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Found: Paul Allen took to Twitter to reveal he had found the wreck of the Musashi, sunk in 1944
Allen posted a picture to Twitter showing World War II ship's rusting bow
Musashi, the Japanese Navy's biggest battleship, was sunk in 1944
It lay undiscovered on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea for the past 70 years
Billionaire Allen has now used his personal submarine to find the ship
Discovery brings to an end Allen's eight year search for the Musashi
By FLORA DRURY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:05 GMT, 4 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:58 GMT, 4 March 2015
Microsoft's co-founder has used his own submarine to find the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship - which has lain undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for the past 70 years.
Paul Allen revealed his amazing discovery to the world on Tuesday, by posting a photo to Twitter of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal.
The Musashi - which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed - was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944, taking with it more than 1,000 crew members.
But despite numerous eyewitness accounts, its exact location had remained a mystery - until now.
Final resting place: The ship has lain undisturbed at the bottom of the Sibuyan Sea since 1944. Pictured: A wheel on a valve which would have been in one of the engine rooms
Explorer: Allen was able to find the ship using he M/Y Octopus. Pictured: One of the ship's 15 tonne anchors
Biggest: The Musashi was the Japanese Navy's biggest battleship during the Second World War
The discovery brings to an end Allen's eight year search for the Musashi - and is a discovery he hopes will 'bring closure' to those who lost relatives aboard the ship, according to his website.
Billionaire Allen said the M/Y Octopus, his luxury yacht and exploration ship, found the long-lost ship on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea - 1.6 miles under the surface.
The Octopus' remote operated probe Octo ROV located the Musashi on Monday, according to Allen's website. The Octopus is also outfitted with an exploration submarine.
Allen and his research team had used the historical records of four different countries in order to pinpoint the location of the ship.
On Tuesday, Allen posted a photo of a valve from the wreckage, which he described as the 'first confirmation' that it was of Japanese origin.
'RIP (rest in peace) crew of Musashi, approximately 1,023 (lives) lost,' Allen said in another tweet.
He said on Twitter he would soon post video of the ship's catapult and valve areas.
War: American warplanes sank the Musashi on October 24, 1944, at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf
Record breaking: The Musashi was the largest armed battleship to ever be made. Pictured: A 'float plane'
Submerged: Allen and his team believe this to be an inverted type 89, 12.7 centimeter gun turret
Under fire: It was considered the largest naval encounter of World War II. Pictured: The Musashi being attack
Battle: The Musashi was sunk on the second day of fighting between the two sides
The Sibuyan Sea - at the heart of the Philippines' central Visayas islands - now covers busy shipping lanes and lies on the path of most tropical storms that cross the country from the Pacific Ocean.
But in 1944, it was the scene for a battle considered the largest naval encounter of the Second World War - a battle which would be the Musashi's last.
The battleship, which weighed 73,000 tons fully loaded, and was armed with nine 45 Caliber Type 94 main guns, was sunk by American warplanes on October 24, 1944, at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf - in which US and Australian forces defeated the Japanese.
About half the crew died when it went down.
Sister ship the Yamato was damaged in the fighting, according to the U.S. Navy, and American warships finally sank it a year later as it attempted to reach Okinawa.
Discoveries: The American billionaire (pictured) has also pursued space exploration
For Seattle-born Allen, 62, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, the discovery of the Musashi is a thrilling moment.
'Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U.S. Army,' Allen said.
'The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and, as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction.
'I am honored to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her.'
Allen, the 51st richest person in the world with a net worth of $17.5billion, according to Forbes Magazine, is known for his love of history - and also his generosity with the Octopus to help other exploration missions.
In 2012, Allen loaned the same ship that located the Musashi to the British government to locate HMS Hood bell from the bottom of the Denmark Strait.
The search was eventually called off due to bad weather.
The Octopus has also collaborated on Google Earth’s 'Explore the Ocean' feature, and has helped the Discovery Science Channel capture footage for a documentary to study the effects of nuclear detonation on the marine environment.
Director James Cameron has also used it, for a seven-hour solo journey to the earth's deepest point back in 2012.
But Allen is not confined to undersea exploration, either.
Luxury: The remote operated probe of the Octupus (pictured) located the Musashi on Monday
Submarine: Director James Cameron has also used Allen's submarine, to dive to the depths of the ocean
Parties: Allen's yacht is not just for exploring, however, it is also luxurious enough to entertain his friends - pictured here leaving the boat for the Olympic opening ceremony
Glamour: The Octopus also hosted parties in Cannes. Allen pictured here with George Lucas in 2005
The American is also working on a project called Stratolaunch, which aims to put 'cost-effective' cargo and manned missions into space.
He launched SpaceShipOne, the first privately built craft into suborbital space in 2004.
