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"Lady Lex" found two miles down

Postby koimaster » March 5th 2018, 7:30pm

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Re: "Lady Lex" found two miles down

Postby Mark1 » March 5th 2018, 9:59pm

I didn't realize they had another Lexington that was sunk. There was an old Lexington aircraft carrier docked in Pensacola when I was stationed just down the road back in the 80's.
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Re: "Lady Lex" found two miles down

Postby conjurer » March 5th 2018, 11:29pm

Mark1 wrote:I didn't realize they had another Lexington that was sunk. There was an old Lexington aircraft carrier docked in Pensacola when I was stationed just down the road back in the 80's.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lexington_(CV-16)

In 1941, the US Navy had three aircraft carriers in the Pacific, of which Lexington was one.

At the time, the Japanese Imperial Navy was arguably the finest military force in the world. They were the most advanced, with the finest ships, the highest trained sailors and naval infantry (their version of Marines), and without a doubt the best naval aviators. No matter what the propaganda of the time implied, the Japanese were worthy and deadly foes.

Up until the battle of Midway, the Japanese held the advantage in the Pacific; afterwards, they simply could not match the manufacturing might of America and replace their losses (one historian wrote that the war effort in the United States equalled the amount of effort building the Panama Canal every week.) Also interesting was the fact that 90% of American war effort went to the European theater of operations, and only 10% to the Pacific.

In the end, the "Lady Lex" died, but plenty of aircraft carriers replaced her, and it was American effort, American blood, and good old-fashioned American balls that turned the tide.
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Re: "Lady Lex" found two miles down

Postby koimaster » March 5th 2018, 11:35pm

Mark1 wrote:I didn't realize they had another Lexington that was sunk. There was an old Lexington aircraft carrier docked in Pensacola when I was stationed just down the road back in the 80's.


I believe this is the original which was a converted battleship hull
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Re: "Lady Lex" found two miles down

Postby koimaster » March 5th 2018, 11:50pm

conjurer wrote:
Mark1 wrote:I didn't realize they had another Lexington that was sunk. There was an old Lexington aircraft carrier docked in Pensacola when I was stationed just down the road back in the 80's.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lexington_(CV-16)

In 1941, the US Navy had three aircraft carriers in the Pacific, of which Lexington was one.

At the time, the Japanese Imperial Navy was arguably the finest military force in the world. They were the most advanced, with the finest ships, the highest trained sailors and naval infantry (their version of Marines), and without a doubt the best naval aviators. No matter what the propaganda of the time implied, the Japanese were worthy and deadly foes.

Up until the battle of Midway, the Japanese held the advantage in the Pacific; afterwards, they simply could not match the manufacturing might of America and replace their losses (one historian wrote that the war effort in the United States equalled the amount of effort building the Panama Canal every week.) Also interesting was the fact that 90% of American war effort went to the European theater of operations, and only 10% to the Pacific.

In the end, the "Lady Lex" died, but plenty of aircraft carriers replaced her, and it was American effort, American blood, and good old-fashioned American balls that turned the tide.


I would dispute most of the japanese claims as bullshit. The avg in china blew the japanese plane out if the air, 14 avg planes lost, 296 jap planes killed in air to air. Us navy and marine pilots shot down japanese planes like ducks. The failure to keeps planes maintained, ground crews trained and to build facilities were also helpful in killing them.
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Re: "Lady Lex" found two miles down

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