The amazing wrecks of Truk Lagoon, by Aleksei Kondratuk

By Pierre Kosmidis Light Japanese tank Ha-Go Truk Lagoon is considered as the “Holy Grail” of wreck diving worldwide, due to the wide variety of wrecks, many of them in nearly intact condition. PHOTO CREDITS: ALEKSEI KONDRATUK Aleksei Kondratuk in Chuuk (formerly known as Truk) Aleksei Kondratuk, a scuba diver and underwater photographer from Vladivostok, Russia, […]

Nαυάγιο “ΟΡΙΑ”: 4.000 Ιταλοί αιχμάλωτοι στο βυθό του Σαρωνικού

By Pierre Kosmidis CLICK TO READ THE STORY IN ENGLISH  Το ναυάγιο του ατμόπλοιου «Όρια» στο Γαϊδουρονήσι, μια τραγωδία στα σκοτεινά χρόνια της Κατοχής το Φεβρουάριο του 1944, η οποία είχε σχεδόν τριπλάσιο αριθμό θυμάτων σε σύγκριση με τον Τιτανικό, έχει μείνει ξεχασμένη στα συρτάρια της Ιστορίας. Λίγοι γνωρίζουν ότι περισσότεροι από 4.000 Ιταλοί αιχμάλωτοι […]

Wreck of a 1915 “X-lighter” that served at the WW1 Gallipoli campaign

By Pierre Kosmidis Period photos: Xiradakis Family Archives Wreck photos: Helen Tsouropoulou Research: Aris Mpilalis-Kostas Thoktaridis Near Makronissos island, Greece, a team of  experienced wreck divers, Kostas Thoktaridis, Nicholas Vassilatos and Helen Tsopouropoulou, explored a wreck of exceptional beauty and rich history. The motor ship “Barba Thomas” (Uncle Tom) has an interesting history as she was built in 1915 in the UK […]

The ship sunk with… oranges in 1918 and the wreck of Paris

By Pierre Kosmidis During war, ships are being sunk by enemy action, submarines, surface ships, mines, or due to bad weather. Not many ships though are sunk by a load of…. oranges. This was exactly the fate of a French patrol boat, the Alexandra, which sank on March 8th, 1918, thanks to an ingenious plan by […]

The story of the Greek battleship “Kilkis” sunk by Stuka bombers on April 23, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Battleship Kilkis (Greek: Θ/Κ Κιλκίς) was a 13,000 ton Mississippi-class battleship originally built by the US Navy in 1904–1908. The Stuka dive bombers hit “Lemnos” in the background, with “Kilkis” visible in the middle of the photo As Mississippi she was purchased by the Greek Navy in 1914, and renamed Kilkis, along […]

The haunting remains of the Aikoku Maru wreck in Truk

By Pierre Kosmidis On 21 January 1944, Aikoku Maru loaded the 629 men of the 66th Naval Guard Unit, with ammunition, supplies and construction materials. The convoy was attacked 300 nautical miles (560 km; 350 mi) NW of Truk by the submarine USS Trigger, which sank the minelayer Nasami and transport Yasukuni Maru; however, Aikoku […]

Diving at the WW2 Japanese submarine I-1 wreck in Guadalcanal

By Pierre Kosmidis Michael McFadyen from Sydney, Australia has been a keen scuba diver and has visited some of the most iconic WW2 Pacific Treasures, including the I-1 Imperial Japanese Navy submarine wreck in Guadalcanal Island, the SS President Coolidge in Vanuatu, the USS Aaron Ward in the Solomons, and the San Francisco Maru in Chuuk. […]

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By Pierre Kosmidis WW2wrecks.com is now on Pinterest. Check the link below and follow the action! https://www.pinterest.com/ww2wrecks/