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Mystery Photo

Discussion in 'All Hands Club & Canteen Discussion Area' started by Lucky Partners, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    While looking for something else I stumbled on to this photo. Topic appears to have been taken up on another forum in 2009, Armchair General. A couple wild guesses posted but nothing that seemed convincing. The general location looks to me like Kingman but all of the Kingman photos I have show a much more orderly situation, certainly not aircraft partially cut up in random locations out in a field. From what I see in Kingman photos after being stripped of engines and usable parts the aircraft were moved to a central location where the guillotine would chop them up. Any and all comments would be appreciated.

    scrap yard.jpg
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  2. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    Looks like Biak

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  3. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Dave is most likely right with Biak or other Pacific boneyard https://www.warhistoryonline.com/wa...g-one-of-his-patients-killed-98-japanese.html things were less tidy overseas.

    As opposed to the boneyards in ZI run by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) who were in most cases salvaging these warbirds in an orderly manor, recovering war expenditures for Uncle Sam postwar in scrap bucks, pennies on the dollar compared to producing these magnificent flying machines.

    Edit: Looks like a link to Hal's image here http://b-24.weebly.com/before--after1.html note location not known but suspected to be the Biak Depot. Location reference only http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/irian_biak.html

    Biak additional http://coconutconnections.blogspot.com/2012/02/the-remnants-of-war-on-biak-island-papua.html
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  4. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. Never realized the extent of the hardware that was scrapped and left to rot on these islands. Scott's weebly link is an eye opener.
  5. pathfinder504

    pathfinder504 Active Member

    Can you do a hi-rez capture of the nose art of the B-24 in the lower left corner? Maybe we can trace it's fate based on the plane name.
  6. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

  7. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    I wish! It was posted at only 72 dpi and if I try to go any closer than this it just pixelates. And conveniently all the tails are chopped off!

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  8. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    at Nadzab, you can see the mountains in the background -- Biak was pretty much grasslands.

    Also, at Biak, the army broke the backs of the B-24's to prevent them from ever flying again.

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    nazab today.JPG
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    terveurn Active Member

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