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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The WW2 submarine wreck sticking out of the seabed!

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Ura Tamaki The graveyard of no less than 24 Japanese submarines was located at a depth of approximately 200 metres close to Goto Islands in Japan. These submarines, along with other Imperial Japanese vessels were scuttled by the US Forces, after the end of WW2, following a close evaluation of their […]