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. […]

FOUND! The F6F 3-Hellcat lost in January 1943

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 […]

Commemorating the crew of the RAAF Bristol Beaufort A9-317, lost on September 9, 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and documentation by Pamela Harrison www.ww2wrecks.com has previously featured a story on The WW2 “flying coffin” that never returned: The search for the lost Beaufort  Mrs. Pamela Harrison has dedicated her time and efforts to help locate the doomed aircraft and the final resting place of its crew members. On September 9, 2020, 77 […]

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 […]

“Pete” the Japanese nearly intact reconnaissance floatplane of Rabaul

By Pierre Kosmidis The Mitsubishi F1M (Allied reporting name “Pete”) was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 1,118 built between 1936 and 1944. The Navy designation was “Type Zero Observation Seaplane” (零式水上観測機), not to be confused with the Type Zero Carrier […]

Yosegaki Hinomaru 日の丸寄せ書き: Returning the flags of their fathers

By Pierre Kosmidis The nation of Japan experienced nearly 2,000,000 lost soldiers during the war for the Pacific. Of these, approximately 1,140,000 are still Missing In Action. That is, they were killed but no trace of their bodies was ever recovered. The Good Luck Flag, known as hinomaru yosegaki (日の丸寄せ書き) in the Japanese language, was […]