PETER STONE FROM YARRAM
IS INTERESTED IN
THE SHIP PRESIDENT COOLIDGE,
AN AVRO ANSON CRASH NEAR CURRAJUNG LOWER,
AIRFIELDS IN THE NEW HEBRIDES
AND THE FIFTH AIR FORCE USAAF

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Subject:   President Coolidge, New Hebrides airfields, Fifth Air Force.
Date:           Sat, 04 Mar 2000 12:06:45 +1100
From:          Peter Stone <oceans@netspace.net.au>

Dear Mr Dunn,

I found your site when searching for any reference on the ship President Coolidge, and was delighted to follow through your many links. As it turns out, three of my published works have some reference to similar material as shown on your sites.

(A) Splendid Isolation is a local history of the Yarram and District Health Service, a nice contract job that served to pay a few bills. The connection here is the wreck of an Avro Anson, out of Bairnsdale for Melbourne, 21 May 1943 - crashed near Carrajung Lower, which is about halfway between Traralgon and Yarram (the latter where I live). The sole survivor was Ira Bensley who ended up in the Yarram hospital, amd fully recovered. He revisited Yarram in 1974, and I corresponded with him in Sydney in 1995. The crash is not on your list.

(B) Re airfields in the western Pacific. You did not mention those in New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), specifically the five on Espiritu Santo, and one (maybe more) on Efate. These I cover in The Lady and the President - The Life and Loss of the President Coolidge.

http://www.oceans.com.au/pc.html

(C) The third interest was the US Fifth Air Force which I cover in Hostages to Freedom - The Fall of Rabaul.

http://www.oceans.com.au/oehtf.html

The above sites may be of interest to you. Thankyou again for the interest you have given me.

With best regards,
Peter Stone,

Yarram, Victoria.

 

 

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