July 28-29, 2006 - A Russian diver swims down the starboard side of the boat past the fairwater on the right. The structure jutting across the top of the image is the forward 20mm gun platform. Courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
July 28-29, 2006 - Conning tower fairwater looking forward from the port side aft. A large section of the structure aft of the periscope shears is missing, destroyed during her final battle. The remaining aft structure is quite damaged. Cable running down the side is one of many fouled on the raised periscopes. Courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
July 28-29, 2006 - Wider shot of the fairwater looking forward from starboard. A large section of the structure is missing just aft of the conning tower, back to the small machine gun mount and masthead (the two vertical pipes). The aft 20mm fairwater mount is missing. Looking into the back of the forward section, the upper half contained the bridge and external periscope shears. The lower half contained the conning tower pressure hull. The long slender object running up behind the forward section is the bent RDF loop mast. Courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Fairwater comparison - This was Wahoo just prior to her first war patrol. While her fairwater silhouette would be cut down a bit more prior to her loss, the image gives a good indication of the large section of her aft bridge deck which is missing. The break appears to start just aft of the RDF loop mast.
July 28-29, 2006 - Looking down into the hole in the fairwater (aft left, forward right). The deck and hull are cleaved down the starboard side. This indicates a hit from an aerial bomb. Courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
July 28-29, 2006 - Drawing made by Iskra team divers illustrating the bomb damage. The impact area is centered on the watertight bulkhead separating the control room and crew's mess. The radio room and galley were destroyed in this catastrophic explosion. Courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
July 28-29, 2006 - Another dive team illustration depicting the bomb path based on observable evidence. Courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.