Wrecks

Betty Bomber – Truk Lagoon

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It isn’t known whether this plane was shot down, or crashed on its own. But one thing for sure, it is a fun dive that shouldn’t be missed.

Even if you are not a big fan of wreck diving, every diver should plan a trip to Truk Lagoon, or Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. This will turn you into a wreck junkie by the time your trip is over. The amount of Japanese ships that were sunk in the lagoon in 1944 is mind boggling. While there is plenty of deep diving for the technical divers, Truk is very enjoyable for recreation divers as well. One of the most shallow wrecks, also happens to be one of the most photogenic as well. The ‘Betty Bomber’ airplane wreck is in about 40 feet of water. So is usually one of the later dives of the day.

This short video shows that it is still reasonably intact. Unlike the other wrecks in the lagoon, this plane is made of Aluminum, so the coral growth isn’t as great as a typical steel ship. You can still get the sense of the gold color that it originally had. It isn’t known whether this plane was shot down, or crashed on its own. But one thing for sure, it is a fun dive that shouldn’t be missed.

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