AIRFIELDS AND AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE
IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AREA
E-MAILS FROM BRUCE KIRKWOOD

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Subject:    Photographs
Date:             Fri, 01 Sep 2000 13:35:52 +1000
From:           Bruce Kirkwood <pob@tpg.com.au>

Peter,

Attached is a file containing miscellaneous photographs of Airfields, Wreckage etc. in Solomon Islands. As I told you earlier, some of the photogrphs are not the best quality. I am also not the world's greatest photographer. However if any of it is of use to you feel
free to use the photographs as you like. The only shot which is not mine is the one of the restored 20 mm cannon at Wagga.

Regarding the Walrus accident at Bowen, I have not been able to track anything down as yet. The Bowen Shire has a website www.bowen.qld.gov.au and they have some information (very brief) on wartime activities in the area. They do mention a Walrus (Seagull) accident. However I would have thought that the Seagull would not have been in service at that time. Didn't three seagulls carry out a round Australia flight about 1929? I can recall seeing photographs of the aircraft on the water at Bowen.

Rgds,

Bruce Kirkwood.

si01.jpg (17955 bytes) Zero wing Choiseul Is., Western Solomons. The 20mm cannon serial no. 263 or 269 was recovered from this wing in surprisingly good condition and resides in the War
Memorial Museum Zero in Canberra
si02.jpg (64281 bytes) American and Japanese guns and munitions at Vilu Village. The cannon in the centre of this picture was recovered from the P38.
si03.jpg (85665 bytes) American and Japanese guns and munitions at Vilu Village.
si04.jpg (73989 bytes) American and Japanese guns and munitions at Vilu Village.
si05.jpg (75161 bytes) Aircraft wreckage Vilu Village Museum, West Guadalcanal.
si06.jpg (86812 bytes) Aircraft wreckage Vilu Village Museum, West Guadalcanal.
si07.jpg (76228 bytes) Aircraft wreckage Vilu Village Museum, West Guadalcanal. Remains of a Betty bomber
si08.jpg (86493 bytes) American ampibious vehicles Guadalcanal.
si09.jpg (102808 bytes) American ampibious vehicles Guadalcanal.
si10.jpg (64676 bytes) American landing craft near Tulagi.
si11.jpg (59616 bytes) Remains of Japanese destroyer near Tulagi.
si12.jpg (41913 bytes) Remains of Japanese destroyer near Tulagi.
si13.jpg (92023 bytes) American War Memorial
si14.jpg (79465 bytes) American War Memorial
si15.jpg (79299 bytes) American War Memorial
si16.jpg (40615 bytes) American War Memorial, Guadalcanal
si17.jpg (140623 bytes) American War Memorial, Guadalcanal
si18.jpg (142295 bytes) American War Memorial, Guadalcanal
si19.jpg (81390 bytes) Australian, American and Japanese Memorials,Vilu Village
si20.jpg (101246 bytes) Australian, American and Japanese Memorials,Vilu Village
si21.jpg (70769 bytes) Australian, American and Japanese Memorials,Vilu Village
si22.jpg (96331 bytes) Avengers on Stirling Is., Western Solomons
si23.jpg (69266 bytes) Avengers on Stirling Is., Western Solomons
si24.jpg (4146 bytes) Ballale Airfield in 1971
si25.jpg (53960 bytes) Betty bombers and cockpit on Ballalae, Western Solomons in about 1975
si26.jpg (65817 bytes) Betty bombers and cockpit on Ballalae, Western Solomons in about 1975
si27.jpg (63612 bytes) Betty bombers and cockpit on Ballalae, Western Solomons in about 1975
si28.jpg (71251 bytes) Gun near Henderson Field
si29.jpg (82037 bytes) Guns on Stirling Island Western Solomons
si30.jpg (67442 bytes) Henderson Field Guadalcanal, possibly during rebuild in 1960's
si31.jpg (62239 bytes) Japanese guns, Vilu Village
si32.jpg (53265 bytes) Japanese guns and helmets, Vilu Village
si33.jpg (85981 bytes) Japanese guns, Vilu Village
si34.jpg (81952 bytes) Japanese guns, Vilu Village
si35.jpg (76905 bytes) Japanese guns, Vilu Village
si36.jpg (80727 bytes) Old wharf on Gavutu Is. RAAF and US flying boat base near Tulagi, Solomon Is.
si37.jpg (86558 bytes) Wreckage on Gavutu Is. RAAF and US flying boat base near Tulagi, Solomon Is.
si38.jpg (12165 bytes) On final to Munda, Western Solomons
si39.jpg (87863 bytes) P 38 at Vilu Village.
si40.jpg (83999 bytes) P 38 at Vilu Village.
si41.jpg (75326 bytes) Dauntless at Vilu Village. Despite being underwater for 30 plus years before being recovered, the nose gear oleo still maintained some pressure
si42.jpg (130773 bytes) P 39 remains near Honiara. This aircraft was originally part of a lend lease shipment to UK which was diverted to the Pacific when Japan entered the war. The British markings could be seen under the fading American markings
si43.jpg (136005 bytes) P 39 remains near Honiara. This aircraft was originally part of a lend lease shipment to UK which was diverted to the Pacific when Japan entered the war. The British markings could be seen under the fading American markings
si44.jpg (84724 bytes) Personnel carrier Honiara
si45.jpg (72425 bytes) Recovered munitions waiting destruction, Guadalcanal. Some of this was in new condition
si46.jpg (57674 bytes) Recovered munitions waiting destruction, Guadalcanal. Some of this was in new condition
si47.jpg (86834 bytes) Remains of a Corsair, Vilu Village
si48.jpg (91848 bytes) Remains of a Zero, Tambea Village, West Guadalcanal.
si49.jpg (97136 bytes) Remains of a Zero, Tambea Village, West Guadalcanal.
si50.jpg (105213 bytes) Remains the Zero prop and an American prop, Tambea Village, West Guadalcanal.
si51.jpg (59272 bytes) Remains of a Zero, Guadalcanal
si52.jpg (69524 bytes) Ringi Cove (Vila) Airstrip Kolumbangara Island
si53.jpg (57997 bytes) Rubber tracked vehicle, Betikama Mission Museum, Honiara
si54.jpg (37217 bytes) Seghe Airfield East New Georgia
si55.jpg (65532 bytes) Southern End of Ballale Airstrip June 1971
si56.jpg (36002 bytes) Stirling (Mono) Island Airstrip, Western Solomons
si57.jpg (64141 bytes) The old Munda terminal. I wonder how many ex Qantas PNG pilots would remember this
si58.jpg (41864 bytes) Two views of the early American insignia on a Vultee Vengence wing at Vilu Village
si59.jpg (50873 bytes) Two views of the early American insignia on a Vultee Vengence wing at Vilu Village
si60.jpg (76588 bytes) Val on Ballalae Is
si61.jpg (69140 bytes) Wildcat, Vilu Village
si62.jpg (66788 bytes) P-38 cockpit, Vilu Village
si63.jpg (29789 bytes) 20mm cannon recovered from Zero wing at Choiseul Is. after restoration by RAAF at Wagga Wagga.
si64.jpg (267219 bytes) Carney Field, Guadalcanal in 1943 (Warning File is 261 Kbytes)

 

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