World War II claimed millions of lives. It destroyed Japan and the effects of the nuclear attack on that country were such that children born there are still prone to be born with deformities or diseases. All forms of landscapes were used to bring all kinds of weapons into use. The war happened on land, sea, and air. Hundreds of ships sank in the Pearl Harbor and many planes crashed on the land. But what this scuba diver discovered underwater revealed something about the World War II that was not supposed to be known by mankind, ever. Your view of the history will not be the same when you see what I saw in these images and videos.
Brandi Mueller, The Diver
34 years old, Brandi Mueller is a professional in diving and somewhat of a photography enthusiast. She comes from Cameron, Wisconsin. She wants to explore the uncharted underground territories and capture scenery never before seen by humans led her to choose to be a Coast Guard professionally. Currently, she is the captain of one of the boats in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Till now she has explored large areas of the Pacific Ocean and the breathtaking photographs below are all captured by her.
Turning Dream Into A Reality
Scuba Diving has been one of Mueller’s passion and she has been doing it since the age of 15. She was a curious child, obsessed with nature who kept stealing her parents’ camera just to capture the most captivating views that could be found around her. She decided that she would combine her love for nature and photography and turn it into a profession. Little did she know that this would make her the center of attraction for the entire world one day.
Becoming a Coastguard was an ideal option for Mueller as it provided her numerous opportunities to picture the most exotic and safely hidden specimens of the earth, underwater. She had mastered her job and was adept at it, she was so good that she even started giving diving lessons.
Before taking you to the mind-numbing discovery she made, here is a photograph clicked by her on one of her diving expeditions. She has covered a lot of places like the Carribean, Australia, Hawaii and even Africa. Her favorite place to explore is nonetheless a huge strip of Marshall islands found between the Phillippines and Hawaii. This is where she made the jaw-dropping discovery.
Brandi Mueller was on a break from her Coast Guard duty and was teaching diving lessons at a place five miles from Roi- Namur in the Marshall Islands when she stumbled upon what proved to be her most astonishing find underwater. What she found was so unexpected that first, she could not believe her eyes. It was only when she drew closer she could ascertain with her mind, what her eyes saw.
What Was It?
She was 31, and she became the center of attraction of the world media when she revealed in the following videos what she discovered. It had been lying there for over 70 years now, safely hidden from human eyes or intelligence. These World War II artifacts were never supposed to be discovered. They were intentionally hidden. But why?
Brandi threw light on this dark event which nearly destroyed the entire world. Were they graves? But they were intentionally put there, to be hidden and forgotten. Brandi noticed that the entire seabed was veiled by massive junks of metal. Flat plates, broken glasses, tubes of different cylindrical sizes were spread as far as eyes could behold. It was only when she drew closer she realized what were these graves.
Not A Single Body
No, it was not a grave of a human body, over 70 years they would have decayed. In this wreck of hundreds of feet, there was not a single human casualty. It proves that what happened was not an accident but a plan. A well-executed plan which was not supposed to be discovered. But Brandi’s love for exploration brought her face to face with this underground nightmare.
Airplane Thrown In Water?
What she was looking at was a rotten body on an airplane. But what was a plane doing in the water? Did it crash there? But the body was not broken at all, it was as if it was thrown intentionally, with its entire body intact. But Brandi just could not figure out why. This single airplane was not just the only questionable thing she found on that seabed. The video in the upcoming slides in shocking!
As Brandi moved on, she discovered it was not just one plane in the water but many of them. The sea became a dumping ground of about 150 different airplanes. Most of them had their bodies completely intact and just a few of them had their tail or a wing was broken. Two things were certain- it was not a crash but a strategic plan to have discarded the planes and that the fighter planes were from WWII which was clear from their models. But how did they come there?
Brandi in an interview threw some light on the event, she told- “They call it the “Airplane Graveyard” – they aren’t war graves or planes that crashed. They were planes that were taken out over the reef and pushed off intact after the war ended. For me, diving on airplanes, especially World War Two airplanes is really unique. Diving on shipwrecks seems normal, you expect ships to have sunk.”
