Dive Truk Lagoon: The Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks by Rod Macdonald

By Rod Macdonald

Truk Lagoon is kind of easily the best break diving situation on the earth. rankings of almost intact huge WWII wrecks choked with cargoes of tanks, vehicles, artillery, seashore mines, shells and plane relaxation within the crystal transparent waters of the Lagoon—each a synthetic reef teeming with existence. Truk used to be the most ahead anchorage for the japanese Imperial army and service provider fleet throughout the early days of WWII. The lagoon were fortified via the japanese in nice secrecy through the 1930s—the Allies knew little approximately it.

In overall secrecy Operation Hailstone used to be ready: 9 U.S. providers keeping greater than 500 wrestle airplane steamed in the direction of Truk—supported by way of a display of battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines. earlier than sunrise on 17 February, Strike teams of 12 Hellcat opponents swept in low in the direction of Truk less than eastern radar and instantly begun strafing jap airfields. quickly, 1000s of plane have been curious about one of many biggest aerial dogfights of WWII which used to be over inside an hour.

This is the superb tale of Truk Lagoon and the turning of the tide within the Pacific War.

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Efforts from the rear. S. submarine Permit reported that heavy ships, believed to be the battleships Nagato and Fusō, had left Truk – the Americans were unaware however that by now the majority of the Imperial Japanese Navy warships had left the lagoon. Only a few lighter IJN warships now remained along with naval auxiliaries, cargo vessels and tankers. Most of the 80 or so vessels at anchor in Truk were armed merchantmen. Every day, unaware of the stealthy approach of the American carrier force, more and more Japanese freighters were arriving from Japan or from other beleaguered Japanese strongholds.

Most were subsequently shipped to Japan for internment in prison or forced-labour camps, but those unfortunate Americans who were left on Truk would not leave alive.

Rabaul had become the main base for Japanese military and naval activity in the South Pacific. From Rabaul, Japanese troop reinforcements had been sent to reinforce the Guadalcanal garrison holding out against the American attempts to take the island. S. Central Pacific Force was created, comprising carriers, battleships and an amphibious force. Crucial to American naval plans were long-range, fast carrier striking Task Forces. S. Fleet anchorages. Better-defended atolls, or those where heavy casualties had to be expected, would not be assaulted; they would be neutralised by air strikes and rendered useless to the Japanese.

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