Underwater Photographer Captures An Eerie Graveyard Of Abandoned World War II Aircraft 70 Years later
130 feet below the surface, in Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands, lies a history that is gone but not forgotten.70 years ago, American Navymen got the word that the South Pacific would fall silent: the war was won and it was time to go home. No more would Americans live in fear of hunter U-Boats or Japanese Imperial Navy scouts, and the need for anything war-related was suddenly worth a lot less.
70 YEARS IN THE DEEP
When the Navy aircraft carriers were taking up anchor and setting a course for American soil, the numbers didn’t lie. Logistically, to transport all the warplanes of the South Pacific back home to America wasentirely cost-ineffective. There was no need for fleets of bombers and fighter planes back at home; not after America unleashed the two nuclear bombs over Japan. This meant captains were told to dump the warplanes overboard to save costs, and down into the deep they sank to sit in the sand.
DEEP BENEATH THE SURFACE
Since the 60s, divers have enjoyed these warplanes in their final resting place, and as time went by environmental factors caused the metal planes to deteriorate. As they disintegrated beneath the surface,new life took hold in the cockpits and cabins and provided a sheltered home in the middle of a vast oceanic desert. Brandi Mueller, a diving instructor and captain himself, went diving in Kwajalein Atoll to capture the warplanes in high definition for generations to come.
AN UNDERWATER GRAVEYARD
MULTIPLE WORLD WAR II PLANES LAY ON THE SEABED
The site includes Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsairs, TBF/TBM Avengers, Helldivers, B-25 Mitchells, Curtiss C-46 Commandos and F4F Wildcats, one plane even balanced on its nose! With the plane kissing the ocean floor and dating the sea life of the Marshall Islands, the resting site of these historic aircraft is a beautiful and fitting contrast to their original purpose.
130 FEET BELOW…
A BLAST INTO THE PAST