The Legacy of
Truk Lagoon is one of the most fascinating locations
in the Pacific. This video covers the WWII history that scattered
war wrecks over the islands and sunken in the Lagoon when at dawn
of February 17, 1944 US carrier aircraft attacked. This video includes
interviews, dive footage and history of Truk Lagoon.
The video begins with an interview with Kiyoo
Sato, a torpedo officer, who witness the American raid of February
17, 1944. Also, Hyogo Matsumoto, a gunner on the Fumitsuki. Other interviews include Yorktown pilots, recalling
the raid from their old ship, today a museum at patriots point Charleston,
SC. On the first day of the raids, carrier pilots from the Yorktown
alone flew 220 sorties. And, that night TBF's conducted night time
attacks with 500 lbs bombs and guided by radar. These twelve TBF's
inflicted 20% of the raid's damage - an impressive contribution. The
Japanese were under attack 24 hours a day.
In addition, interviews with Trukees Islanders provide
the local perspective on events, including the February raid. Michael
Marcus, of Moen clearly remembers the children running out outside
- thinking all the noise was a big party, before being chased into
cover by the Japanese.
Diving and Tourism
The war ended for Truk with surrender on
September 2, 1945 surrender aboard Portland. Life after the attack
slowly returned to normal, and residents never would have thought
that the scars of war would become a coveted destination for SCUBA
divers from around the world. The viewer joins Gradvin Aisek, of the
Blue Lagoon Dive Shop for day and night dives of the lagoon.
Diving the Wrecks of Truk
The video includes superb underwater video and photography,
of famous ships of Truk, and the oasis of sea life they have become.
Included are the Fujikawa
Maru bottles, holds, stores and torpedo hole. Also, Japanese
submarine I-169 lifting cables, and the story of the tragedy that failed to rescue
sailors trapped inside. Other wrecks explored include the Yamaguri
Maru and aircraft wrecks.
Search for Taiho Maru
The final segment of the video accompanies Truk Lagoon
researcher and author, Klaus Linermann and Canadian Side Scanning
radar expert, Peter Fox search for the Taiho Maru.
Located 13 years ago by Klaus, whose bow was obliterated by the force
of the explosion that sunk the ship due to aviation fuel aboard.
Review by Justin Taylan
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October 23, 2019