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On 17/18 February 1944, the nine fast carriers of U.S. Task Force 58 made a surprise 2-day air raid on the Japanese forward fortress of Truk Lagoon – far out into the Pacific. Operation Hailstone began with 72 USN Hellcat fighters launching in darkness for a dawn initial fighter sweep of the lagoon. After one of the largest dogfights of WWII, the Hellcats had cleared the skies of Japanese fighters – allowing successive waves of dive- and torpedo-bombers to sweep over the lagoon and attack the now vulnerable shipping below. More than 40 Japanese transport ships and destroyers were sunk – filled with their wartime cargoes of tanks, trucks, shells, munitions. Made famous by Cousteau in 1969, Truk Lagoon is without doubt the greatest wreck diving location in the world.
You can read more about Truk Lagoon and its amazing wrecks in these 2 books
Here are some videos of diving some of these famous wrecks: