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Old 26th Jun 2010, 00:07
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The Phantom

After Kieta the Phantom was the manager at a hotel in Kavieng. He visited Cairns quite often... and was at my office door early mornings busting for a white can!! He died in Brisbane a couple of years later.
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Old 26th Jun 2010, 22:50
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There was another larger than life boozer operater. Cant for the life of me recall his name . Last seen he had a big pub in Bankstown near the airport mid 70's
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Old 27th Jun 2010, 11:14
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Ahhhhh........John Hickey?
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Old 29th Jun 2010, 13:29
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Torres....The Gillies bar as I know it, is upstairs above the ground level bar on the corner,got to admit I have never been in that bar,for the life of me I can't think why we never went down there......Friday nights was club night at the Gillies and when the key draw got to around K1000 out came the Kiwi's...I could never understand why my fellow country people would only come when the key draw was worth a few bucks, maybe because the exchange rate was quite good back then...I know I doubled my pay packet when I first went up there.
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Old 30th Jun 2010, 23:01
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Us poor bloody Kiwis. The South Pacific Irish
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 05:38
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South Pacific Jews. (Tight as..)
Along with the SDA Diaspora.. Some Days (never) Available
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 08:54
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Kiwis. Proof Taswegians can swim!

Tinpis bought a property in Tasmania. I understand he's tracing his roots.

Ahhh, Tasmania. Half a million people, ten surnames......

Brothers, Merve and Les Gillies were WWII veterans who settled in Goroka and owned a small building company, their final workshop was behind the Pacific Helicopters hangar. "Sparrow" worked with them for many years.

They had great personalities, always good for a joke and a laugh. When I first met them they drank rum and milk and as they couldn't afford a fridge, it was Capt Morgan Rum, Sunshine powdered milk, stir and add water!

I remember Les went to Jack Thick's timber yard near the Teacher's College in Goroka (next door to the Talair Stone Houses) to get some 4 x 2 timber. Les picked over the timber then said to Jack Thick in his slow drawl:

"Jack, you better take this all down to Air Niugini."

"Why is that?" asked Jack.

"It'd make bloody good prepellors" replied Les.



Jack Thick had a couple of ex WWII GMC 6x4 trucks that he and Poppa Raasch used to recover Bobby Gibbes Junkers Ju52 from Wau in the late 50's, after Peter Manser demolished the Qantas Airport office in one of his better Junkers landings.

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Old 1st Jul 2010, 13:41
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You blokes danunnda -as you are talking about GSA here's some memories for you.



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Old 1st Jul 2010, 17:59
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"Why is that?" asked Jack.
Torres, didn´t you forget to insert some words on this quote of Jack Thick.

Wouldn´t it rather have sounded like: "Bloody why is bloody that?" At least that is what I remember of Jack Thick the two times I met him. Every second word was
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 21:08
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Yes, Jack had a limited vocabulary and a way with words!

That is Jack, back on in the second photo. The trucks are a Studebaker and a GMC.

Bobby Gibbes died in April 2007 but Jeannie is alive and well in Sydney.
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Old 3rd Jul 2010, 01:10
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Thumbs down

A wantok just emailed me this link,he was caught up in it.

'Rambo' sprays PNG airport with bullets | Herald Sun
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Old 3rd Jul 2010, 01:31
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Its great when things don't change. I flew over Moresby before dawn this morning en route AKL - BWN and my colleague decided to monitor the ATIS. No ATIS just a massage to contact GRND or TWR for the weather - the same message they have been playing every morning for as long as I can remember. My colleague was surprised so I told him about going into the TWR for flight planning before dawn one morning nearly 20 years ago. After rousing them from their slumbers on the floor,

"Moning tru, nogat weather?"

"No"

"How come?"

"it is dark"

We asked for it and it was finally relayed to us about half way to Kikori - I couldn't help but smile.

Oh and WW the most popular rental videos played on community TVs in the settlements in my time were Rambo and Chuck Norris vids. I doubt that has changed either.
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Old 3rd Jul 2010, 23:22
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Chuckles, next time you are over the top give PX ops a call and get you crew duties !!!!! I'm sure you will be given some and that's no joke !

Rambo and Chuck Norris movies are used as educational material in some villages of PNG.
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 09:58
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Airstrips PNG

This is probably the last one in my collection. Any clues?

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Old 6th Jul 2010, 10:11
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Nugidu

Referring to post #2665, here are some later pictures of Nugidu airfield and surroundings, taken in 1988



Two pictures of the old WWII Bitchumen covering most of the peninsula:





...and old parts from the war turning into a part of the coral shoreline...

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Old 6th Jul 2010, 10:15
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Storch, Aitape (not the short town strip, but the one to the east?).
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 11:47
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Storch, Aitape (not the short town strip, but the one to the east?).
That would be Tadji, but these photos don't look like Tadji to me.
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 11:57
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Also looks a bit like Wasu but I don't think it is as the coastline is the wrong shape...
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 14:48
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No no, not Aitape, not Tadji and not Wasu. It was still there in 1988, but if it´s still there now....
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 15:01
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Saidor?

And to make the post long enough - The ground just this side of the strip looks like its been bombed - Saidor was a wartime strip.

If not Saidor I'd say Sialum.

I think the last time I landed at either was late 1988.
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