Sutsuki – Patrol Boat No. 34

IJN Sutsuk, later Patrol Boat N0. 34 was a Momi Class destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the early 1920’s. Originally one of the fastest ships of their period, they were top heavy at high speed, and could only be used as second class destroyers or torpedo boats. Although nearly obsolete at the…

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A6M Zero Fighter

Zero was the Allied code name for the Mitsubishi A6M fighter. The Zero aircraft was designed in 1937 by Jiro Horikoshi for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The plane saw action throughout the war and was unmatched in speed and maneuverability until 1942 when modern Allied fighters began to appear. Later the aircraft was found to…

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Yamagiri Maru

The Yamagiri Maru was built in 1938 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a passenger/cargo carrier for the Yamashita Kisen Line. Requisitioned by the Japanese Navy in September 1941 she was  converted to a military transport for moving special cargoes. The ship saw service transporting war material between Solomons and the Caroline Islands until she was…

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Yamagiri Maru

Hoki Maru in Truk Lagoon

The Hoki Maru is another wreck sitting upright in the Fourth Fleet Anchorage loaded with cargo. At the time of the US attacks she was carrying a large amount of aviation fuel in the forward holds which caused a huge explosion now leaving only remains of the forward part of this ex-New Zealand ship. On…

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Hoki Maru