By Rod Macdonald
Truk Lagoon is kind of easily the best ruin diving situation on the planet. rankings of just about intact huge WWII wrecks choked with cargoes of tanks, vans, artillery, seashore mines, shells and plane leisure within the crystal transparent waters of the Lagoon—each a synthetic reef teeming with existence. Truk was once the most ahead anchorage for the japanese Imperial army and service provider fleet throughout the early days of WWII. The lagoon have been fortified through the japanese in nice secrecy through the 1930s—the Allies knew little approximately it.
In overall secrecy Operation Hailstone used to be ready: 9 U.S. companies conserving greater than 500 wrestle airplane steamed in the direction of Truk—supported via a monitor of battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines. sooner than sunrise on 17 February, Strike teams of 12 Hellcat opponents swept in low in the direction of Truk lower than jap radar and instantly started strafing eastern airfields. quickly, 1000's of airplane have been eager about one of many biggest aerial dogfights of WWII which used to be over inside an hour.
This is the fantastic tale of Truk Lagoon and the turning of the tide within the Pacific War.
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S. aircraft. Strike 2B aircraft from Intrepid pressed home their attacks along with Strike 3B aircraft from Bunker Hill. 3 and proceeded to make its counter-clockwise sweep around the lagoon to intercept any Japanese vessels trying to leave the lagoon. 3 at 0750 the next day). During this sweep, the Japanese cruiser Katori, damaged several hours earlier by Strike aircraft, was spotted steaming with her two escort destroyers and minesweeping trawler and intercepted some forty miles outside the lagoon.
Dog-Day Minus One The aerial torpedo and bomb strikes commence Immediately following the dawn 72-plane F6F Hellcat fighter sweep of the lagoon, successive carrier Group Strikes of Douglas SBD Dauntless and Curtiss SBD2C Helldriver dive-bombers and Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo-bombers, protected by F6F Hellcat fighter escorts, made ready to take off to attack the vulnerable shipping in the lagoon. In all, six waves of aircraft would lift off from each of the carriers – forming up in the air for six co-ordinated Group Strikes spread throughout the day.
Once they were about fifteen minutes flying time from Truk, the Strike Groups of Hellcats started to rise up to their designated patrol altitudes. At 0520–0530, Japanese radar based in Truk detected the approach of a large formation of aircraft and the Truk Commander of the Japanese Inner South Pacific Forces, ViceAdmiral Kobayashi, ordered the highest state of alarm. An initial Japanese analysis of the radar reflections concluded that a large land-based bomber formation was approaching Truk – it wasn’t believed that such a large force could be solely carrier-based fighter aircraft.