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The remains of the last U.S. Navy ship sunk by a German submarine during the second world War, revealing the secrets of the remarkable images of the sea floor.
Patrol boat USS Eagle PE-56 was characterized by a its own dive team, just a few miles off the coast of Maine last year, ending a decades-long mystery about the ship’s location. The bow of the ship was spotted at approximately 260 feet of water in June 2018 and, in the stern of the next month. The final pieces of the wreckage have been found to be in May of 2019 at the latest, according to the diver, and Ryan King, of Brentwood, N. H.
The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on 23 April 1945, it was originally attributed to a boiler explosion. However, the Navy determined in 2001 that it was sunk by a German submarine, the U-853.
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The king and his dive team were able to confirm that there is an object that has previously been detected on sonar by a submarine on search and specialist Garry Kozak was in fact the sunken ship. The divers, who worked with the Smithsonian Channel, and extensive research, the ship is at the bottom of the sea, five miles off the coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
The USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk by a German submarine on April 23, 1945. (Smithsonian Channel)
Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members survived, and were picked out of the water by a nearby Naval destroyer.
The king also told Fox News about the team, the experience of exploration of the ship.
“When the torpedo exploded, she snapped it in half, only one man stepped out of the bow section 12 and the men did the to the within section of it,” he said.
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The investigation of the wreck will be featured in a three-part series, “The Hunt-for-Eagle-56,” which will premiere on Smithsonian Channel on Sunday. 22 at 9 pm EST/PST.
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During the dives, the King explained to him that he would be able to clearly see the Eagle on the cover of the machines, and the huge 16-foot deck-gun on the top of the next crew.
“It is truly a humbling experience and if you’re down there, you’re not alone, on a ship, you are in the grave,” he said. “We haven’t touched the stuff, and we have made a point of staying out of areas where there is evidence of human remains.”
The Eagle’s helmet, and the new york times, are clearly visible in the wreckage.
“You can see all the equipment that will be part of the wreckage,” the King said. “Yes, there are safety deposit boxes that are partially open, the table is still there, and there were men to sit down when the torpedo exploded.”
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“You have to realize that many of the men who used the equipment were still trapped in the wreckage,” he added.
Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members died. (Smithsonian Channel)
At the stern of the boat, the divers also had to have a picture of the ship at the stern of the escape hatches where the ladders were lost, such as that provided by the Eagle’s next of kin.
The swim team could see that the crew of the boots are dotted around both the bow and stern sections on the bottom.
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The dive team has to be aware of when dealing with the parts of the ship, with her artillery. On their first scuba dive off the hook, and that they will be sent up on a rack, the depth of the cost of the Eagle’s stern.
“It was exciting to see!” The king joked. “It’s clear that they haven’t gone anywhere for a few years now, but we thought that we would have to live there.”
Scuba divers are exploring the wreck, which was discovered in 2018.
Scuba divers also have to contend with the poor visibility on the wreck, and which, on a good day, just 10 metres away.
“It’s incredibly dark, and without light, you wouldn’t be able to do something,” said the King.
The king also told Fox News that the team has shared information on the wreck, and by the U.S. department of the Navy.
“Once we had a clear view of the Navy, and we have it to them as quickly as we could,” he said.
In May, the Navy sent a letter to the investigators to tell them that the ship was under the protection of the Sunken Military Craft Act, and the King added.
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The researchers are now working to ensure that the families of the Eagle, and the members of the crew of the Purple Heart is deserved by their loved ones. “A lot of the Purple Hearts went out to the families in 2004 and 2005,” King told Fox News, adding that officials are still trying to get medals for their families.
The divers had to contend with poor visibility at the wreck site. (Smithsonian Channel)
Earlier this year, for example, is the sister of Seaman First Class James Cunningham, received his posthumous Purple Heart at a ceremony held in Millington, Tenn., Stars and Stripes reports.
“We have participated in the ceremony, it was a great piece of closure to the family,” said the King.
Cunningham, he explained, was not supposed to be on the ship when it was torpedoed by U-853.
“He was supposed to be on leave, he changed it because his friend needed to go home on leave to bury a loved one who has passed on,” King said.
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The diver explained that the researchers are working with three families at the moment, in order to help them with their Purple Hearts.
“We have had a number of deadlines, that there are family members who are older,” he said.
One of the items on the USS Eagle PE-56 on the wreck. The patrol boat was sunk by the U-853, a German submarine. (Smithsonian Channel)
The naval History and Heritage Command does not have to respond to a Fox News request for comment for this story.
Research carried out by Paul Lawton, a lawyer, of Mass., naval historian and diver, played an important role in the fixing of the Eagle’s sinking, by U-853.
“That was the result of Paul’s work, and Bernard Cavalcante, from the naval History and Heritage Command,” the King said.
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The ship is sinking, it is also the subject of Stephen puleo’s book of 2005, “Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56.”
Scuba divers approach the wreck. (Smithsonian Channel)
The U-853, was later sunk off Block Island on 6 May 1945 by depth charges from the USS Atherton, and the USS Moberly. All hands were lost in the sub-sink, which is two days before V-E Day, according to the naval History and Heritage Command.
Researchers around the world working at the sites of the second world War, though. The wreck of an Australian cargo ship, for example, it has recently been discovered, the wreckage of an AMERICAN B-24 bomber that crashed in the sea off the coast of Bermuda in February, 1945.
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And earlier this year, it was the wreck of a world War ii aircraft carrier, the USS Wasp was also found in the Coral Sea, and the RH of August, discovered that one of the first Japanese ships to be sunk by AMERICAN forces during the second world war. Imperial japanese Navy, ship, Hiei, sunk on Dec. 14, 1942, in the Solomon Islands.
The wreck was discovered off the coast of Maine. (Smithsonian Channel)
Wasp has also been spotted on the seabed by the experts of the ship, the RV Petrel, which is part of a research organization founded by the late billionaire, Paul Allen.
Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, passed away in October 2018, from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His research organization, has found that there are a number of historic military shipwrecks, including the wrecks of the USS Helena and the USS Lexington and the USS Juneau.
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The group’s biggest discovery, however, until 2017, if at All, and his team found the long-lost wreck of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.
The Eagle class patrol boat, was built during the second world War-I. it is similar to the USS Eagle PE-56, which exploded and sank off the coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on April 23, 1945, killing most of its crew are in New England, the greatest maritime disaster during world War ii.
(AP Photo/U.s. Navy, File)
In a separate project, the wreckage of the AMERICAN B-24 bomber, for example, it was found in Papua New Guinea (png). The plane’s wreckage was discovered in 2018, and 74 years after it was shot down during fierce battle with the Japanese forces.
This past summer, a team of researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego and at the University of Delaware, and is missing the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read, was destroyed by a Japanese mine in the remote Aleutian Islands.
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Last year, a decades-long mystery about the fate of a ship that disappeared during the second world War, the rescue operation was at last resolved.
A memorial plaque is located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the latest, remembering those killed when the USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk During world War ii off the coast of Maine, on the 23rd of April, 1945.
(AP Photo/David Sharp)
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A very rare world War II Spitfire fighter plane flown by a single pilot, who later took part in the “Great Escape” is also retrieved from a remote Norwegian town of bergen on the previous year.
Fox News’ Nicole, Darrah, and the Associated Press contributed to this article.
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