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The 2001 first edition of WW II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon (title remaining in italics) is now available. This book has been a concentrated work in progress since 1992 and includes a great amount of never before-published information resulting from new diving discoveries and further archival research..

Categories that have been greatly expanded in this new book include:

  1. Descriptions of the wrecks.
  2. Descriptions of the artifacts, war supplies, and armaments.
  3. Drawings of wrecks showing important features.
  4. War histories of the ships.
  5. Japanese installations and defenses (descriptions, drawings, photos, and damage to)
  6. Japanese ships present during Operation Hailstone (including attacks on and damage to)
  7. Details of the Operation Hailstone, April 29-30, 1944, and Army Air Force aerial campaigns against Truk.
  8. Aerial combat between Japanese and American planes.
  9. American/Japanese planes lost.
  10. The Japanese response to Operation Hailstone.
  11. Atrocities against captured American flyers.
  12. Technical deep diving at Truk.
  13. Diving requirements and skill levels needed.

This book has the most detailed and complete compilation of information regarding the Japanese occupation and build-up of Truk into a strategic naval base, the air campaigns against ships, aircraft, and installations, and the exploration/descriptions of the ships and aircraft wrecks ever written. The text is complemented by 150 color plates, 101 black and white photos, and 173 graphics (maps and illustrations).

Description of book,


This beautiful book is the result of sixteen years of research, underwater search/discovery, and exploration of Palau's ship and aircraft wrecks. The book contains descriptive text, underwater photos of the wrecks, and ship/aircraft profile drawings.  Spectacular black and white action photos showing ships and installations under attack and color images depicting the beauty of the islands are spread throughout the book. Sixty-nine illustrations and 37 maps illustrate the mining operations of U.S. planes, locations of wrecks, and diagrams of Japanese installations. Palau's World War II history as an important Japanese naval base is detailed starting with the Japanese occupation of the islands followed by the U.S. carrier air strikes including Operation DESECRATE ONE, Operation SNAPSHOT, and the preliminaries of Operation STALEMATE II. Several appendices are provided as reference for the reader including information on the Japanese war standard ship construction programs, aerial mine characteristics, high velocity aircraft rockets, Palau's rumored treasure wrecks, and an interview with the former President of Palau who shares his wartime experiences.

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