Photographer Brandi Mueller made a hauntingly beautiful discovery while scuba diving off the Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands. More than 150 lost World War II planes that lay 130 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by coral and fish in an underwater graveyard of sorts.
Many of the planes remained largely intact, sporting some broken wings and tails—besides sporting signs of age and natural decay from spending the last seven decades underwater.
Mueller, from Cameron Wisconsin, works in the coastguard and teaches diving in addition to pursuing her passion for photography. She told The Daily Mail that for her, the captivating element of the lost planes was the unexpected element of the discovery. She said: “Diving on shipwrecks seems normal, you expect ships to have sunk. But 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.”
These planes were not shot down during combat, rather they were dumped from aircraft carriers after the Allied victory in 1945.
Mueller’s pictures show a range of aircraft types including Helldivers, B-25 Mitchell, Curtiss C-46 and F4F Wildcats. Other historic American aircraft in the discovery were Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers and TBF/TBM Avengers.