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20 thoughts on “Kwajalein Airplane Graveyard | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Far from being obsolete at the beginning of the war, the Dauntless was one of the few bright spots in US naval aviation, and dive bombing was one of the only areas where we had relative parity with the Japanese. By the end of the war, the SBD was definitely showing its age, and was largely being replaced by newer types; this is one reason you saw so many on the bottom. As newer, more capable aircraft were brought into service and sent out to the fleet, the older aircraft (including undamaged ones) were often simply shoved over the side to make room for them.

    The Japanese weren't quite so wasteful; they would have loaded them up with bombs and explosives and sent them off on kamikaze missions….

  2. Many many planes were dumped off of aircraft carriers in the Pacific once the Navy knew the war was over. An old timer who was a squid in the navy told me years ago that he helped get rid of some of the planes that were practically new…. what a shame

  3. Back in the very early 90's we chartered our 36' catamaran sail boat to take two divers up in the aircraft graveyard to find a particular B-25 that had been flown by a relative. The "Graveyard" is closer to Roi Namur than Kwaj so we had a 50'mile sail first. Our first dive was on a recently found Japanese ship. The deck was at about 110' and there were tool bags laying about where divers had been acquiring souvenirs. I was diving per the Navy dive table while the other two were on their computers. I went up first. We moved the boat to a different location and I surrendered my tank to the other divers. They dove and found more than one B-25 but failed to find the particular one they were looking for. The water that day was not real clear. You could only see about 70' clearly. Also no wet suits were involved. We were diving compressed air and didn't have the mixed gas available now. My Wife and I accumulated more than 500 dives during the 8yrs we were in the Marshall Islands. Numerous wrecks were filmed; including the Prince Eugen.

  4. WOW! Fantastic photography….and a nice narrative….this video really needs to be longer.
    I could watch for hours…so intriguing. I didn't know they were pushing planes off the decks after the war ended.
    Thank you…and keep'um coming. ✌😁

  5. Nice video. Ever consider going to the Philippines and filming the IJN battleships sunk there?

    Here are a couple of links you may find interesting:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpt6Bvr2L-s
    http://www.loyceedeen.org/

    We owe petty officer Deen more than we could ever repay.

  6. Wow, what story line.
    I wonder who will take charge of those sunken ships and planes.

    Their should be a join forces effort. Perfect peace treaty!

    I hope the divers track those discoveries to help relocate and map the warish evidence. With our changing times and quality of mind.
    Hopefully there are more peaceful examples to then service ourselves and the senviornment.
    We can learn how those wreckage’s provide shelter for small fishes. Although they are knot that smart as we are. Also the combination of material distance converted. It has harsh hurtness there and dispirit track records and faded glory.
    The hurt goes to food for fish and fish to other marine life including the food chain distances, even back to ourselves.
    In which it is affected and unwell.

    It better to plan for extraction of those wreckage’s resolve and knot continuing intense tolerance instead.

    Corrosive Taint tones for cellular sensitivity is bad and quite urgent for relief.
    Even rust tones are less lively for cell level squality.
    Let’s hurry soon.

    Thank you to all who are smart enough.
    To help make this video and all those to help make sense for us dearly? Time is of the essence.

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