Mike Gerken: Evolution Underwater Imaging | The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon
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Operation Hailstone
On the early morning of February 17th, 1944, at the height of the war in the Pacific, United States Naval forces launched a daring air raid, codenamed "Operation Hailstone", on the Japanese military stronghold of Truk Lagoon in Micronesia.

As a result of the two day raid more than 270 Japanese planes were destroyed and 50 ships sent to the bottom of the lagoon. More than 65 years later the shipwrecks of Truk have become a mecca for sport divers. They travel from around the world to witness first hand these underwater relics both steeped in history and enriched with magnificent marine life that is a wonder to behold.

The Documentary Film
From 2003 until 2008 Mike Gerken lived and worked in Truk Lagoon in the recreational diving business and amassed one of the largest collections of underwater video, archival film and still images ever assembled and spent four years producing this documentary on Truk Lagoon. See excerpts from the film below.

•More than forty minutes of scenes with rare archival film and still images depicting detailed history of Truk Lagoon.
•17 Wrecks highlighted in stunning underwater video scenes.
•Interview with Kimio Aisek, legendary dive guide and eye witness to the raids on Truk Lagoon.
•Dive at Shark Pass
•Still image slideshow presentation on Truk Lagoon
-Video trailer for "The Wreck of the SS President Coolidge"

This is a must have for any Truk diving enthusiast, anyone interested in diving Truk Lagoon or even any WWII history buff.

Feature Run Time: 2 Hours
Bonus Materials: 80 Minutes

Stock Footage:
All of the videos within this gallery and web site are available to purchase as stock footage in any format and any file length.
Contact mike@evolutionunderwater.com for additional information and pricing.