Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship

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Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship
WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND > 1K M deep by MY Octopus Sibuyan sea, bow Chrysanthemum, huge anchor. http://t.co/b9ZMA0icI8
Musashi expedition captures amazing video of remarkable WWII warship http://t.co/Ry1NZ4nveW http://t.co/X27GTJMiKl
RIP crew of Musashi, appx 1023 lost. The pic of the valve 1st confirmation of Japanese origin (clues 2 use apprec). http://t.co/BcJgkhWskb
Filipino World War II historian Professor Rico Jose shows pictures during an attack on Japanese World War II battleship Musashi at his office in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Jose said “Now that they discovered this ship in Philippine waters, it puts an end to a lot of questions, where it sank, what kind of damage it sustained and all of this. It’s a very historical find and the fact is that this is one of only two battleships of this size and it’s in the Philippines.” Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen said he and his research team aboard his superyacht M/Y Octopus have found the wreckage of Musashi off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino World War II historian Professor Rico Jose shows pictures before the Japanese World War II battleship Musashi sank as he talks to reporters at his office in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Jose said “Now that they discovered this ship in Philippine waters, it puts an end to alot of questions, where it sank, what kind of damage it sustained and all of this. It’s a very historical find and the fact is that this is one of only two battleships of this size and it’s in the Philippines.” Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen said he and his research team aboard his superyacht M/Y Octopus have found the wreckage of Musashi off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 photo, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen listens during a a news conference in Seattle. Allen and his research team aboard his superyacht M/Y Octopus have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the war's end. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Sept. 20, 1941: Where dinosaurs roamed. Japan's super battleship IJNS YAMATO nearing completion at Kure - Photo YAMATO Museum and NHHC [US].
Sept. 9, 1945: HIJMS NAGATO, the last floating Japanese battleship, in Tokyo Bay - USN, NHHC.
This picture taken on October 24, 1944 shows Japanese battleship Musashi which sank in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines after coming under blistering US air raids. Musashi is one of the three then world's largest Yamato-scale vessels -- 263 metre long -- and the last warship built by the Japanese Imperial Army. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said March 4, 2015, he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
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TOKYO (AP) - A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II says he recognizes photos taken of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Shizuhiko Haraguchi served as a gunnery officer on the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, when it was being fitted in Japan before it departed for the Pacific in 1943.

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He said Thursday that he recognized underwater photos taken by Allen's team of a gun turret and a catapult system used to launch planes.

The apparent discovery on Sunday of the Musashi comes as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

The Musashi sank in October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. About half of its 2,400 crew died.

Billionaire Paul Allen and Team Find Sunken Japanese Warship Off Philippines

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