A US Coastguard captain has discovered and photographed over 150 lost WWII aircrafts at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The discovery was made 8 kilometres from Roi-Namur Island, part of the Marshall Islands. The planes include several historic American wartime aircrafts, such as the TBF and TBM Avengers, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers and the F4U Corsair.
These stunning images show these planes surrounded by coral and fish as they litter the ocean floor, more than seven decades after they were originally put there.
Brandi Mueller, who is taking time off as a Coastguard captain to teach scuba diving in tropical islands, took the breathtaking pictures while exploring the site.
“After World War II the USA decided it would cost more fuel to transport the planes home by ship than it would to replace them, so they were essentially dumped like trash in the ocean,” Brandi said.
“The planes were pretty much just pushed off the back of a ship, so some are laying upside down and on their sides.”
“Others are sitting perfectly in the sand as if the pilot could just show up, get in his plane, and fly it off the bottom of the ocean.”
Her pictures also show other Allied aircraft including B-25 Mitchell, Helldivers, Curtiss C-46 Commando and F4F Wildcats.
The planes were likely dumped into the ocean off of transport ships and aircraft carriers after the successful Pacific Campaign and U.S. victory in 1945. Now, the submerged US military aircrafts are just a physical reminder of the Marshall Islands’ wartime history.
“I love descending on the aeroplanes,” said Brandi. “As an avid scuba diver I’m always excited to dive but seeing aeroplanes underwater just evokes very unique feelings.
“You expect sunken ships, but not aeroplanes, they just aren’t supposed to be there. And they seem to be resting so peacefully.”