The Ava bridge, Sagaing.

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  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Is this the bridge in question?

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  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi CF,

    I only recently emerged from the other side of such joy, just got to get the last one through University now. :D
     
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    My rather poor contribution to this thread in terms of images:

    Not sure where the first image came from now??
    Second one is from 2008 when I visited the area, please ignore the fellows in the foreground.

    Ava Bridge damage Hurricane copy.JPG 2008.jpg
     
  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    A healthy disposable income is a thing of the past but you have to buy these things when they turn up as you are unlikely to see them offered for sale again.
     
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  5. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    yes, that would appear to be the Ava Bridge photographed from the Sagaing (West) side.
     
  6. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    A superb piece of footage. I particularly liked the opening of the gate to let road traffic through, we should think about reintroducing a similar system on the Dartford Bridge.
     
  7. Charpoy Chindit

    Charpoy Chindit Junior Member

    I think the rifles in the film are probably P14 Enfields. They must have had some in Burma; I have seen reports of their use by BTA forces, or possibly ADF.
     
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  8. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Yes, you are right, they are using P14. Well spotted.
     
  9. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Ava Bridge 3.jpg Close up.
     
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  10. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Ava Bridge 2.jpg Close up. The red squares mark pagodas.
     
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  11. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    AVA bridge (2).jpg Number 3.
     
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  12. Ian Naismith

    Ian Naismith New Member

     
  13. Ian Naismith

    Ian Naismith New Member

    My father ( Alex Naismith) was with 261 Sqd, his log book entry for Dec 17 1944 reads, " Thunderbolt - F. Bomb strafe Sagaing, Very accurate heavy flak but pressed on regardless! Hits on bridge pier.
     
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  14. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    It has been a year since I uploaded that image and I have quite forgotten where on the Internet I found it. Apologies if I misappropriated it from a site of yours or anything like that.
     
  15. Ian Naismith

    Ian Naismith New Member

    No not at all
    I have just joined this site and from my research my father was not the first or the last to undertake an alteration to this bridge.
    This is a magic site.
    Wish I had found it b4
     
  16. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I have finally got around to downloading the Squadron Operations Record Book for the series of photographs in this thread.

    From AIR 27/2202.

    681 (P.R.) Squadron 24/1/1945.
    Aircraft type and No.:Spitfire "Y" P.L.907.
    Crew: F/Lt. Merrow. J.D. Aus.411634. R.A.A.F.
    Duty: Photo Recce.
    Time up: Alipore 07.40 Time down: Kalemyo 09.06. Time up: Kalemyo 10.50 Time down: Kalemyo 13.20. Time up: Kalemyo 14.50 Time down: Alipore 16.20.

    Remarks:
    Operations: P.R. of Special Areas near MEIKTILA and SAGAING: Town ANISAKAN.
    After refuelling at Kalemyo set course for Meiktila at 10.50 hours. Arrived over Special Area and commenced photography at 11.35 hours from 30,000' covering Special Area with 2 runs on 236 degrees, 056 degrees and 236 degrees. At 12.10 hours reduced height on nearing ANISAKAN to cover the town with one run on 210 degrees from 23,500'. Set course for SAGAING climbing to 30,000' and covered Special Area with six runs, running out of film on the last run. At 12.40 set course for Kalemyo. No opposition Visual. Large fire with smoke rising to 2000' about one mile North of Myotha.
     
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