“Fly’ in Home” the M4 Sherman destroyed on Peleliu island, October 18th, 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and additional information by Seth Erazmus A lone Sherman tank wreck is located on Peleliu island, still echoing the ferocity of warfare. According to Mr. Seth Erazmus, this specific tank was named “Fly’in Home” and was destroyed on October 18th, 1944 along with most of her crew. The grandfather of Mr. Seth Erazmus was the […]

The hidden WW2 Pacific treasures of Babeldaob island: A buried Type 95 Ha-Gō (九五式軽戦車 ハ号) light tank

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Shinohara Naoto Babeldaob is the largest island in the island nation of the Republic of Palau. During World War II a Japanese garrison on Babeldaob was composed of 21,449 Imperial Japanese Army men under the command of Lieutenant-General Sadae Inoue and 8,286 Imperial Japanese Navy men under the command of Vice-Admiral Kenmi Itoh. While Babeldaob […]

Straight out of the jungle: The WW2 Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go tanks forgotten in time

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Dirk H.R. Spennemann  According to Dirk H.R. Spennemann at the end of World war II the US forces requested that the Japanese concentrate their equipment for disarmamment. All tanks were parked for inspection on the Etscheidt property outside Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Several of the tanks were pulled out of the […]

The search for the surviving crew members of HMS Whelp, by Victoria L. Short

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos submitted by Victoria L. Short and used by permission History is written by millions of young men, individuals who gave their all and fought for their ideals during World War 2. One such case is Leslie Wilfred Dodge, who served as a stoker on HMS Whelp. Leslie Wilfred Dodge passed away in […]

The WW2 Japanese destroyer Hibiki Shipwreck off Karamzin island in Vladivostok, by underwater photographer Aleksei Kondratuk 響

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Aleksei Kondratuk www.uwvision.com used by permission Karamzin Island is a military area for target practice and home to some splendid shipwrecks. Russian underwater photographer Aleksei Kondratuk recently visited one of the most important WW2 shipwrecks in the area of Vladivostok, the naval base of the Russian Pacific Fleet.   At a depth […]

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 […]

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 […]