Truk Lagoon: Japan’s Pearl Harbour
The planet’s greatest concentration of WW2 shipwrecks lie in a remote lagoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And outside the diving community, nobody seems to have heard of it! Throughout the Second World War, the lagoon was the principal base for the Japanese fleet – a mid-ocean fortress they believed to be impenetrable. But then came Operation Hailstone, a massive airstrike which changed the course of the Pacific War. Over two days in 1944, American aircraft sunk around 40 Japanese ships and destroyed hundreds of warplanes. This was the American payback for the attack on Pearl Harbour.