New Guinea

December 7, 2012
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This picture comes from Port Moresby, New Guinea. Though credited as having been used in September 1943 for the Dayton Daily News, the caption notes that the picture was originally taken in 1942. It was taken following a Japanese air raid on the airfield, which destroyed one C-47 transport at left, and has apparently set fire to the other C-47 on the right. If one looks closely, they can see where heat has wrinkled the skin of the aircraft, just behind the cargo door. The man running towards the camera is carrying cans to be filled with water to try and extinguish the fire.

7 Responses to New Guinea

  1. Ken Stenstrom on September 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    the plane on the left is actually an A-20 light bomber. it looks as if there was possibly an explosion in the bomb bay (air raid, accident?). Don’t see any fire in the C-47, but the force of the explosion could have caused the fuselage to be deformed.

  2. robert rocker on October 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The aircraft on the left is a DC-5 or as the Marines called it a R3D

    • Lisa on October 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Thanks for the updated info, Robert!

  3. Max schep on December 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Bill,
    The photograph was taken at Wardstrip, Port moresby at 17 august 1942.
    On the left an DC5 ex PK-ADB recently registred as VH-CXA.
    On the right a DC3 ex PK-ALT recently registred as VH-CXD.

    Both aircraft were refugee aircraft from the Koninklijke Netherlands Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij (K.N.I.L.M.) from the Netherlands Indies. The KNILM was charted for air transport for the USAFIA in the early days of the war. In may the aircraft were sold to the USAFIA. Ex Netherlands East Indies transports were the backbone of air transport in these days.

    • Lisa on January 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Hi, Max, thank you for the additional information about these aircraft!

  4. Gordon Birkett on December 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Ok, for the facts

    Its a Douglas DC-5-511 per Directorate of Air Transport, Rego VHCXB (Ex PJ-AIW KLM/PK-ADD KNILM named ” Alk” /USAAF Designation C-110-DE FY44-83231 that was bombed at Wards Strip PNG(Near Port Moresby)on the 17/08/42. The damaged aircraft on the right is a C-49H-DO FY44-83228 ex PH-ALT KLM named “Torenvalk”/later PK-ALT KNILM then Directorate of Air Transport Rego VHCXD ex Java 1942. The FY Serials were only allotted in 1944 when bought outright. Both are ex KNILM and had escaped from Java in March 1942 to Australia. USAAF 21st and 22nd TCS used them.
    Best
    Gordon Birkett, Australia

    • Lisa on January 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Hi, Gordon, thank you also for the additional information about the planes in this photo!

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