Sunken shipwrecks and crashed aircraft from the Second World War’s Operation Hailstone have been captured on camera underwater in their final resting place..
A series of ghostly underwater photos reveals the final resting place of sunken ships and aircraft lost at the height of the Second World War. The sub-aquatic graveyard on the Pacific Ocean floor 1,800km from Micronesia is made up of more than 40 ships and 250 aircraft lost in a two-day attack on the Japanese in 1944.
Cruisers, auxiliaries and merchant ships were destroyed when the Allied Forces launched Operation Hailstone, seriously damaging Japan’s presence in the Pacific. During the Second World War the Japanese used the surrounding islands of Truk Lagoon as a base against the Allied Forces in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Operation Hailstone was a massive naval air and surface attack launched on February 16–17, 1944, during World War II by the United States Navy against the Japanese naval and air base at Truk in the Caroline Islands, a pre-war Japanese territory.
Seventy-one years on from Operation Hailstone, the site – which is the largest underwater graveyard of its kind, is popular with divers as fish invade the decayed wreckage... (read full story at: http://home.bt.com/)
Haunting photographs reveal WW2’s largest sub-aquatic graveyard.