OT: Wreck of WWII German Aircraft Carrier Found

Wreck likely that of Nazi aircraft carrier By VANESSA GERA, Associated
Press Writer
51 minutes ago
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Navy said Thursday that it has identified a
sunken shipwreck in the Baltic Sea as almost certainly being Nazi
Germany's only aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin - a find that
promises to shed light on a 59-year-old mystery surrounding the ship's
fate.
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The Polish oil company Petrobaltic discovered the shipwreck earlier
this month on the sea floor about 38 miles north of the northern port
city of Gdansk.
Suspecting it could be the wreckage of the Graf Zeppelin, the Polish
Navy sent out a hydrographic survey vessel on Tuesday, said Lt. Cmdr.
Bartosz Zajda, a spokesman for the Polish Navy.
"We are 99 percent sure - even 99.9 percent - that these details
point unambiguously to the Graf Zeppelin," said Dariusz Beczek, the
Navy commander of the vessel, the ORP Arctowski, said soon after
returning to port Thursday morning after the two-day expedition.
During their time at sea, naval experts used a remote-controlled
underwater robot and sonar photographic and video equipment to gather
digital images of the 850-foot-long ship, Zajda said.
"The analyses of the sonar pictures and the comparison to historical
documents show that it is the Graf Zeppelin," Zajda told The Associated
Press.
Zajda said a number of characteristics of the shipwreck exactly matched
those of the Graf Zeppelin, including the ship's measurements and a
special device that lifted aircraft onto the launch deck from a lower
deck.
The naval experts were still waiting to find the name "Graf Zeppelin"
on one the ship's sides before declaring with absolute certainty that
it is the German carrier, Zajda said.
The Graf Zeppelin was Germany's only aircraft carrier during World War
II. It was launched on Dec. 8, 1938, but never saw action. After
Germany's defeat in 1945, the Soviet Union took control of the ship,
but it was last seen in 1947 and since then the ship's fate has been
shrouded in mystery.
Navy researchers plan to continue to examine the material they gathered
during their two days at sea, but the analysis of the shipwreck will
then fall to historians and other researchers, Zajda said.
The Graf Zeppelin will almost certain remain on the sea bed, he said.
"Technically it's impossible to pull it out of the water," Zajda said.
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This article say's it was used as a target ship Aug. 16,'47 , sweet model of the carrier on the website .
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noddy
morrison and other sources i've seen said that the commies overloaded her with machine tools and other factory booty to the point she sank in a heavey sea or storm. is there any newer info prior ot the find? i hope they do a good survey and search and show it on tv. i think that was an imortant ship as far as giving insights itnot nazi thoughts on carriers. what;s the scoop on the "special device" for lifting ac? wasn't an elevator of some kind? this is freaking exciting. i wonder what russian, (oops, i really do mean soviets!) slimy tricks will come to light. like looting that liner they killed 9000 german civilians on.
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Actually the question is "Do we really care if we are welcome or not?"
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