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Old 16th Apr 2010, 00:11
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Laurie Crowley will be 90 in May. Working on the farm still in the Wagga area.
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Old 16th Apr 2010, 01:03
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Ma Stewart also loaned money to Errol Flynn, but of course was never repaid.

Her grandson, Moresby, also was well known in PNG aviation, not necessarily for his shy and retiring nature, nor outstanding people skills.

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Old 16th Apr 2010, 02:18
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Looks like that photo was taken in a 402, I though JMB only traveled in the nose lockers of 402's, especially when beer had to be drunk and there were no seats left !!!!!!
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Old 16th Apr 2010, 03:29
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Ma Stewart also loaned money to Errol Flynn, but of course was never repaid.
According to legend, Ma lent Erol Flynn ten quid to get out of the country in a hurry. Years later she wrote and asked for the money back but all he sent was a personally autographed photograph. The framed photo was at the Cecil 45 years ago.

Laurie Crowley will be 90 in May.
That is great to hear. Would have thought he was older than that.
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Old 16th Apr 2010, 06:17
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Airstrips PNG

Here is one more, neither highland, nor coastal. So where could it be???

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Old 16th Apr 2010, 06:19
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Upper Markham?
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Old 16th Apr 2010, 11:54
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That looks very much like a mission strip I flew into a few times at the top end of the Markham and quite close to Dumpu ( I can't remember the name of the strip). If I'm right, it had a windsock at each end which almost invariably pointed exactly 180 degrees in opposite directions in strong winds. Real easy to get caught with a long tailwind float and have to do some frantic braking if you didn't touch down close to the landing threshold before the wind switched direction....
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Old 16th Apr 2010, 18:45
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It´s Ranara. About 8nm pretty due east of Dumpu and more the upper Ramu than the upper Markham. Here´s another view with VH-AMS on the strip.

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Old 16th Apr 2010, 19:04
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Kaintiba

this thread is becoming one of those wonderful books full of yarns which could never have happened in the real world back home in Oz.
A story passed on to me by a former lutheran mission pilot about Kaintiba:

Shortly after VH-AMS was purchased I had it in Lae for a short period of time. Kaintiba was nearly it's demise. The Kalaboose line was working on the Airstrip. As I lined up on final they drove the tractor towing a concrete roller down the middle of the Airstrip. As I was far enough back I had just enough room to turn in the valley. The next day as I was on down wind they drove the tractor off to the right hand side of the 1300ft. airstrip, about half way down when I was on short final, committed to land with no wear else to go without crashing. The National driving the tractor pulled the pin out of the tractor drawbar which released the concrete roller and it started rolling across the airstrip. The National initially chased it then looked at me and turned back, then tried again to catch it and realized I was very close so he headed in the other direction again. I was trying to work out where the roller would be as I basically had to land beside it or I would have gone over the top end of the airstrip. I managed to touchdown narrowerly missing it, but then I had to try and get back on the center of the airstrip so I wouldn't go over the side. The airstrip was wet and I ended up sliding side ways with the brakes locked, getting back on the center line and managed to stop at the top of the airstrip. The thing that saved me was the 17% slope.
Kaintiba 1987
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Old 17th Apr 2010, 09:08
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Ranara! That's it. You are sure bringing back some memories with these photos, SP.

Further up the gorge (behind the camera in the first picture) is Tauta, the strip where Ray Jensch (sp?) went in. The LM bought Wren 460 VH-RAJ to replace the Dornier that crashed.

Ranara was located at the top end of the famous "Shaggy Ridge", where the Australian 7th Division fought and blocked the Japanese from moving further down into the Ramu valley. I think the sharp peak on the right above the strip was "Green Sniper's Pimple" - see the photo below, where members of "A" company, 2/9th infantry battalion are seen digging in at "Green Sniper's Pimple" after the Japanese forces had been driven back during the battle for Shaggy Ridge.

The second image (sorry, not very clear) shows the extent of the action on Shaggy Ridge. Ranara is located somewhere near the top red circle on the map.

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Old 17th Apr 2010, 10:13
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Chimbu warrior I think JMB's people skills were outstanding

One of life's truly succinct and precise communicators
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Old 18th Apr 2010, 04:40
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Chimbu warrior I think JMB's people skills were outstanding

One of life's truly succinct and precise communicators
Tell that to the guys in ATC at Honiara!!!!... that is according to legend in Honiara.
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Old 24th Apr 2010, 13:40
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Mission Strips PNG

Here is another view of Agotu (posted earlier already: #2508), a mission station behind Mt. Michael.


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Old 24th Apr 2010, 21:38
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Just as well it never blew up in them hills there eh?
(Except up around Telefomin sometimes and other horrible places ending in Bip or Min).
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 01:13
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The more I read of this thread the more I sit back on my heels in utter amazement at what the PNG flying fraternity achieves ..
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 02:13
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Moonbil

Does anyone have a photograph of the Moonbil strip very close to the Irian Jaya border?
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 04:52
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 06:48
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Animalclub, I thought I did, but after looking I can't find any...
How about Tumolbil a bit closer again to the border? That strip is even more interesting being deep in the end of a VERY narrow valley!
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 07:18
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That's right J Tulla,

The newcomer with a PNG posting would remember best the cameraderie.

All single staff were provided with full board and lodging at a 'mess'. Everyone, pilots, engineers, traffic officers, office wallahs and (in the case of Ansett & TAA) hosties all shared a common bar, dining hall, went to the movies as a group etc.

There was no 'I am a pilot therefore more valuable than you' attitude.

Pilots, it was said, would live to finish their posting if they survived the first 12 months flying in PNG.

Sadly many didn't.
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 21:21
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Nor is there in Australian aviation.

It's a case of shaft the next person before he/ she shafts you.

A metaphor for the post modern condition perhaps?
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