Saturday 19 March 2011: Emily Bomber
This morning we were brought from the resort by a tender to the ss Thorfinn, our live aboard vessel for the next week. We will make four dives a day, starting with a deep dive on air followed by three nitrox dives. The last dive of the day is always a shallow one, this time to an airplane. This is the wreck of a Japanese airplane, the so called Bety Bomber. The 'Emily' was a very large, 4 engine bomber lying upside down on the bottom of the lagoon, 50 ft. deep. 'Emily' was the American code name for this type of aircraft, the Kawanishi H8K. This plane was attacked in the air by several American fighters, and barely made it's way back to Truk. It made a very hard landing at the Dublon Island seaplane base, where it broke apart and sank.