Beyond the fact that it’s the largest ocean in the world (fact: it cover’s 1/3 of the earth’s surface) since the end of World War II, the Pacific ocean has served as the watery deathbed to a range of fighter planes, a reminder of the Asia-Pacific War that raged between the United States and the Japanese from 1941 to 1945 and included endless deadly battles. During the war, which ended with the dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese, numerous war planes ended up on the bottom of the ocean, many of which belonged to the US air force.
Despite the fact that many divers have visited the underwater graveyards many a time to visit the planes that have lay there since the 1960s, this next series of photos, which are the work of photographer Brandi Mueller, is the first evidence of a rare cluster of 150 American fighter jets under the ocean’s surface. The photos give us a rare glimpse at the site which is located near the Marshall Islands. Check it out.
“Diving amongst the wrecks is just incredible,” says Mueller who works as a diving instructor and boat captain when she isn’t taking photographs. “It’s so weird to find airplanes under water. You expect to see tropical boats, but planes? It’s bizarre. They belong in the sky, not in the ocean. I think that’s what makes it so mesmerizing.”
If you’re wondering how it came to be that so many planes ended up in one area, there’s an explanation. Most of the planes that lay among the corals and the fishes were just fine at the end of the war. They were sitting happily on Kwajalein island. The cost of returning the airplanes to the United States was too high so the decision was made to crash them into the ocean creating a sort of eternal memorial silently telling the story of a terrible war.
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