Identified! The Mongo Reisen ”Zero” A6M5 Model 52, SN # 4213, aircraft # 154

By Pierre Kosmidis Rod Pearce has dedicated his time and efforts finding underwater aircraft wrecks and seeking closure to the families of hundreds -if not thousands- of Missing in Action (MIA) airmen from all nations that fought during World War Two. Rod has been diving in Papua New Guinea for 40 years and is credited […]

The submerged Sherman tanks of Saipan

By Pierre Kosmidis The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June 1944 to 9 July 1944. The invasion fleet embarking the expeditionary forces left Pearl Harbor on June 5, 1944, the same day Operation Overlord […]

Aviation Archaeology: Unearthing the WW2 treasures of “Operation Lusty”

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: David J. Gray/Freeman Field Recovery Team Additional reading: Planehunters: Finding WW2 crashed aircraft and keeping the memories alive Shot down but not forgotten: The search for lost WW2 airmen and their crashed aircraft (PHOTOS and VIDEO)  Aviation enthusiasts and archaeologists unearthed possibly the largest “treasure trove” of WW2 aircraft parts and […]

Bob Halstead, the award-winning photographer

By Pierre Kosmidis As a teenager in England, Bob became fascinated by the underwater adventures of Hans and Lotte Hass. In 1968, armed with an Honours degree from King’s College London University in Physics/Mathematics and a Post-Grad. Certificate in Education, Bob departed England for a teaching post as Head of the Physics Department at Queen’s […]

The story of the Japanese Zero fighter aircraft at Vial Island

By Pierre Kosmidis The Japanese Zero fighter aircraft of Vial Island was found in 2007, lying upside on a sandy bottom. The landing gear is extended and the rubber tires remain mostly intact, albeit covered in marine life. Both wing flaps are extended. The right side of the fuselage has a hole, possibly caused by […]

The WW2 shipwrecks that disappeared: Underwater explorer Kevin Denlay’s interview on the lost fleet of the Pacific – PART 2

By Pierre Kosmidis – August 2017 Photos by Kevin Denlay (unless otherwise noted) Historical Photos: Kevin Denlay Collection READ PART ONE OF KEVIN DENLAY’S UNDERWATER EXPLORATIONS: WW2 Shipwreck exploration by Kevin Denlay: “Going back in time and bringing the ships back to life” – PART 1 Kevin Denlay is a pioneer in underwater exploration and has witnessed […]

Balalae island, a tragic story of loss during WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis Based on author Ken Wright’s account Balalae airfield lies obscured in the vicinity of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. It would have been the final destination of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy, flying from Rabaul to Balalae island, if his Mitsubishi G4M “Betty” light bomber of 705 Kōkūtai had not been shot […]

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