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Waldo.Pepper
09-18-2007, 05:31 PM
Came across these recently. Thought that they were neat.


First three are in Tokyo, and environs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/tokyo3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Tokyo2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Tokyo1.jpg

Note the Helldiver.

Thailand.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Thailand.jpg

Note the Union Jack.

Rangoon.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Rangoon-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Rangoon.jpg

Lads are getting a little impatient at the end of the war.

Waldo.Pepper
09-18-2007, 05:31 PM
Came across these recently. Thought that they were neat.


First three are in Tokyo, and environs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/tokyo3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Tokyo2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Tokyo1.jpg

Note the Helldiver.

Thailand.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Thailand.jpg

Note the Union Jack.

Rangoon.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Rangoon-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Prisoner/Rangoon.jpg

Lads are getting a little impatient at the end of the war.

Bo_Nidle
09-18-2007, 05:46 PM
I have just read a book called "Forgotten Voices of the Second World War" which is a collection of anecdotes from veterans.

The end section has several accounts of the Japanese PoW camps at the wars end. One of the accounts tells of how an Avenger circled a camp obviously on a recon of PoW camps and shortly thereafter a B29 dropped food,medicine and clothing to the inmates.

You can actually see the supplies being dropped to them in the last picture in the upper right corner.

The picture of the Helldiver reminded me of the account.

It must have been an agonising wait to get home for the poor sods. The account I read told how the PoW's basically took over the camp and got on with life for another 14 days before allied forces reached them.

Interesting pictures mate.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
09-18-2007, 06:07 PM
Great pics, as usual, Waldo.

I interviewed some former Far East P.O.W's a few years ago - the only time I ever wept after hearing first-hand war stories (after they'd gone, of course, stiff upper lip and all that).

One of them gave me a drawing he made as soon as he was liberated - he just threw together his recollections of the past four years on one sheet of paper. I used to look at it when life got me down and think 'What problems have I got?'

He was transported home via a long railway journey across Canada. He never forgot the extreme kindness shown by the Canadian people during his time there.

Esel1964
09-18-2007, 08:05 PM
My high school German teacher flew a B-29 "Rusty Dusty" in the Pacific,from Guam,Saipan,then after the war he flew the POW drop missions in Japan.
He said just as the pictures show,they'd paint something in English to ID the camp,then they'd drop the supplies in 55 gal. drums on chutes.

He said once they signed the peace treaty on the Missouri,the pace of the missions dropped off drastically,because they expected ground troops to be moving in.