Post by Luther Moore on Nov 3, 2011 23:11:44 GMT 12
I think you're spot on with it being from 92. These are my two cousin brats lol They are 22 and 24 now so it must of been around 92. I on the other hand have never even seen a fighter before in my life. Can't wait to see one!
Post by scorpiomikey on Nov 22, 2011 14:50:53 GMT 12
Well that sucks, although apparently they just pulled a birdcage out of a lake in the states which was involved in a training "Incident" which they plan to restore to full flying capability. Ill try and find the news article.
Dave, Regarding the photo of Ardmore. Airfield road has not changed at all. There was a taxi way on the right of 25 near the fence. Can't remember if it was sealed at all. I think it was only metalled and grassed. The front paddocks of the farm I was brought up on is shown on the left of the photo Hamlins Road. The house (not shown) was not far off the centre line of 03/25.
Corsair 5517, Nice to see original private shots taken in the "Forward Area"! Incidentally, just one small point - the RAAF Beaufort would appear to be at an airfield other than Piva, on a field surrounded by coconut palms. The Piva complex (actually two main airstrips with a large complex of interconnecting taxi-ways and revetments) was built in virign jungle, and the background usually refelcts this. The three "Black Cats" in the last picture demonstate this very well, often the trees were from 100 to 150 feet high, with plenty of hanging vines! However this was most unusual as most airstrips in the Solomons were built in coconut plantations, such as Torokina (also Bougainville), Green Island, Los Negros, Ondonga, Kukum (Guadalcanal), etc, with Henderson mostly on open level ground, but with ridges and jungle nearby. Because coconut plantations were usually established (sensibly) on flat ground near the sea with a handy jetty for largish ships, these same sites also naturally attracted aerodrome builders, Japanese and American! David D
Post by corsair5517 on Aug 18, 2012 14:34:38 GMT 12
Yes, he is, still living in NZ and fit and spry at 88!! There are more of these little pix if anyone is interested including some of the accomodations etc. He has some taken in Jacquinot Bay and Cactus as well, but they have been misplaced at the moment. I do, however, have a digitised copy of his logbooks...
... and yes; that's the way he did them; at 21 and in a combat zone.
davidD; 60 years on, I don't expect his memory to be 100%... thanks for that!
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