The "Fujikawa Maru" was built in 1938 as a transport and cargo ship. The Japanese navy took control of her in 1940 and used here for the transport of airplanes. She was sunk by U.S. dive bombers during 'Operation Hailstone' (17.2.1944 - 18.2.1944). The Japanese losses were extremely high during this military operation: a complete fleet was destroyed.
The "Fujikawa Maru" today:
It lies currently at the bottom of the sea at a depth of 33 meters (110 fsw), within Truk Lagoon. It can be reached by diving with diving equipment.
The shipwrecks within Truk Lagoon are still considered to be the last resting place for hundreds of killed Japanese seamen and soldiers. While diving at these sites, please treat human remains and their personal belongings with respect.
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- Text: Kaj Metz
- Photos: Yuuki Tera (1,2) & Wikimedia Commons (3)