Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 6, 2011 21:43:06 GMT 12
I scanned this from a photo in my friend Joe McVicar's collection. I think it is a military version of the Douglas DC-4 (?)
The serial number on the tail seems to read 137283 (or possibly 137289).
I thought USAAF aircraft serials all started with the date of manufacter, ie 43 for 1943. But this looks to be a 1, not a 4.
I reckon it's interesting as you can see the patch in the rood of the hangar, so that's the current No. 40 Squadron hangar. And note the old control tower, and the earthworks which looks like there may have been a large bomb shelter or slit trench there between the two concrete hangars. I think Joe flew home on this aircraft from Fiji when his father died.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 7, 2011 13:04:21 GMT 12
Irrespective of the aircraft I am interested in that mounds of earth. Does anyone know if it is definately a slit trench/shelter? Or was something else going on there? The concrete (?) edging puzzles me, diagonally across the lawn like that.
This one was probably flown by civilian pilots [mostly United on secondment] and the outfit was called 'Consair' as it was owned by Consolidated Aircraft Co.
Early on the crew wore military uniforms - POW situation - but as the war progressed dress became more casual. By wars end they had an incredible network across the Pacific using C-54s & C-87s.
This one would be very early on with the heavy coat of camouflage.
Good book about them...'Eagles of the Pacific: Consairways, memoirs of an air transport service during World War II'.
As I understand it the Bu number was for the year of order - not manufacture?
Eagles of the Pacific is indeed an excellent read but don't worry about the photos which look as if they have been reproduced from low quality newsprint. I don't think the C-54 is a part of Consairways as they only flew Consolidated aircraft. It may in fact be a USAAF aircraft or did the Pan Am crowd fly down to New Zealand.