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ordway
09-01-2005, 08:49 PM
For detailed, clear overhead aerial photos of the WW2 Allied Pacific airfields of Vella Lavella, Munda, Ondonga, Segi, Banika, etc. get the book Air-to-Air by Chris Rudge. I just received it by mail from New Zealand. My jaw is dropping. The photos cover the whole airfield(or 95%) and include taxiways, revetments and buildings. The airfields are shown in heavy use with up to fifty Allied aircraft on them.

Anyway, it took about three weeks of scouring the internet, Amazon.com, used book stores, etc before I finally emailed Chris for details. It is not cheap, but worth every penny as I can't even start getting overheads of all these airfields in their entirety.

If you want to order it, go to http://www.warbirdsite.com

-I highly recommend this book as it is virtually unique from what I can see.

-Richard Ordway

ordway
09-01-2005, 08:49 PM
For detailed, clear overhead aerial photos of the WW2 Allied Pacific airfields of Vella Lavella, Munda, Ondonga, Segi, Banika, etc. get the book Air-to-Air by Chris Rudge. I just received it by mail from New Zealand. My jaw is dropping. The photos cover the whole airfield(or 95%) and include taxiways, revetments and buildings. The airfields are shown in heavy use with up to fifty Allied aircraft on them.

Anyway, it took about three weeks of scouring the internet, Amazon.com, used book stores, etc before I finally emailed Chris for details. It is not cheap, but worth every penny as I can't even start getting overheads of all these airfields in their entirety.

If you want to order it, go to http://www.warbirdsite.com

-I highly recommend this book as it is virtually unique from what I can see.

-Richard Ordway

TAGERT.
09-02-2005, 01:50 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ordway:
For detailed, clear overhead aerial photos of the WW2 Allied Pacific airfields of Vella Lavella, Munda, Ondonga, Segi, Banika, etc. get the book Air-to-Air by Chris Rudge. I just received it by mail from New Zealand. My jaw is dropping. The photos cover the whole airfield(or 95%) and include taxiways, revetments and buildings. The airfields are shown in heavy use with up to fifty Allied aircraft on them.

Anyway, it took about three weeks of scouring the internet, Amazon.com, used book stores, etc before I finally emailed Chris for details. It is not cheap, but worth every penny as I can't even start getting overheads of all these airfields in their entirety.

If you want to order it, go to http://www.warbirdsite.com

-I highly recommend this book as it is virtually unique from what I can see.

-Richard Ordway </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Your still alive?

VFS-214_Hawk
09-02-2005, 05:01 PM
Ok, I will stoop to the lowest level......how about just post the pics for us poor folks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Nimits
09-05-2005, 10:18 AM
Seriously . . .

VFS-214_Hawk
09-05-2005, 10:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Nimits:
Seriously . . . </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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asgeirr73
09-05-2005, 11:08 AM
http://www.seabees93.net/GI%20Maps%20and%20arials/index.html

http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/solomons_western.html

VFS-214_Hawk &gt; these might perhaps be something

intressting site for the old wreks to so have a look

VFS-214_Hawk
09-17-2005, 08:58 PM
no pics yet? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Professor_06
09-18-2005, 11:43 AM
A brief history of the missions at Vella Lavella

American Missions Against Vella Lavella

February 27, 1943
P-40s and P-38s join Navy aircraft in an attack on small vessels off Vella Lavella; hits are claimed on 2 vessels.
July 9, 1943
B-25's and several fighters sent against forces near Vella Lavella Island, fail to locate the target
July 15, 1943
A large enemy force, estimated at 27 bombers and 40-50 Zekes, is intercepted over Vella Lavella Island by USAAF and other Allied fighters, which claim 15 bombers and 30 Zekes destroyed, against 3 losses.
August 15, 1943
Fighters cover the American landings on the island near Barakoma. Allied airplanes knock down about 25 Japanese aircraft (7 by Army Air Forces fighters) attacking the landings.
August 19, 1943
In the Solomon Islands, B-25's, operating in pairs and with fighter escort, hit barges at Timbala Bay on Vella Lavella, Kakasa radio station on Gill Island, and a beached vessel in Paraso Bay.
August 22, 1943
B-25's and US Navy dive bombers, escorted by fighter aircraft, bomb barge centers on the W coast of Vella Lavella Island.
August 31, 1943
P-40's, in a running battle over Vella Lavella, claim 5 Japanese airplanes shot down; other P-40's strafe barges in Timbala Bay on Vella Lavella.
October 31, 1943
Lieutenant H. D. O'Neil of VF(N)-75, operating from Munda, New Georgia, destroyed a Betty during a night attack off Vella Lavella, the first kill by a radar-equipped night fighter of the Pacific Fleet. Major T. E. Hicks and Tech Sergeant Gleason from VMF(N)-531 provided ground-based fighter direction.

Japanese Missions Against Vella Lavella

August 19-28, 1943
Japanese airplanes attack Allied forces in the Barakoma area of Vella Lavella Island, losing a considerable number of aircraft (claims total about 50) to Allied fighters and ground fire without doing any great damage to the Allies.

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We need 1943!!!!..


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VFS-214_Hawk
09-18-2005, 02:35 PM
Its pretty simple, we need "The SLot", there is plenty of ground attacks as well as dogfights.