Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 23, 2017 10:27:21 GMT 12
I really love this artwork by Maurice Conly, the RNZAF's official artist, depicting the maintenance crews of No. 10 Servicing Unit at Emirau. This comes from the National Collection of War Art at Archives New Zealand.
I love the square "windows" in the mobile sun shade accommodation surrounding the engines, presumably to allow a bit more light as well as some welcome ventilation. Cannot say I have ever noticed these shelters before, but then I was probably gazing more at the aircraft itself. Hoping that other Board members have identified the US Marine Corps PBJs lurking in the background. I have also wondered what type of trees they are which seem to dominate the areas where the airstrips were carved through the heavy forest. An internet search I carried out some time ago to find suggestions for the particular species turned up nothing. Apparently there has been heavy milling on many of these island groups over the years (surprise surprise!) Also wonder if the "tower" structures to support the sun shades were knocked together by 10 SU personnel. That is also an interesting device in use for moving propellers - what would you call that? Improvised hoisting gear? David D