By Rod Macdonald

Recounted along with his ordinary point of meticulous ancient study, Rod weaves an simply readable account of the build-up to and implementation of Operation Desecrate 1 – the raid undertaken to damage jap ships and airplane within the lagoons of Palau. He makes use of his intimate wisdom of shipwrecks to bare in excellent aspect all the 20 significant eastern WWII shipwrecks mendacity on the backside of the Palauan lagoons this present day.
On thirtieth March, 1944 Grumman F6F Hellcat combatants made an preliminary fighter sweep of the lagoon to break eastern air conceal. at the same time Grumman Avenger torpedo-bombers dropped mines and successive workforce moves of torpedo bombers and dive-bombers sank the delivery and destroyed the airfields. Palau was once neutralised as a eastern naval and air base in a repeat of an identical job strength fifty eight raid, Operation Hailstone, on Truk Lagoon 1,000 miles to the east simply six weeks earlier.
A variety of long-lost wrecks have lately been relocated together with a jap freighter full of intensity fees and armed forces helmets. This used to be present in 1989 yet remained unidentified previously – after painstaking learn Rod finds her establish for the 1st time within the ebook. each one smash is roofed intimately and is supported via underwater images and by means of outstanding illustrations by way of well known artist Rob Ward. The shipwrecks of Palau at the moment are revealed.

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In the face of this powerful, seemingly irresistible, US onslaught, the Japanese command effectively wrote off the Marshall Islands – the island garrisons were ordered to fight a holding action to delay US progress as much as possible. Japanese aircraft losses were at a critically high level following the ill-fated deployment of carrier aircraft to defend Rabaul – and Japanese commanders now considered the remaining air cover as inadequate for Combined Fleet operations at sea. At the start of the war the Japanese Zero fighter had been virtually untouchable by Allied aircraft, giving Japanese aircraft air superiority.

War Plan Orange was a series of many contingency plans for fighting a war with Japan alone, whilst War Plan Red was a plan for a hypothetical war against Britain and Canada. Following the events in Europe in 1938 and 1939, US war planners realised that the USA faced the possibility of war on a number of fronts against multiple enemies and thus developed a new series of war plans, the Rainbow plans, a word play on the multiplicity of the previous colour-coded plans. Rainbow 5 formed the basis of American strategy in World War II, assuming that the USA was allied with Britain and France and providing for American offensive operations.

183 Japanese aircraft were launched at 0600 from the six Japanese carriers for the first wave of the now infamous raid. Just after 0700, an American radar operator in Hawaii spotted a huge flight of aircraft to the north on his screen. Alerting his superior, he was told that the planes were American B-17s en route from California. There was no coordinated system of American aerial reconnaissance in place at this time. Just after 0800 the first wave of Japanese bombers and fighters swept across Pearl Harbor – taking everyone by complete surprise.

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