Alaska July 2018:
In a mission funded by NOAA, Project Recover located the stern of USS Abner Read, a WWII destroyer, off the coast of Alaska. The stern of USS Abner Read was torn off the destroyer in an explosion in the early morning hours of August 18th, 1943. The stern plunged 200’ into the depths of the Bering Sea, killing 71 sailors in its wake. The explosion was most likely caused by a Japanese mine.
Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked and occupied the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The United States’ response was swift and punishing. Over 15 months, the Allied Forces carried out 601 missions and dropped 7 million pounds of bombs on enemy positions.
Project Recover located the stern of USS Abner Read using a multi-beam sonar mounted to the side of the research ship to identify promising underwater targets on their mission. They used a deep-diving, remotely operated vehicle to capture live video to confirm the target.
Read the complete story in the The Washington Post, Retropolis section: Searchers find the sunken stern of a doomed World War II destroyer off the coast of Alaska
Read other articles about Project Recover in the news:
- The New York Times Reports Project Recover Locates B-24, Heaven Can Wait
- WWII B-25 Bombers located by Project Recover one of Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017
Read about MIAs Project Recover has helped Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency account for:
- August 2018 -Otis E. Ingram, WWII Gunner, Accounted For By DPAA
- June 2018 – Walter E. Mintus, WWII Radioman, Accounted For By DPAA
- August 2017 – Former WWII MIAs Rybarczyk and Sharninghouse Accounted for by DPAA
- June 2017 – F6F Hellcat Discovery Leads to DPAA Accounting For MIA WWII Pilot Punnell