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Six weeks after the U.S. Task Force 58 fast carrier raid on Truk Lagoon, OPERATION HAILSTONE, the 12 carriers of Task Force 58 reformed for a surprise raid on the great naval shipping and air hub of Palau, 1100 nautical miles west of Truk.
The 2-day raid took place on 30/31 March 1944 and was codenamed OPERATION DESECRATE 1. An initial dawn sweep by 72 Hellcat fighters cleared the air of Japanese opposition allowing the TF58 dive- and torpedo-bombers to pound and sink all the shipping found in the Lagoon.
Today some 20 Japanese WWII wrecks are left in the lagoon – along with many aircraft. You can read the full story of the raid and its legacy in Dive Palau – the shipwrecks