“Oria” shipwreck, the watery grave of 4,000 POWs in 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis The sinking of the steamship “Oria” in Gaidouronisi, a tragedy in the dark years of the nazi occupation of Greece in February 1944, which  resulted in 4,115 drowned Italian POWs, almost three times as many victims as the Titanic, is largely forgotten and kept in the dark drawers of history. Few people […]

R-194, the German Navy minesweeper sunk by Allied aircraft in 1944, off Corfu in Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and research submitted by George Karelas and used by permission CLICK THE LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE WRECK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le3Y_TSC-Y8 At a depth of approximately 55 metres, a WW2 wreck was located by a group of experienced Greek scuba divers, in 2015. The scuba diving expedition team consisting of Nikos Vasilatos, Eleni Tsopouropoulou, […]

The haunting remains of the Aikoku Maru wreck in Truk

By Pierre Kosmidis On 21 January 1944, Aikoku Maru loaded the 629 men of the 66th Naval Guard Unit, with ammunition, supplies and construction materials. The convoy was attacked 300 nautical miles (560 km; 350 mi) NW of Truk by the submarine USS Trigger, which sank the minelayer Nasami and transport Yasukuni Maru; however, Aikoku […]

Diving at the WW2 Japanese submarine I-1 wreck in Guadalcanal

By Pierre Kosmidis Michael McFadyen from Sydney, Australia has been a keen scuba diver and has visited some of the most iconic WW2 Pacific Treasures, including the I-1 Imperial Japanese Navy submarine wreck in Guadalcanal Island, the SS President Coolidge in Vanuatu, the USS Aaron Ward in the Solomons, and the San Francisco Maru in Chuuk. […]

Marburg: H βαθύτερη ταυτοποίηση ναυαγίου του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου στις ελληνικές θάλασσες

Κείμενο και φωτογραφίες: Γιώργος Καρέλας H παρατηρητικότητα του Νίκου Μαυρομμάτη οδήγησε πιθανώς στην ανακάλυψη ενός αμυντικού  όπλου που χρησιμοποίησαν οι Γεμανοί στον Β’ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο με σκοπό την εξάλειψη της απειλής των ναρκών. Στο καταδυτικό κέντρο  Aquatic World του Μάκη Σωτηρόπουλου στην Αγία Ευφημία της Κεφαλονιάς τον Ιούνιο η προβολή του video της βαθύτερης ταυτοποίησης […]

Mitsubishi F1M “Pete” and Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” by Andrew Hamilton

By Pierre Kosmidis The Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea  PHOTO: Andrew Hamilton Australian underwater photographer Andrew Hamilton recently shot images of theMitsubishi F1M “Pete” and Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” aircraft wrecks in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. Kavieng peninsula and airstrip  The Mitsubishi F1M “Pete”in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea  PHOTO: Andrew Hamilton Andrew Hamilton plans to visit […]

Found and identified: Two WW2 wrecks lost since April 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Helen Tsopouropoulou, used by permission In the bustling port of Piraeus nowadays, thousands of tourists from all over the world are waiting every day to sail for a holiday to the Aegean islands and dozens of ships of all types are berthed at the docks. Credit Image:  John H Marsh Maritime, […]