Burma Air

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  1. plan_D

    plan_D Active Member

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    I would like to share a few pictures from Burma, where my Grandfather fought from 1943-1946. All these pictures will be, of course, about aviation but as the men (such as my Grandfather) relied so heavily and the birds in the sky then it's still appropriate.

    This first picture is appropriate for Christmas time...it is blurred but notice the 'Christmas Pud' and 'Turkey' written on the crates
     

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    Sorry for the size, and how blurry they are. And yes, they are ALL from Burma.
     

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    ..another one...
     

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    I just found this picture on the net, and recognised it as the Hurribomber pic...this is just the full one...

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    ..and another picture for you, a RAF P-47 used by the 3rd TAF.
     

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    I like the picture of the Liberator, you can sortof make out a blob just behind the wings. If thats a turret then this is a Liberator II with a Boulton-Paul 4 gun turret that was used by a lot of RAF units in the CBI theatre.
     
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    I apologise for how blurry they are.
     
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    I had a great uncle that flew with the 14th AF carrying supplies over the Hump. Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting him though I do have a flight jacket that belonged to him.
     
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    I love that picture of the air despatchers pushing the Christmas Dinner out of the plane. I have to get the book 'Air Supply in the Burma Campaign' ...for this is a quote from the book "The soldier who depended upon air supply for beans, bullets, beer and shoelaces also depended on the transports to bring him help when he needed it, to succour him when he was wounded, and to take him to India when he was granted leave" One thing missing out of that was that they also relied on them to take them into hell...my grandfather could have told you that
     
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    Wow I cant even make the pics out...
     
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    How's this?
     

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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    bit of an odd siggy there...........
     
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    Very WWI-ish.
     
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    does sum up the british spirit though............
     
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    I can see that a lot better, Med.
     
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    Ah, it's from the Biggles film - completely stupid (time-travelling even!) but loads of fun to watch again.
    In the next shot Biggles gives the dastardly Von Stalhein a kick in the backside which sends him sprawling in the mud! :lol:

    if your interested: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090729/
     
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    that also sounds typically british :lol:
     
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    That's why it's so stupid, but so fun!

    Hooray for Biggles and his pals Algy, Bertie, and Ginger! Yay!
     
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    Cheers for shrinking the pic, Med.
     
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    No worries - I just bunged it into Jasc and tinkered with the definition to sharpen it up a little.

    For pics out of books a scanner is the best thing. I'll probably have one in the new year, and I'll put up a few things for people to read.
     
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    Hey LG, did he fly C-46s by chance? Every year, they have a hump-pilots reunion. I think they are somewhere on the west coast. I know that our C-46 has gone to it on several occasions. Unfortunately, they get smaller every year.

    By the way, flying the hump was serious business. Over 900 planes were lost flying the hump. Because of this it was called "the aluminum highway". We have some neat stuff on display at the museum from there. One of our members was a radio operator on the C-46.
     
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