From: Winnipeg, MB
Interesting discussion of how/where/when HIJMS Chikuma and HIJMS Chokai were sunk with all hands along their attendant destroyers. Neat photos too.
If you go to the thread below, Tully gives his thoughts on the recently released footage from RV Petrel of the Chokai's wreck and what it might suggest happened to her off Samar.
Tully states that the (current) wreck evidence runs counter to what was suggested in his original 1998 article regarding the possible explosion of Chokai's loaded torpedo tubes:-
"What the wreck already tells us is that bomb damage is certainly present, but so also is shell fire holes it appears, and evidence of some fire -- but none of the torpedo tube mounts proper exploded. In fact, they don't look to have been loaded and fired, or had fired already, and not yet reloaded. But all are empty. So whatever made CHOKAI un-navigable -- it was not a MIKUMA (or SUZUYA) level of torpedo mount explosions -- despite that having seemed the most likely explanation to date. (Just shows how crucial examining a wreck is if you get that luxury!)".
And as mentioned in many of the ".....Found" threads on the forum, the work of the Paul Allen group is just incredible.
Weren't the Kampon boilers famous for being unreliable and liable to explode when run up to full pressure? That could make a mess below decks.
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth