By Pierre Kosmidis
Dan Farnham has been living on Kwajalein, working as a civilian contractor for the US Army, since December 2005.
Dan has completed Parts 1 to 7, regarding WW2 Japanese aircraft wrecks in the lagoon and this is a wrap-up of all the stories and photos.
All the links are below in RED and by clicking them you can read the stories and see the photos.
The series will continue with the US aircraft wrecks located in the area, so stay tuned for more fascinating features and photo documentation of the WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Atoll.
Dan, along with a group of fellow history enthusiasts, is spearheading “The Kwajalein Missing in Action (MIA) Project” an all-volunteer team which is made up of 28 members, which fulfill such critical roles as research, side-scan sonar operations, diving operations, public relations, fundraising, and other tasks.
Dan came to Kwajalein because of his life-long interest in World War II history, specifically the Pacific Theater of operations. As a young kid in the late 70’s he watched the old TV show Baa Baa Black Sheep, which started his interest in World War II history.
Movies such as Tora, Tora, Tora, Midway, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, and others counted among his early favorites as well.
In addition, one of his hobbies for many years was scale modeling and before coming to Kwajalein he had already built dozens of models of World War II planes, concentrating in 1/48 scale.
Dan has undertaken a project of epic proportions, to document, dive and explore all known wrecks in Kwajalein Atoll, both US as well as Japanese aircraft, as a lasting tribute to the men killed during WW2.
Kwajalein is the world’s largest coral atoll and comprises 93 islands and islets, it has a land area of 1,560 acres (6.33 km²) and surrounds one of the largest lagoons in the world, measuring 324 mi² (839 km²) in size.
The Battle of Kwajalein was fought from 31 January to 3 February 1944, with the US forces launching a twin assault on the main islands of Kwajalein in the south and Roi-Namur in the north. The Japanese defenders put up stiff resistance, although outnumbered and under-prepared. The determined defense of Roi-Namur left only 51 survivors of an original garrison of 3,500.
CLICK THE LINKS IN RED TO READ THE FULL STORIES AND SEE THE PHOTOS
The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 2 – Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, the only man who has bombed the continental US and the story of the E14Y1 floatplanes found in a shipwreck
The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 3 – “Gegibu Betty”, the Japanese G4M bomber found in an uninhabited island of the Pacific
The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 4 – The Aichi E13A “Jake” wrecks of Ebeye island
The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 5- The F1M2 ‘Pete’ wreck at the Shoei Maru
The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 6 – The H6K ‘Mavis’ float plane wrecks of Ebeye Island
The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 7 – Exploring the A6M2 Zero aircraft wreck of Roi island