Spokespersons for the Philippines' navy and coast guard told AFP they were not informed of the discovery.
THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF: THE WORLD'S LARGEST NAVAL ENCOUNTER
For four days in October 1944, the seas around the island of Leyte bore witness to what some believe is the biggest battle in naval history.
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, began on October 23, pitting the combined force of the U.S. and Australian forces against the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Three days earlier, the Americans had launched an attack on Leyte; the Japanese responded with Sho-Go - an operation designed to lure U.S. forces away from the San Bernardino Strait.
But the Japanese navy was attacked by U.S. submarines as it moved into position on October 23 - the first of four major encounters over the battle.
The Musashi survived this first encounter, but the next day, as it passed through the Sibuyan Sea, came under bombardment from the U.S. warplanes.
It was first hit at 10.30am, and then again in a second wave.
However, the ship did not finally disappear under the waves until 7.30pm that evening. It had been struck by at least 17 bombs and 19 torpedoes during the battle.
By October 26 - the end of the battle - the Japanese lost 26 battleships, but only sank six of the U.S.'s ships.
The Japanese had also suffered huge numbers of casualties: more than 10,000 men are believed to have died. The Allied Forces, on the other hand, lost around 1,500.
The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the largest loss the Japanese Navy had ever encountered
Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica and MilitaryHistory.com
THIS IS A CUTE COVER STORY.
The truth is the Japanese had a massive stolen treasure in gold. They hid most of it in The Philippines. Shipments to Manila and back to Japan were attacked. Much is at the bottom of the sea. What is Paul Allen looking for? I think the answer is obvious.
AFTER WORLD WAR II a vast gold hoard of Japanese gold (most of which was stolen from other Asian countries) was found hidden in over 175 different sites in the Philippine Islands by a member of General Charles Willoughby‘s staff. Willoughby was General MacArthur’s Chief of Intelligence.
According to financial expert Bix Weir, the treasure apparently involved more than 300,000 tons of gold and other treasures. He didn’tt state what part of the find was gold, but he did note that the total of all mined gold in the world was believed to be 140,000 tons. Thus, the Japanese gold find in the Philippines must have been at best only some part of the 140,000 tons.
THIS TREASURE has been known by many names including Yamashita‘s Treasure, The Golden Lily Treasure, The Black Eagle Fund and many other variants. This revelation became known to the public from the 2003 release of the book “Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold,” written by Sterling and Peggy Seagraves.
A 75 kilo solid gold bar found in the Philippines—just one of a very large hoard allegedly buried by the Japanese.
The gold find in the 1940s would have crushed the value of monetary gold around the world. Because the US Government was the largest holder of monetary gold, it would have significantly devalued US reserves if made public. Its revelation would also have allowed claims from certain Asian countries that the gold belonged to them. This would have upset the balance of power and wealth in the region.
AS A RESULT, the US decided to keep the treasure find a secret. Every US President since Truman has known about the treasure and the organizations that grew up around it. Weir dogmatically asserts that the institutions that were involved with it are vast and powerful—including JP Morgan, Citigroup, AIG, the World Bank, Morgan Stanley and the rest.
George Bush was asked, “Which is the richest country in the world today?”
He answered, “The Philippines, Marcos knew it, but he could not talk.”
Washington power players from the early days of Bill Donovan and William Casey to modern times with the Bushes and Dick Cheney have used this treasure trove to advance their agendas. Today they are known as “The Enterprise” and are now the evil step child of the United States that no one dare speak of.
Over the years, this gold has been used as the main source of covert funding by the US and Western intelligence agencies to manipulate financial markets, overthrow governments, and enrich the personal coffers of those who have been charged with administering it.
Has Massive WWII Gold Hoard Been Found?
“The biggest economic discovery in history… worth $100 trillion”
A MAN claiming to have in his group’s possession the legendary treasure known as“Yamashita’s Gold,” consisting of over $100 trillion worth of precious metals and bank funds, was released from federal prison on July 3, 2013, and has agreed to speak withAmerican Free Press to discuss details of the matter. He stated that “this money will pay off the budget deficit, and provide for Social Security and healthcare for perpetuity.”
“I have the assets you wrote about in your March 2012 article. I have been detained by USA authorities for 3 years for not turning them over without a contract or knowledge of how they would be used and to keep the discovery a secret. I have the largest treasure find in history and need an outlet to expose it all…”
More: American Free Press | “World needs $100 trillion more credit.”—World Economic Forum
THE BOTTOM LINE on this is that the US government and its agencies since 1945 have gained access to large amounts of gold which have never been accounted for. If the US government, through its plunge protection team and other financial manipulating activities, has needed large sums of gold to manipulate the gold markets during the last many years, those sums of gold could have been easily made available through clandestine means—like the CIA.
Japanese supply routes for gold