How The Second World War Could Have Ended Differently

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
27 September 1939.
On August 19, the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was discovered 5,500 metres underwater.

The USS Indianapolis was struck on her starboard side by two Type 95 torpedoes, one in the bow and one amidships, from the Japanese submarine I-58, under the command of Mochitsura Hashimoto, who initially thought he had spotted an "Idaho-class battleship".

The explosions caused massive damage.

Indianapolis took on a heavy list, and settled by the bow.

Twelve minutes later, she rolled completely over, then her stern rose into the air, and she plunged down.

Some 300 of the 1,196 crewmen went down with the ship.

With few lifeboats and many without lifejackets, the remainder of the crew were set adrift.

Indianapolis delivered parts for Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used in combat, to the United States air base at Tinian, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

"Little Boy" was the codename for the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

Had the shp been struck prior to delivery, the bomb could not have been used.

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