Photogrammetry: Documenting WW2 Wrecks in 3D

By Pierre Kosmidis Images: NOAA Bert Ho from the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center explains a new approach to documenting WW2 Wrecks: “Photogrammetry is a method of taking measurements or distances between objects from photographs. Usually, these measurements and distances can produce underwater 3D models of WW2 aircraft wrecks. Photogrammetry is visually a great […]

The Battle of the Coral Sea “stray” Zero

By Pierre Kosmidis A Japanese Zero fighter is resting in the shallow waters of Deboyne Lagoon, since 1942. This aircraft was ditched by her pilot, when the Zero ran out of fuel, because the carrier out of which it started her mission was sunk by US forces, during the Battle of the Coral Sea.   […]

The bamboo war: Japanese dummy aircraft of WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: U.S. National Archives   Since antiquity, fooling the enemy was an important element of warfare. The Japanese during WW2 used a series of decoy tactics, in order to fool their enemies in targeting dummy aircraft instead of the real ones. Some of their attempts proved to be so successful that after the […]

The intact Nakajima B5N “Kate” of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, by Rod Pearce

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 […]

FOUND! An intact Mitsubishi Zero A6M2b “Reisen” 零式艦上戦闘機

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 New Georgia campaign, 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by: William C. Shrout, LIFE Collections The New Georgia Campaign was a series of land and naval battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II between Allied forces and the Empire of Japan. It was part of Operation Cartwheel, the Allied strategy in the South Pacific. The campaign took place in […]

August 8, 1942: Japanese aerial assault on the U.S. fleet at Guadalcanal and Tulagi

By Pierre Kosmidis On the 7th August 1942, just eight months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, the United States started its island campaign in the Pacific – the U.S marines landed on the South Solomon islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida. The landings themselves were unopposed and the Japanese who had been holding […]