By Rod Macdonald
Truk Lagoon is sort of easily the best break diving position on the earth. ratings of just about 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 lifestyles. Truk was once 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 way 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 keeping greater than 500 strive against plane steamed in the direction of Truk—supported via a monitor of battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines. sooner than sunrise on 17 February, Strike teams of 12 Hellcat combatants swept in low in the direction of Truk below jap radar and instantly started strafing jap airfields. quickly, countless numbers of plane have been interested in 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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Extra resources for Dive Truk Lagoon: The Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks
Strike 2B aircraft from Intrepid pressed home their attacks along with Strike 3B aircraft from Bunker Hill. 3 and proceeded to make its counter-clockwise sweep around the lagoon to intercept any Japanese vessels trying to leave the lagoon. 3 at 0750 the next day). During this sweep, the Japanese cruiser Katori, damaged several hours earlier by Strike aircraft, was spotted steaming with her two escort destroyers and minesweeping trawler and intercepted some forty miles outside the lagoon. 9 battleships New Jersey and Iowa, along with the cruisers Minneapolis and New Orleans and the destroyers Burns and Bradford, engaged the Japanese squadron.
Pacific Fleet. The vast lagoon is fringed by coral reef nearly 140 miles in circumference and large vessels could only enter the 40–50-mile-diameter lagoon through five navigable passes which were flanked by coastal defence guns set on the islands on either side. 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.
The vast cargo holds of the tens of freighters at anchor in the lagoon held valuable cargoes of war materials such as munitions, torpedoes, shells, anti-invasion beach mines, tanks, trucks, field artillery and the like, all destined to resupply the warships and fortify Truk’s land defences against an anticipated amphibious assault by the Allies. As a result of this first overflight, the Japanese Fleet would now as a matter of urgency reposition itself away from Truk and attempt to combat the American drive towards the Philippines.
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