Dive Truk Lagoon: The Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks (Hardcover)

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Dive Truk Lagoon: The Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks (Hardcover)


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The 50-mile wide lagoon of Truk Atoll, far out in the remote expanses of the Pacific, is quite simply the greatest wreck diving location in the world. Scores of virtually intact Japanese WWII wrecks of transport ships, still filled with cargoes of tanks, trucks, artillery, beach mines, shells and aircraft, rest in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon - along with two Japanese destroyers and one submarine - each today a man-made reef teeming with sea life.

The seemingly impregnable fortress islands of Truk Atoll were a powerful air base and the main forward anchorage for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). On 4 February 1944, a daring 2,000-mile long-range U.S. reconnaissance flight revealed the Truk lagoon to be full of the might of the Imperial Japanese Navy, along with scores of large supply ships and transports. The Allies decided to attack immediately andTask Force 58, codename Operation HAILSTONE, was formed. At dawn on 17 February 1944, an initial fighter sweep of Truk by 72 F6F Hellcat fighters roared in over Truk under Japanese radar - catching the Japanese by complete surprise. With air superiority established, U.S dive-bombers and torpedo-bombers spent two days sinking all the large ships trapped in the lagoon.

These sunken ships, with their war cargoes, were largely forgotten about until 1969, when Jacques Cousteau located and filmed many of the wrecks. The resulting TV documentary, Lagoon of Lost Ships, went viral and the beautiful wrecks, untouched since WWII, have proved an irresistible lure for thousands of divers each year since then.

New illustrations of most of the previously unillustrated wrecks have now been specially created to make this book the most comprehensive guide to diving Truk Lagoon that has ever been produced.


Rod Macdonald is one of the world's pre-eminent shipwreck explorers and an international best-selling author of a number of classic shipwreck diving books. His books about his diving adventures around the world include Dive Palau; Into the Abyss, diving to adventure in the liquid world; The Darkness Below; Great British Shipwrecks and Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Seas. Hometown: Scotland,
Product Details ISBN: 9781849955416
ISBN-10: 1849955417
Publisher: Whittles
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English