USS Indianapolis. The expedition crew of Research Vessel Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it located the wreckage of the Indianapolis on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean. Picture: Paul G. Allen / AP

IT was the US Navy’s greatest tragedy: hundreds of survivors of the stricken USS Indianapolis were taken by sharks. Now, 72 years later, we’re about to find out why.

Researchers led by US billionaire Paul Allen have announced the discovery of one of America’s most significant wrecks.

The USS Indianapolis has passed into legend with its tale of delivering the “Little Boy” nuclear bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima, an early morning ambush — and a bungled search and rescue effort.

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