Iejima - 1945

 

A close family friend recently shared some photos that appear to be from the Iejima, a small island NW of Okinawa, circa 1945. The original prints are in pretty rough shape but still quite excellent and with their permission, I'm sharing them with the group. Most appear to have been taken after a storm that damaged, or flipped, many aircraft.

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C-46, left, resting on her lift wing. C-47, just right of center, in the same situation. Between the two you can see the upturned landing gear of another C-46.

C-46 X694 was flipped over during a storm and a truck landed on her belly.

C-46 X694 was flipped over during a storm and a truck landed on her belly.

C-47 resting on her left wing following a storm. Just under her right wing you can see the upturned landing gear of a C-46.

C-46 X695 was moved up against C-46 X354 during the storm. Notice 695's upturned wingtip.

Noorduyn UC-64 on her back following a storm. Note the P-51s in the distance, left.

B-24J, serial 44-40428, "Cocktail Hour" was a 43rd Bomb Group, 64th Bomb Squadron aircraft.

A pair of Mitsubishi Betty bombers and a single Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar.