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 […]