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scubasavvy
09-24-2007, 16:54
Hey folks,

I know that Hawaii is a popular place to go wreck diving for WWII planes, but are there any other places that are as littered with them? I find all that WWII stuff so fascinating, especially the aviation aspect. Boats don't quite do it for me, but I'd love to go diving to see a plane wreck.

No Misses
09-24-2007, 18:33
If you don't mind the cold, try diving the great lakes. There are several planes there. Scuba mag just did a story on one of them last month.

ScaredSilly
09-24-2007, 18:36
B-29 in lake mead:

http://tdl.divebiz.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=16&products_id=101996&zenid=aa5b2a58bd24e063be23177bddb36878

Note this can not currently be done as private trip. A guide is required. This is also a technical dive.

scubasavvy
09-24-2007, 22:45
B-29 in lake mead:

http://tdl.divebiz.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=16&products_id=101996&zenid=aa5b2a58bd24e063be23177bddb36878

Note this can not currently be done as private trip. A guide is required. This is also a technical dive.

That looks pretty sweet. I've gotta get diving, lol...

Travelnsj
09-25-2007, 00:21
Do Palau or Truk...sat in a few and have many pics.

Krakenn
09-25-2007, 06:17
Papau New Guinea has alot around Madang & Port Moresby with quite a variety of Japanese, American and Australian/British planes.

Kraks

scubasavvy
09-25-2007, 23:45
Do Palau or Truk...sat in a few and have many pics.

Are they online and would you like to share them? lol

SeaLily
09-28-2007, 12:31
In addition to WWII planes in Truk Lagoon and PNG, Raja Ampat has a P47D off Wai Island in about 117' of water.

Charles R
09-28-2007, 13:57
There is a P-38 in sandeigo http://www.cawreckdivers.org/Wrecks/P38.htm

sudnit5
09-28-2007, 14:23
I like plane wrecks as well, really neat to see. I just wished there were some around me.

meesier42
10-01-2007, 20:31
the is a corsair in Oahu (http://www.reefpirates.com/corsair.htm)

then there is Guam- I don't know all of them, but I am seen a couple in Apra Harbor

scubasavvy
10-02-2007, 14:44
the is a corsair in Oahu (http://www.reefpirates.com/corsair.htm)

then there is Guam- I don't know all of them, but I am seen a couple in Apra Harbor

Now that looks pretty sweet. Thanks for sharing!

PrichDave
10-05-2007, 10:03
Palau has quite a few plane wrecks scattered around the islands from WWII.

beenerachi
10-09-2007, 11:18
Papau New Guinea has alot around Madang & Port Moresby with quite a variety of Japanese, American and Australian/British planes.

Kraks

I live in Port Moresby...there is:

P47 Thunderbolt - pretty good shape in about 40 feet of water in Port Moresby between the 'mainland' and 'local island', but a little difficult to find, even with the GPS due to all the silt. You can see the bullet holes.
A20 Havoc in 'Bootless Bay' in Port Moresby... the 'rudder' still pivots, can't remember the depth, but the vis was pretty good. Great story behind this one. The pilot actually landed it and survived after running out of fuel.
B25 in Madang, in about 60-70 feet off Jais Aben resort. There was only one surviving crew - Maj. Cox. The rest were executed by the Japanese after taken prisoners. I've got pics of this wreck.
Japanese sea plane in Tulagi, Honiara, Solomon Islands in exactly 99 ft of water. It's one of the best wrecks I've done and quite 'eery'. There are still bullets there and a working thermometer in the cockpit.
There are a few more in Rabaul and Kavieng, Papua New Guinea but I haven't been to those yet.
'Michael McFadyen' has an excellent database online for wrecks.

DZorn00
10-17-2007, 09:55
Man I can't wait to get into a wreck. Only a few more months!!!!

shadragon
10-17-2007, 09:58
Hey folks,

I know that Hawaii is a popular place to go wreck diving for WWII planes, but are there any other places that are as littered with them? I find all that WWII stuff so fascinating, especially the aviation aspect. Boats don't quite do it for me, but I'd love to go diving to see a plane wreck.

Try this link (http://www.video.scubadata.com/index.php?tag=wreck+plane&PHPSESSID=d30c8bb44383a18289cf7e4537ded96d) to get started on your research:

danielh03
10-19-2007, 02:10
How many of the dive sites are also graves? Many wrecks that i would like to see are off limits because they are classified as grave sites.

Lone Frogman
10-19-2007, 06:16
the is a corsair in Oahu (http://www.reefpirates.com/corsair.htm)

then there is Guam- I don't know all of them, but I am seen a couple in Apra Harbor

Wow, I remember diving a plane in Apra Harbor in 1976. It was a shore dive and the plane was in about 140 fsw. Big lion fish in the cock pit. I got a picture of it some where.

Cynthia
12-06-2007, 09:27
I'd vote for Truk Lagoon and, probably, Palau. I've got a trip planned to go to Peleliu (in Palau) for a week and then on to the Aggressor for another. I'm sure it will be fabulous, but haven't been there yet. Truk is amazing...

Travelnsj
12-06-2007, 09:36
Cynthia...you are in for the finest diving....don't know about the accommodations in Peleiu??....I've heard of a couple of spots but very basic....enjoy....when you are in Palau go to the Taj and Dragon Tai....for dinner.

BuzzF117
12-10-2007, 18:17
Wether or not these planes are classified as a gravesite or not they are actually still property of the US military and removing anything from the site is illegal SO DON"T DO IT...leave it for others to see as well. I would hope for the families sake if they can be reached by a diver that the remains of pilots were recovered for proper buriel.

The Navy's Historic Aircraft Wrecks in Lake Michigan (http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org12-6i.htm)
Rachel Carson Scuba Park (http://www.serve.com/rcsc/Park.htm)

Travelnsj
12-10-2007, 19:31
I would hope for the families sake if they can be reached by a diver that the remains of pilots were recovered for proper buriel.

The Navy's Historic Aircraft Wrecks in Lake Michigan (http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org12-6i.htm)
Rachel Carson Scuba Park (http://www.serve.com/rcsc/Park.htm)

There is a group that goes to Palau every year in March called BentProp.org They look for wrecks and any remains. If they cannot identify that the pilot was found they send any remains to JPAC in Hawaii. If JPAC shows an MIA for that wreck a team goes down for the remains in Palau to bring our men home.

gbrdiver
12-12-2007, 07:33
I'd vote for Truk Lagoon and, probably, Palau. I've got a trip planned to go to Peleliu (in Palau) for a week and then on to the Aggressor for another. I'm sure it will be fabulous, but haven't been there yet. Truk is amazing...

The problem at Truk is with so many excellent shipwrecks, the aircraft wrecks pale into insignificance! The Betty Bomber and the Emily flying-boat near Eten Island are popular dives if you get sick of the Fujikawa about 300m away...the intact Jill fighter at 42m is also an interesting dive when the guides can find it!

Goober
12-14-2007, 05:27
I like plane wrecks as well, really neat to see. I just wished there were some around me.

If I'm not mistaken several are in the Bermuda area. Now the location and acuracy of this statement is ify to say the least. But we could certainly find out. I'd love to meet up with someone interested in finding some planes around here. Are you in the Jax area or further south?

Duckydiver
12-19-2007, 13:55
I came pretty close to diveing the corsair in oaho but the conditions were to rough. Dove a barge instead.

Theres also a wwII palne in dutch springs (http://forum.scubatoys.com/www.dutchsprings.com)I think.

Big Mike
12-19-2007, 21:17
I believe there is a wrecked Thunderbolt in Lake Havasu in Arizona. It's been there since WWII. I'm told they used the lake for target practice. Nobody around then.

chp1945
12-24-2007, 06:29
that p 47 was lifted out of the water recently 2006 or so

Mycroft
12-26-2007, 15:17
There are supposed to be several plane wrecks off Jax, FL and a WWII Bomber of Jupiter, FL (Shore dive).

40 Fathom Grotto has a Cessna at 95 feet.

Ohmdiver
12-26-2007, 16:25
I came pretty close to diveing the corsair in oaho but the conditions were to rough. Dove a barge instead.

Theres also a wwII palne in dutch springs (http://forum.scubatoys.com/www.dutchsprings.com)I think.

From wat I understand the airframe at dutch was never airworthy. It is a 1944 replica of a Helldiver that was set on the deck of an aircraft carrier as a display, Until recently. It is still a cool dive site. It is beaten up from the move, and looks like a battle wreck you would find in the south pacific.

hychang
12-27-2007, 08:21
Very cool aircraft, I'll have to get up there next year to check it out.


From wat I understand the airframe at dutch was never airworthy. It is a 1944 replica of a Helldiver that was set on the deck of an aircraft carrier as a display, Until recently. It is still a cool dive site. It is beaten up from the move, and looks like a battle wreck you would find in the south pacific.