WWII Navy sub missing for 75 years found off Okinawa, Japan

Michelle Dolge
November 11, 2019 - 4:10 pm
Image of USS Grayback sunken submarine

photo credit: Lost 52 Project


A World War II Navy submarine that went missing 75 years ago has been found off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

The USS Grayback was sunk in February 1944 when the Japanese attacked it during a mission in the East China Sea.  

Ocean explorers had searched for the shipwreck for years, but it wasn't until a systems engineer compared the original Japanese military documents to the Navy's translation did they realize that the coordinates had been translated wrong.

They were off by one digit.  That one digit was equal to 100 miles.

Private explorers from the Lost 52 Project used the new latitude and longitude, locating the wreck of the USS Grayback under 1,427 feet of water.

Tim Taylor, who heads the project, told USA Today he was "elated."

"But it's also sobering, because we just found 80 men," he said.

The USS Grayback had eighty American sailors on board the submarine at the time of its sinking.

Lost 52 Project is dedicated to finding 52 lost WWII war subs; they've already found at least four. Their goal is to discover, survey and create 3-D documentation of the final underwater resting places.