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.
Recently was found the USS Johnston (DD-557) wreck, which lies 6.5km (4 miles) beneath the waves in the Philippine Sea in the Pacific Ocean.
The US Navy destroyer sank during the Battle off Samar in 1944 after a fierce battle with a large fleet of Japanese warships.
Only 141 of the USS Johnston's 327 crew survived the battle. No human remains or clothing were found during the expedition.
The vehicle was found during construction work on the siding of railway station Euskirchen, Germany. The discovery happened on February 10, 2014. This is a Sd.Kfz 10 buried in the siding of the station.
The destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts was identified on Wednesday broken into two pieces on a slope at a depth of 6,985 meters below sea level off the Philippines
The ship took part in the Battle off Samar, the final phase of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in Oct 1944. After having spent virtually all its ammunition, she was critically hit by the lead battleship Yamato and sank. Of a 224-man crew, 89 died and 120 were saved.
On Sept 2020 USS Grenadier submarine is found off the coast of Thailand. USS Grenadier has been found during a search using sonar and the vessel is located at a depth of 83m in the Strait of Malacca, about 80 Mm south of Phuket, Thailand.
Wreck visible on side scan sonar
USS Grenadier was sunk by her crew on April 21, 1943, shortly after the vessel suffered severe damage from an underwater explosive device dropped by a Japanese aircraft.
All 76 crew members survived the attack, but they faced an uncertain future... After the crew of Grenadier abandoned ship and watched her sink to her final resting place a Japanese merchantman picked up eight officers and 68 enlisted men and took them to Penang, Malay States, where they were questioned, beaten, and starved before being sent to other prison camps. They were then separated and transferred from camp to camp along the Malay Peninsula and finally to Japan. Throughout the war they suffered brutal, inhuman treatment, and their refusal to reveal military information frustrated and angered their captors. First word that any had survived Grenadier reached Australia on 27 Nov 1943. Despite the brutal and sadistic treatment, all but four of Grenadier's crew survived their two years in Japanese hands.
A British air force bomber Martin Baltimorethat crashed in the Mediterranean on 1942 was finally identified this year.
The wreck, discovered in 2016, is described by the authorities as in an “exceptional state of conservation” and of “great historical and symbolic value”.
The bomber took off at 00:45 on June 15, 1942 from the airport of Luca, in Malta, to observe the naval traffic in the area around the island of Pantelleria. But he crashed off the Italian island of Linosa, probably because he was shot or his engines failed. The RAF light bomber is now in action 85 meters below the water surface in front of Linosa.
Experts say this particular Martin Baltimore (serial number Mk II AG699) is partially submerged in sand, but the wings and tail are still raised above the seabed, however the wreck has some damage. Has a crack in the middle of the fuselage and a small part of the left wing is missing.
The Baltimore II AG699 had four people aboard: the British pilot Sgt. Francis William Baum; The observer Sgt. of the RAAF Alick Greaves; RCAF machine gunner, Sgt. William Finchamand the RAF gunner, the Sgt. Robert Tettrell Purslow.
Sgt. Greaves was killed on impact as the bomber hit the sea and it was buried in the war cemetery of Medjez El-Bab, Tunisia. The other three were rescued by local fishermen who rowed towards the wreck, although Sgt. Purslow died in a prison camp in Wolfsberg, Austria in Dec 1943.