On Sunday, underwater explorer Tim Taylor and his team from the Lost 52 project announced that they had located the long-lost submarine on June 5, about 400 meters underwater off Okinawa, Japan.
Last year, researcher Yutaka Iwasaki discovered that the Navy had originally made a mistake in translating the Japanese war reports, indicating where the Grayback had probably sunk. During all this time, the Navy's historical records had given a false longitude for the location of the submarine.
Equipped with this information, as well as newly discovered and translated Japanese mission protocols, Taylor told CNN that his team was conducting an expedition to search for the Grayback, this time in the area southwest of Okinawa.
Using autonomous submersibles, remote-controlled vehicles and advanced imaging technology, the team discovered the Grayback approximately 1
The discovery was officially confirmed by the Navy. Robert S. Neyland, Head of Underwater Archeology Department of the Naval Command of History and Heritage, said in a press release.
The Grayback has vanished 1944
About a month later, the submarine reported having sunk two Japanese cargo ships on February 19th. However, the attack left the Grayback with only two torpedoes and was ordered home by the patrol.
Although the Grayback was due to arrive in Midway on March 7, more than three weeks passed without seeing the submarine. And on March 30, 1944, the Grayback, one of the most successful submarines of World War II, was reported as missing.
Families are finally closed
Gloria Hurney, whose uncle Raymond Parks died On the Grayback, she said she was not sure if the Grayback would ever be salvaged.
When she learned of the discovery, she felt a mixture of shock, disbelief, sadness, and sadness. Ultimately, however, these feelings changed into relief, comfort and peace.
"The discovery completes the issues surrounding the Grayback to its downfall and location," Hurney said in a statement to CNN. "I believe it will enable healing when relatives of crew members come together to share their stories."
The navy agreed with this feeling.
"Every discovery of a sunken ship is an opportunity to remember and honor the service of our seafarers," Neyland said in a statement. "The knowledge of their final resting place partially closes their families and shipmates and allows our team to better understand the circumstances in which the boat has been lost."