The helmet of an American paratrooper found 74 years later.
Feb. 2018: A remnant of the WW2 resurfaced after 74 years. While working at a private home in Carentan-les-Marais, Fr.
Clement, a passionate at the origin of the discovery, quickly identified it: the helmet had belonged to an American paratrooper, and wore the specific markings of the 101st Airborne Division.
These particularities, inscribed on the outfits two weeks before the landing, were intended to facilitate the identification of the units. The helmet, which wore an ace of spades, was that of a soldier of the 506th Infantry Regiment paratrooper whose name still appeared: Sergeant Jack Shea.
Jack Shea, originally from Taft, California, was a sergeant and serves with Company C of the 1st Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. With his division, the 101st Airborne, he jumped to Normandy in the night of June 6, 1944 in a territory invaded by the enemy. However, the vagaries of the weather, the German anti-aircraft defense and the stress of the crews lead to many approximate drops. Dropped away from his theoretical jump zone, Sgt Jack Shea falls a stone’s throw from the city of Carentan. After having trained so long and hardly having touched the soil of France, the Sergeant is mortally wounded. Missing the call, he will be declared dead only on the 9th and his body will be transferred to a temporary cemetery and then repatriated to the USA.
Wreckage of Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei, first to be lost in WWII, discovered in Solomons islands.
Battleship Hiei, which sank on November 14, 1942, was spotted on the seabed by experts from the research vessel RV Petrel on January 2019.
“Hiei was crippled by a shell from the USS San Francisco on the 13th which disabled the steering gear,” explained experts from RV Petrel, in a Facebook post.
“For the next 24 hours it was attacked by multiple sorties of torpedo, dive and B-17 bombers. Hiei sank sometime in the evening with a loss of 188 of her crew.”
View of US and German colors flying over conning tower of U-505.
U-505 was captured by the U.S. Navy on 4 June 1944. Arrived in Bermuda on 19 June 1944. Used for secret trials and training in Bermuda until May 1945. Gifted to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry on 9 Mar 54. Now on display in Chicago, USA.
The SS Richard Montgomery sank and split in two off the coast of Sheerness in Aug. 1944 with around 1,400 tonnes of explosives on board. In fact, the ship poses such a real threat it is constantly being monitored by the government. Masts of the stranded ship can still be seen poking above the water, an eerie reminder of what lies beneath.