A piece of prized World War II U.S. naval history, the wreckage of the American aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which was sunk by the Japanese on May 8, 1942, in the Battle of the Coral Sea, has been discovered by an expedition funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The wreckage was found Sunday on the seabed in waters 3,000 metres (about 2 miles) deep, more than 800 kilometres (500 miles) off Australia’s east coast.
We’ve located the USS Lexington after she sank 76 yrs ago. #RVPetrel found the WWII aircraft carrier & planes more than 3000m (~2mi) below Coral Sea near Australia. We remember her brave crew who helped secure 1st strategic US win in the Pacific Theater https://t.co/20ehjafD7d pic.twitter.com/HIvxNUDbsX
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) March 5, 2018