By Rod Macdonald
Truk Lagoon is sort of easily the best spoil diving place on this planet. ratings of almost intact huge WWII wrecks packed with cargoes of tanks, vans, artillery, seashore mines, shells and plane leisure within the crystal transparent waters of the Lagoon—each an artificial reef teeming with existence. Truk used to be the most ahead anchorage for the japanese Imperial army and service provider fleet in the course of the early days of WWII. The lagoon have been fortified by means of the japanese in nice secrecy in the course of the 1930s—the Allies knew little approximately it.
In overall secrecy Operation Hailstone used to be ready: 9 U.S. companies retaining greater than 500 wrestle plane steamed in the direction of Truk—supported by way of a display of battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines. prior to 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, enormous quantities of plane have been concerned about one of many greatest aerial dogfights of WWII which was once over inside of an hour.
This is the superb tale of Truk Lagoon and the turning of the tide within the Pacific War.
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Extra info for Dive Truk Lagoon: The Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks
The Musashi was clearly identified along with two aircraft carriers, 20 destroyers, 10 cruisers, 12 submarines and more than 50 other surface vessels such as tugs and tenders. S. High Command immediately advanced plans to attack shipping in the anchorage – the 19 Dive Truk Lagoon original plan had been for an attack on 15 April 1944. There was a division of opinion amongst American staff as to whether an amphibious assault on Truk should be staged or whether Truk should simply be neutralised without a full assault.
Once over the lagoon they encountered scattered cloud cover, which partially obscured some of the shipping below, but through gaps in the cloud were still able to take a number of photographs from a height of 20,000 feet. S. aircraft had arrived undetected, once they were overflying the lagoon they were spotted, and the Dublon Island shore AA battery opened up on the aircraft, soon followed by other shore batteries and some naval AA guns. Caught napping, with no patrolling fighters in the air, the Japanese scrambled two or three fast and agile Zero fighters and ‘Rufe’ seaplane fighters while the battleship Musashi, at anchor below, fired on one of the aircraft.
The high stone cliffs of the islands themselves acted as natural fortifications and the Japanese regarded the islands with airfields on them as unsinkable aircraft carriers. In early 1944 the Japanese began actively building up Truk’s defences against an anticipated American amphibious assault. Anti-submarine netting was placed around docks and key anchorages, and coastal defences and AA installations were also increased significantly. Heavy naval coastal defence guns were set in caves on strategic island peaks and promontories.