"Gert and Daisy" - the Sunderlands in Burma

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by Hebridean Chindit, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Hebridean Chindit

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    There is the potential of many hundreds of similar quality images, Steve... these are PS'd to improve the contrast... I'll try and offer a date as there are several clues within the films and my own notes...
     
  2. Hebridean Chindit

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    These images are from ABY-9 - run time 0.45 to 1.30 - the wounded or sick are from an incoming flight by "Gert"...

    All Images are copyright IWM - they are placed here for research purposes only.
     

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  3. Hebridean Chindit

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    ABY-9 - run time 1.47 to 2.03.

    As already noted above - all images are property of the IWM and are produced here for research purposes only...

    The film they are from is available for purchase from the IWM (special order only).
     

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  4. Hebridean Chindit

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    ABY-9 - run time 2.05 to 2.23.

    This appears to conclude this DUKW's trip.

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  5. Hebridean Chindit

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    ABY-9 - run time 2.24 to 2.42

    The first picture, highly over exposed and comprising possibly only a couple of frames; blink and you miss it, but it gives us some cameraman info, clapperboard fashion...

    SUNDERLAND
    ROLL 5 DAY EX
    2.6.44 PLUS

    This was the first successful flight; the casualties were recovered from the northern end of the lake...

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  6. Our bill

    Our bill Well-Known Member

    Thank you Ken for sharing your work with us . I so enjoy your posts . I feel with the work you and a few other members on this site do Burma will no longer be the forgotten war . Kind regards Elsie
     
  7. Hebridean Chindit

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    On it goes... ;)

    ABY-9 - 3.04 to 3.31

    All images are property of the IWM - all images have been placed for research purposes only...

    Again, an image of a group of onlookers... The last image is from a few seconds of the man walking somewhat nonchalantly near the river whilst enjoying a smoke; it looks like it was at dusk, so presumably the end of this section...
     

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  8. Hebridean Chindit

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    ABY-9 - 3.42 to 3.48

    All images property of the IWM...

    3rd to 6th images look like a "joy ride" - local "personnel" possibly going out to see the Sunderland...? No image connected to the Boats during this section... The officer with the sunglasses appears to be showing USAAF insignia...
    The Sunderland's shown together, I am presuming, was filmed on 4th June around 1500, with Daisy in the foreground and Gert just landing... this would tie up with records...
     

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  9. Hebridean Chindit

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    This is just a bump as it is now 70 years since my dad had escaped from "Blackpool" (25th May), badly injured, and was enduring a four day mountain crossing with no food and little or no ammunition.
    I'm presently compiling the Squadrons summer newsletter and will post a copy of an article I'm including within it here at a later point.
    The two images attached are stills from IWM film ABY12 and show DP180/"Orange"/"Gert" in flight during "Operation River"
     

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  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi HC,

    Well done for continuing to add these photographs to this thread, the Sunderland's rescuing casualties from the lake is one of the most striking images from Chindit 2. I'd love something similar to get my teeth into from the year before!

    What am I talking about………I've got more than enough on my plate already!!! :indexCAXI2NHN:
     
  11. Hebridean Chindit

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    I'll be back to chronological posting of images from the IWM files as soon as I can... in the process of completing the Sqn's summer newsletter... last minute change means a re-write of several sections... there are some great lakeside images to come... here's a nice shot in the PDF newsletter article I've put in to this edition...
    It show Flt Sgt Wright (co-pilot of Gert), armed with Sten gun watching over the lake whilst one of the "kit" boats approaches loaded with evacuees...
     

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  12. Hebridean Chindit

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    D-Day, 6th June... whilst other heroes are being remembered, 110 Chindits had been flown out on the Sunderlands. both aircraft were undergoing scheduled maintenance or essential repairs so no one was flown out...
     
  13. zahonado

    zahonado Well-Known Member

    Great photos HC I wonder who were the woman and girl in one of the pics? has anyone been recognised yet? Ditto Bamboo ...if only there were similar images of the Lancashire fusiliers available, apart from the one in Mogaung that is frequently reproduced.
     
  14. Hebridean Chindit

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    Nothing, Za... though the Brass in the picture needs to be checked... still plenty for me to process...

    8th June 1944 had Daisy on scheduled maintenance and Gert on flying duties, taking 29 people in and 41 casualties out...
     
  15. zahonado

    zahonado Well-Known Member

    HC.. Did you see in the 77diaries that the code word for flying boat was "cheesecake"? I don't know if it was used much....
     
  16. Hebridean Chindit

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    Original code names were Walnut and Cheesecake - there's some details a few pages back - dropped fairly early on - I have the order to change the codes on file...

    In Burma, on this date in '44 it was all going to Hell-in-a-handcart for Daisy and Gert had flown home so there was much to do and nothing but misery on the Brahmaputra for Daisy's crew...

    At this point circa 440 Chindit's had been rescued...
     
  17. Hebridean Chindit

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    It's this date in 1944 that Daisy was finally put out of action, again by the action of an errant DUKW driver when the port float struts were wrecked... she never flew again, but the crew were not to know this at this point...

    Gert was recalled...
     
  18. Hebridean Chindit

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    28th June 1944... Gert completed the journey back to Dibrugarh to make a few more rescue journeys... she was unable to start work straight away as she arrived with a faulty ASI, but no time was wasted in resolving this issue...
     
  19. Hebridean Chindit

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    June 30th 1944 - dad's 21st birthday, spent in an Indian hospital... he was one of the lucky ones...

    Gert flew the first mission of her second part of the op and although there was heavy cloud and rain, both ways, she successfully flew out a further 40 Chindits...
     
  20. Hebridean Chindit

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    July 1st 1944 - Gert successfully completed another mission flying out another 40 injured Chindits...
     

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