They Should Have Flown
She further added that “seeing planes underwater is strange, planes don’t belong in the water, they belong in the sky, so it feels weird to dive on them. But amazing and special too. And because these planes didn’t sink because of the war they are special. They should have flown more, lived longer, but they were sunk in perfect condition.” But WHY?
Rewind To 1945
The planes are speculated to arrive at the Marshall Islands when the battle raged in Kwajalein in 1944. The US Navy and the Marines were planning and executing the ‘island hopping’ strategy in order to win from Japan. This was a battle fought to take control of the Midway and it proved to be one of the defining World War II battles.
Battle Ground Of Power
The long-term plan of the US for acquiring the Marshall Islands was that that would have given them vantage to attack the Japanese mainland after their strike at Guam. For this mission alone, more than 50,000 US army men were recruited. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had weakened the American Pacific Fleet and this was going to be America’s revenge. But how does that relate to the drowned airplanes?
The Allies took over the islands in the South Pacific one by one and managed to get a foothold in an imminent region. They were within striking distance of the Japanese Empire and strike they did. Aircraft were used to bomb Japan regularly and as we all know on August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was attacked by a nuclear bomb and thus the war ended.
What Happened To The Fighter Planes?
To fight the Japanese, the Allies had created a massive force of fighter aircraft and jets. But when the war got over in 1945, these aircraft were thrown into the ocean intentionally because the army wanted to avoid their addition to the already existing surplus of planes. The management of so many planes was beyond them and they threw them in water. But these pictures and videos reveal what happened when these planes ground zero.
This inglorious wreckage of metal was silently lying hidden beneath the surface for over 70 years until Brandi discovered it. After that day she came again and again to gather as many photographs of these murdered airplanes as possible. The assemblage is eerie. It was an intriguing and enlighting adventure for her and the video from one such visit is posted in the next slides.
Which Planes Were These
Some of these planes were placed in an awkward vertical position and some were lying face down, buried in the sea-bed. The findings included TBF/TBM Avengers, Helldivers, F4F Wildcats, B-25 Mitchell, Curtiss C-46 Commando and F4U Corsair. The only damage done to them in 70 years was that either their tail or a wing was broken.
Even The Douglas SBD Dauntless
The manufacturing of the Douglas SBD Dauntless happened from 1940 to 1944. It got its fame for being the deliverer of deathly blows to the Japanese carriers in June 1942, in the Battle of Midway. It proved its worth in what was considered as one of the most decisive and impactful battles of the Second World War. It was a dive bomber.
Even though the find was fascinating, the fact that millions of dollars were simply thrown away into an ocean was a bit disturbing. Now turned into junk, the carnage of these airplanes was spread over a large area of the ocean. Exploring it was a slightly creepy experience for Brandi but she was determined to bring it to everyone’s attention like in the video in the following slides.
A Sad Memorial
Metal can be recycled and in those times of the World War, every penny was important. These planes could have been put to a better use but they were dumped. Even though the underwater view of these planes is breathtaking one cannot ignore the fact that it was wasted. However, there is a silver lining. It was not a complete loss.
These 150 planes proved worthless on the ground or in the air, but in water, they found a use. Flora and Fauna flourished on rusted metal and created small sections of their own. They found a home in these structures rendered useless by humans and increased the beauty appeal of these abandoned planes. Watch the video to look how breathtaking they have made these planes.
Colors In Blue
As a result of this settlement, the sea-bed became a sight to behold. It is not covered in beautiful and mesmerizing colors and one simply cannot take their eyes off the video in the next slide. This discovery opened the eyes of people to the wastage that happened at a crucial time during the World War.
Enjoy The Beauty
What we understand is that nature can put to use what humans do not find interesting or useful anymore. Hope you find this video as astonishing as we did!