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Day 25

sunny 35 °C

Today, our last day in the “Bar”, we drove out to the site of the secret WW2 air base.

Now this was a very interesting day. The two runways and taxiways are still usable and the revetments are still there, although somewhat eroded. We found one gun emplacement. Unfortunately this is not a heritage site so everything removable has been removed.

This is an extract from “The West”.
Of course, in this remote area, things were not always so deathly quiet, particularly as the regular roar of the four 1200hp engines of the long-range B-24 Liberator bombers wheeled at the end of the runway and paused before commencing their take-off run, heavily laden with bombs to pound Japanese bases on Java, Borneo, Celebes, Singapore and other island targets to the north of the Australia.

If you want to see this on google maps then follow this link.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=-21.42793,119.77998&ll=-21.42793,119.77998&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Posted by BobnJo-Elsbury 03:50 Archived in Australia

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