In Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands lies a secret submerged for 70 years. At the end of World War Two the guns went silent and it was time to begin building for peace. Military equipment suddenly became worthless; countries no longer had need for 1000s of aircraft and supplies. This was the age of the Atom Bomb and vast bomber squadrons became instantly defunct. With equipment stationed all over the globe, it became cost-ineffective to ship it all home to be simply scrapped. The captains of the US Navy carriers based in the South Pacific received orders to dump their squadrons of aircraft overboard where they could decay safely at the bottom of the ocean.
These forgotten historical remnants were re-discoved by divers in the 1960s and as the wrecks deteriorated they took on a new life becoming home for the vast array of aquatic life present in the warm Pacific seas. At these depths light is unable travel efficiently so only the shorter wavelengths have the energy to travel to your eyes resulting in the dive site being washed in a deep blue colour. When illuminated the saturated colours of the fish and coral shine through.
The site is a treasure trove for aviation enthusiasts with wrecks that include Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsairs fighters, TBF/TBM Avengers, Helldivers bombers, B-25 Mitchells, Curtiss C-46 Commandos and F4F Wildcat fighters.
However, you don’t have to be an aviation expert to appreciate the eerie beauty of these previously forgotten aeronautical grave yards.