A determined American explorer has discovered a submarine lost for 75 years—and the final resting place of 80 American servicemen. Tim Taylor, who runs a project dedicated to finding the 52 US submarines lost in action during World War II, says his team has found the USS Grayback off Okinawa, the New York Times reports. The sub, which sank more than a dozen Japanese ships and rescued a group of downed American airmen, left Pearl Harbour on Jan. 28, 1944 for its 10th combat mission and never returned. Japanese records translated after the war said a plane had hit the sub with a 500-pound bomb and gave the latitude and longitude. But last year, Yutaka Iwasaki, a Japanese researcher who works with Taylor’s team, discovered that one digit had been mistranslated.
Iwasaki’s finding revealed that the Grayback had been hit 100 miles from the approximate location the Navy had listed. Taylor and his team searched the area using autonomous underwater drones. When the main underwater vehicle malfunctioned on the next-to-last day of the expedition, the team prepared to leave, until data from the vehicle led them to the Grayback. “It was amazing. Everyone was excited,” Taylor tells the Washington Post.