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Zombie Planes May 3, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
Zombie Planes

***Dedicated to Ricardo*** Beach is properly modest about his knowledge of aeronautics – apart from perhaps the prehistory of flight. But he is as moved as the next man to see the spitfire test in First of the Few or (1.37.40)  or, for that matter, Corky sweating in Tales of the Golden Monkey as a […]

Death Diaries and Plane Doors August 4, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Death Diaries and Plane Doors

A diary today from the door of an American transport plane: crazy, yes, but bear with Beach. Its contents act like smelling salts. The door in question was off an C-47 nick-named, for reasons that will soon become apparent, the Flying Dutchman. The FD came down  10 November 1942 in jungle over New Guinea, yet […]

Lost in Shangri-La July 20, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary

In May 1945 an American flight over central New Guinea crashed and killed all but three of the twenty four servicemen on board. The three survivors – two men and a woman – found themselves in the midst of a dense jungle miles from home. They managed to parley with the local tribespeople – who […]

Image: Decapitation at Aitape, 1943 October 24, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Image: Decapitation at Aitape, 1943

Beachcombing continues with his series of striking images. He is offering today though not the neat studio photograph of an Australian, Leonard Siffleet (1916-1943), opposite. But another more worrisome photograph of the same man that he has included in the middle of this post. There any reader, who feels up to it, will see the brave Australian […]