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peterm1
06-10-2004, 03:37 PM
Taken on Ballai island, Northern Solomons. More found here.....

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=26310365&m=101103554&r=196102754#196102754

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture69a.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture14a.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture16a.jpg

peterm1
06-10-2004, 03:37 PM
Taken on Ballai island, Northern Solomons. More found here.....

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=26310365&m=101103554&r=196102754#196102754

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture69a.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture14a.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture16a.jpg

EmbarkChief
06-10-2004, 05:19 PM
Nice post, I saw your other pictures and they look very nice. I might add that while staioned in Okinawa, Japan I did a little diving myself. Unfortunately there were no diveable wrecks until they discevered the USS Edmunds right when I shipped out. However, I did find some ordnance here and there and even brought some old .50cals and some Japanese ammo home with me. Just in case you were wondering, after 60 years under water, the powder still burned after drying off. My most prized find was a Japanese bullet with kanji writing on it that was in 60Ft of water just off the coast. I asked a mama-san about the writing and she informed me that the writing said "type 90" and "East" or something to that effect. Neat stuff.

peterm1
06-11-2004, 02:41 AM
Thanks EmbarkChief. Never made it to Okinawa but got as far as Peleliu. That was something too. Plenty of ordinance laying around in the jungle and I recall driving along the main trail running beside bloody nose ridge and there was a tank shell laying in the middle of the road. (Locals pick them up and use them for illegal fishing.I t had probably fallen from the back of a pickup.)Don't have photos - ex wife has them (damn) Does not surpise me that the propellant still burns. As I said in another post one of our group tried this and got the same result. personally I was more worried about the explosive content of shells. Who knows how unstable that stuff could be. Great luck finding the bullet with the script. Only thing comparable I found was in Truk where we went into the surgery on board ...I think it was the Shinkoku Maru. There was a notepad there still with Japanese writing in it...could never figure how it had not rotted away.

mpsc00
06-11-2004, 04:00 AM
Hehe, what's the guy in the blue shirt in the second picture lookin' at? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Ahem, sorry - the only contribution I could think of to this thread - I'll be on my way now http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif

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peterm1
06-11-2004, 08:59 AM
Not at all. I got a sneakin suspicion I know EXACTLY what fuselage he is checking out.

Eagle_361st
06-11-2004, 11:08 AM
Very cool pictures, thanks for sharing those.http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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DuxCorvan
06-12-2004, 03:47 AM
Very nice all those people laughing and playing on someone's probable tomb... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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BPLIzard
06-12-2004, 10:47 PM
http://www.j-aircraft.com/relics/roy_wiggs/extraz~1.jpg

http://www.j-aircraft.com/relics/roy_wiggs/3qtnos~1.jpg

http://www.j-aircraft.com/relics/roy_wiggs/leftvi~1.jpg

http://www.j-aircraft.com/relics/roy_wiggs/rtnose~1.jpg

http://www.j-aircraft.com/relics/peter_flahavin/Wildcat%20fighter%203.jpg

http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/BPLizard/Lizard/BlitzPig.jpg (http://www.blitzpigs.com)

peterm1
06-13-2004, 12:40 AM
hi Lizard,
I think I recognise the last couple of shots (they look like aircraft on display in a little outdoors museum in Honiara Solomon Islands) But do you know the story behind the other shots???

BPLIzard
06-13-2004, 01:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by peterm1:
hi Lizard,
I think I recognise the last couple of shots (they look like aircraft on display in a little outdoors museum in Honiara Solomon Islands) But do you know the story behind the other shots???<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Lt. Ozaki was shot down by Lt.Cdr.**** Harmer, the CO of VF(N)-101 flying an F4U-2 (not an F6F as in the Japanese account). It was just a lucky shot that barely damaged the plane but a shell fragment must have wounded Ozaki. He attempted to return to Agana Airfield where he was on temporary duty from 343rd NAG stationed at Tinian.

He was unable to land at the airfield so he bellied it in about a mile and a half from the runway. The action took place in the afternoon (between 1600-1800) on Monday the 19th of June 1944, the first day of the infamous "Marianas Turkey Shoot".

It seems Lt.Ozaki and his wingman were trying to strafe an SOC that had landed and was rescuing a downed pilot. Harmer and Lt. H.C.Clem (the XO of VF-10) were flying top cover and went to help the SOC, but Clem stalled out and before he could recover Lt.Ozaki turned on him and shot him down and he crashed into the Ocean. Lt.Cdr.Harmer got a few hits on Ozaki and he was last seen heading toward Guam trailing smoke.

Lt.Clem was not rescued and presumably died in the crash, Lt.Ozaki was recovered at the location of his plane but he died on the way to the hospital, he is buried somewhere on Guam. Now if I could just find out the markings and paint scheme for the F4U-2 from VF(N)-101 and the F6F from VF-10 during June of 44 I could build models of all three aircraft.


Here's a good relics site:

http://www.j-aircraft.com/relics/relics.htm

http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/BPLizard/Lizard/BlitzPig.jpg (http://www.blitzpigs.com)