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[Photograph album of U.S. Air Force squadron on Guadalcanal during World War II]

Label
[Photograph album of U.S. Air Force squadron on Guadalcanal during World War II]
Title
[Photograph album of U.S. Air Force squadron on Guadalcanal during World War II]
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of snapshot photographs taken by a pilot serving in the U.S. Air Force and engaged with the Allied Expeditionary Force in the Guadalcanal campaign against the Japanese, providing a detailed visual record of the men and camp life on the island, probably between 1942 and 1944.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
A sign in one of the photos suggests that the photographer was attached to the 319th Fighter Control Squadron. The Japanese had occupied the Solomon Islands since May 1942 and were in the process of constructing an airfield on Guadalcanal until Aug. 7, 1942 when predominantly American forces overwhelmed the Japanese and took control of the island, subsequently renaming the airstrip "Henderson Field." Among the photographs pertaining to aviation are some aerial views, one crashed airplane which appears to be an American F4U-4 Corsair, and several aircraft in waiting on the Henderson airfield. Two photos taken at early dawn, one taken on the airfield, and one from the sky indicate that the photographer participated in the decisive landing of Aug. 7 sometimes referred to as the Midnight Raid on Guadalcanal, in which Allied warships bombarded the beaches while U.S. carrier aircraft bombed Japanese positions on the target islands. In one photo, a large banner references a Japanese assault on a group of wounded American soldiers on litters, possibly the "Goettge Patrol" tragedy which occurred in August 1942. A similar photograph of this sign appeared on the cover of a 1943 issue of Life magazine. Also pictured is the wreckage of Kinugawa Maru, a transport ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, attacked and sunk on Nov. 15, 1942. Camp life is well documented with scenes of stacks of bombs, trenches to conceal large military vehicles, powerful machinery and guns, and navigating the jungle by compass. There are also photos of the local rodents the men capture for entertainment, outdoor shower facilities, and clusters of tents. Some of the key buildings on base are shown including the "Hotel DeGink," the name given to tents or barracks on each U.S. base to house transient service personnel, Tojo's Ice Plant, "under new management," and the post office for APO 709. The hospital ship USS Bountiful is also shown, as well as a view of a cemetery full of white cross markers. Of special interest are the photos of "Radio City" on Guadalcanal, one of the military radio stations that made up the Mosquito Network which broadcast military as well as local programs and big band music throughout the South-West Pacific, with other stations in New Guinea, New Hebrides, Noumea (New Caledonia), and Auckland (New Zealand). "Radio City" was located in a coconut grove about 1/2 mile from Lunga beach on Guadalcanal, and operated between 1944 and 1946
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of U.S. Air Force squadron on Guadalcanal during World War II]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Possible range of dates from historical references in photographs
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 22 leaves of black paper, arranged two per page; without captions
  • Bound in oblong black cloth album secured with braided black cotton cord; gold-stamped cover title "Photographs."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
14 x 22 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (83 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige linen clamshell case. Purchased from Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts in 2015 for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)911324813
  • ucoclc911324813
Label
[Photograph album of U.S. Air Force squadron on Guadalcanal during World War II]
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Possible range of dates from historical references in photographs
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 22 leaves of black paper, arranged two per page; without captions
  • Bound in oblong black cloth album secured with braided black cotton cord; gold-stamped cover title "Photographs."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
14 x 22 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (83 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige linen clamshell case. Purchased from Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts in 2015 for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)911324813
  • ucoclc911324813

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