‘They didn’t even have coffins’: The man who dug up the remains of World War II victims in Singapore

via Chanel NewsAsia, 07 April 2018:

SINGAPORE: In 1962, Goh Thiam Hoon had only been digging in the heavy, damp soil for a short while when he found what he was looking for. But achieving his goal on his first day on the job didn’t make him happy. Far from it. “I could not believe it,” he said, describing feelings of uneasiness.  Mr Goh, who was aged 25 at the time, had just uncovered a mass grave filled with piles of bones belonging to victims of the Second World War. This was near Jalan Puay Poon in Bedok, close to where Temasek Junior College now sits.

Source: ‘They didn’t even have coffins’: The man who dug up the remains of World War II victims in Singapore

Remains of WWII Dutch navy personnel found in Lamongan

via Jakarta Post, 02 March 2018:

A team from the Lamongan administration has excavated a grave, reported to be the burial site of three Dutch navy personnel killed in a World War II battle in the Java Sea, in Brondong subdistrict last week.

Source: Remains of WWII Dutch navy personnel found in Lamongan

Two missing World War II B-25 bombers documented by Project Recover off Papua New Guinea

University of California, San Diego, 23 May 2017: Underwater archaeology of a more recent time. Project Recover aims to locate the resting places of Americans missing in action in World War II. Their most recent discovery are two B-25 bombers off Papua New Guinea.

Source: Two missing World War II B-25 bombers documented by Project Recover off Papua New Guinea | EurekAlert! Science News

Shipwreck found in 2014 could be HMS Tamar: preliminary report

Find in Hong Kong waters thought to be scuttled British ship from World War II.


A large metal object that was found in 2014 in the seabed near the Wan Chai coastline, along with other stuff that was discovered later, is very likely the wreck of HMS Tamar, a famous British troop carrier from World War II, a preliminary archaeological assessment report says.  According to a 41-page report that was…

Source: Shipwreck found in 2014 could be HMS Tamar: preliminary report

Musashi coverage from the past week

The underwater archaeology circles have been abuzz over the discovery of the wreck of the Japanese warship Musashi from Philippine waters. Preliminary examination of the wreckage suggests that the ship was torpedoed and exploded under water. Many of the news stories listed below also have videos attached to them, so get check them out for the underewater footage.

One of the anchors of the Musashi. Source: Paul Allen, via CNN
One of the anchors of the Musashi. Source: Paul Allen, via CNN

Microsoft co-founder says he’s discovered long-lost Japanese battleship
CNN, 04 March 2015

Philippines not told of battleship Musashi search
ABS-CBN, 06 March 2015

‘Ship won’t be raised’
Tempo, 08 March 2015

How Microsoft Billionaire Found Largest Sunken Battleship
National Geographic, 09 March 2015

Japanese battleship exploded underwater
AP, via Leader Post, 14 March 2015

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship near the Philippines.

The philanthropist posted images on Twitter that appeared to show the Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world. The discovery was made aboard his superyacht, the MY Octopus, as part of an expedition that Allen launched.

The search has taken Allen and his team of researchers more than eight years.

The images and video were taken by an unmanned submersible deployed from the vessel.

WWII Musashi wreck found in Philippines

One of the most famous World War II warships, the Musashi, has been discovered in Philippine waters. The person who announced the discovery is quite notable too – Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.

Remains of the catapult ramp from the Musashi. Source: Sydney Morning Herald 20150403
Remains of the catapult ramp from the Musashi. Source: Sydney Morning Herald 20150403

WWII Japanese ship Musashi said to be found in Philippines
Sydney Morning Herald, 04 March 2015

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found one of Japan’s biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II.

Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others.

Mr Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the battleship Musashi, found by his M/Y Octopus exploration vessel one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

Full story here.

From Guam, Saipan and Palau Islands

Larry Myers

Larry Myers
Here is a photo of WW2 Japanese items I found on the Pacific Islands. Japanese Army Helmet with star still attached found on Palau Islands. Japanese canteen with bullet hole in it came from Saipan Island. Old beer and medicine bottles found in caves on Peleliu Island, Republic of Palau. Japanese Rice/Food bowl and cup with Japanese markings on bottom found on Peleliu Island, Republic of Palau. U.S. Navy officers coffee cup found on Guam on Battle field site.

US shipwreck identified in the Java Sea

The US navy confirms the identity of the USS Houston at the bottom of the Java Sea, sunk during World War II.

USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819
USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819

US Navy: USS Houston wreck found in Java Sea
BBC News, 19 August 2014
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Volunteer opportunity in Singapore: The Adam Park Project

Readers in Singapore may be interested in getting involved in The Adam Park Project, an archaeological investigation looking for World War II remnants from 22-26th April.

The Adam Park Project, Singapore
The Adam Park Project, Singapore

For details check out the project page here.