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    Video Provides First Clear Views of WWII Aircraft Carriers Lost in the Pivotal Battle of Midway

    Video Provides First Clear Views of WWII Aircraft Carriers Lost in the Pivotal Battle of Midway

    Footage from deep in the Pacific Ocean has given the first detailed look at three World War II aircraft carriers that sank in the pivotal Battle of Midway and could help solve mysteries about the days-long barrage that marked a shift in control of the Pacific theater from Japanese to U.S. forces.

    Remote submersibles operating 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) below the surface conducted extensive archeological surveys in September of the Akagi and the Kaga, two of the four Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers destroyed during the June 1942 battle, as well as the U.S.S. Yorktown.

    The high-quality video includes the official identification of the Akagi, while also providing clues about the final hours of the aircraft carriers.

    The footage shows how the island, or the tall structure that rose above the Yorktown's wooden deck, was damaged by extremely high heat and how the crew went to great lengths to keep the American ship from sinking.

    Julian Hodges, one of the last living veterans who served on the Yorktown, and who swam six hours with a dislocated shoulder to a rescue ship, teared up as he watched.

    “Boy, she took a beating,” Hodges said, just weeks shy of his 101st birthday. “I just hated to see my ship torn up like that.”

    All three aircraft carriers were found previously, the Yorktown in 1998 and the Japanese ships four years ago. The Akagi was only preliminarily identified, however, and limited images were…

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