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Jul 23, 2015

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater

Five miles from the remote Pacific Island of Roi-Namur, 150 war machines litter the ocean floor, including Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsair, TBF/TBM Avengers, Helldivers, B-25 Mitchell, Curtiss C-46 Commando and F4F Wildcats. These creepy pictures shows how nature is gradually reclaiming what was once a part of the Allied war effort against Japan.

American Brandi Mueller (31), was scuba diving off the coast of her home in the Marshall Islands when she captured this incredible photos. “I came to visit Kwajalein several years ago and heard about the dives,” said Brandi.

After World War Two the USA decided it would cost more fuel to transport the planes home by ship than it would to replace them. So they were essentially dumped like trash in the ocean. The planes were pretty much just pushed off the back of a ship, so some are laying upside down and on their sides. Others are sitting perfectly in the sand as if the pilot could just show up, get in his plane, and fly it off the bottom of the ocean.

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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“I love descending on the airplanes,” said Brandi. Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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As an avid scuba diver I'm always excited to dive but seeing airplanes underwater just evokes a very unique feelings. Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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You expect sunken ships, but not airplanes, they just aren't supposed to be there. And they seem to be resting so peacefully. Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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The wrecked US military aircraft are a physical reminder of the Marshall Islands’ wartime history. Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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“The planes were pretty much just pushed off the back of a ship, so some are laying upside down and on their sides. Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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“Others are sitting perfectly in the sand as if the pilot could just show up, get in his plane, and fly it off the bottom of the ocean.” Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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The wrecked US military aircraft are a physical reminder of the Marshall Islands’ wartime history. Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

A lost US WW2 aircraft graveyard has been captured 130-feet underwater
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Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

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“People seem to be really drawn to the strangeness of planes underwater.” Media Drum World/Brandi Mueller

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