Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 8, 2017 16:34:53 GMT 12
Indeed. There's a very rare book called Singapore Harriers written by Frank McCarthy of No. 1 Aerodrome Construction Squadron, with a similar collection of photos he took personally on the trip to Singapore and while they were making airfields in Malaya, and then their escape. The book was produced by Frank himself in 1989 and is really poor photocopies of the original prints with hand typed captions based on his diary. He's now long dead, but I so hope his original photo collection survived and is in an archive like this album, as they were a very rare insight to those times. It also includes the squadron's next job, laying the first hard runway at Rukuhia in 1942.
We are very fortunate to have had guys like Cecil Franks with the foresight to record these historic events photographically and in writing. In the photos we see life as they saw it on the front line and their relief during and after their remarkable escape. I wonder if there are other similar records hidden away in someone's attic? What a brilliant record.