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Subject:    Townsville web page
Date:             Fri, 20 Aug 1999 13:22:56 -0700 (PDT)
From:           Joseph Perret <>

Dear Mr. Dunn:

Enjoyed your web pages immensely, as I was in Townsville during 1942 with the 405th Sq of the 38th Bomb Group. I wonder if you ever heard the story about how the main landing strip at the Townsville airfield was pointed right at the hill that contained the local cemetery. We always said if you ever failed to pull up in time to go over or around the hill, all they had to do to bury you would be to push a little dirt in on top of you.

Another great story (but this one is about Charters Towers) is about "half pound Mary" who was the ONLY one in town. The army medics set up their "pro" station at her back door. I heard that she made enough money to retire even before the end of the war, and got well up into society.

Keep them flying!


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Subject:     Reply to yours of the 20th.
Date:              Mon, 23 Aug 1999 09:24:43 -0700 (PDT)
From:            Joseph Perret <>

Hi Peter,

Received your e-mail. There was a lot going on around Townsville while I was there, but really very little details. It seems that I did have a typical tourist brochure with pictures of the local scenery somewhere in my accumulation, but not right at hand. I will have to look in the archives to see if I can find it.

I have a question for you. In the history of the 38th, there is a mention of ??? going to Midway and some other island. Was this the 69th and 70th squadrons or just their B-26's? The reason I ask is that someone from the 22nd Group raised a question about these aircraft that was transferred to them. You may know that we first off-loaded in Brisbane for a couple of weeks, then returned to the ship to be taken to Melbourne and by train to Ballarat. But for the life of me I cannot remember if the 69th and 70th Squadrons were with us or sent elsewhere from Brisbane. Failing memory due to age. <grin> Let me hear if you know anything, and I will pass it on

Joseph D. Perret, Jr.


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Subject:    Web pages on the 38th Bomb Group
Date:             Wed, 25 Aug 1999 13:29:38 -0700 (PDT)
From:           Joseph Perret <>

Hi Pete:

As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoy your website dealing with the 38th. One small correction: it is LangleY field. (fixed now - Peter)

Did you know that the 38th was formed out of the 22nd? They split the experienced airmen of the 22nd to form the TWO groups, and then filled the ranks with new recruits.

When we were in Brisbane the first time (25 Feb 42) we stayed in pup tents on wooden decking, and it was at the local race track. Was that "Doomben Field", or was that the location of another part of the 38th??

The Amberly Field sounds right, this was a fully functional RAAF field, hangers, barracks, etc., but I don't recognize the Eagle Farm entry. Was it the 71st squadron that was here by any chance??

Again, thank you for all the effort re. the 38th.

I never made it to Nadzab, transferred out of the 38th around Feb. of '43, but that is another story.



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