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by smhune
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Re: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

Found a video of troop training on New Caledonia. Shows some of the interior of the island and a parade thru the streets which shows some of the structures in place at the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBFOaKx5Fz0
by smhune
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Re: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

Due to the lack of a sufficient pool of spare engines in the South Pacific to permit rotation of engines for overhaul, an aircraft engine overhaul base was set up on Ile Nou, with a capacity of 100 engines per month. This project was started in February 1943, by Company C of the 37th Battalions, whi...
by smhune
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Re: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

I found it! http://members.tripod.com/okaw/caledonia.html Pictures of the aircraft engine overhaul base! - actually on the Ile Nou - the island in the harbor at Noumea. I would imagine the buildings labled in the picture as the ship repair facility included the aircraft repair shop. See the notes be...
by smhune
Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Re: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

I found the references below to facilities constructed by by Navy Seabees in Noumea. It references the aircraft engine overhaul unit being moved from Noumea. This was after my Dad came back to the base in San Diego. "The RAAF had a modest seaplane base at Ile Nou which was taken over by the U.S. nav...
by smhune
Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Re: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

I found a history of the construction of the naval facilities in the Pacific. The link is http://ftp1.us.proftpd.org/hyperwar//USN/Building_Bases/bases-24.html. It inlcudes several pictures of the facilities at the time on Noumea, New Caledonia. Still no pictures though of the engine repair facility...
by smhune
Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Re: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

I did finally find some reference to the aircraft engine overhaul base - see below It had been intended originally that the Repair Depot at Santo should carry out complete overhauls of both airframes and engines, making the RNZAF in the forward area self-supporting as far as technical work was conce...
by smhune
Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Veterans
Topic: Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea
Replies: 6
Views: 9067

Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base - Noumea

My father was an Aviation Machinist Mate, First Class, assigned to the Aircraft Engine Overhaul Base in Noumea. He was stationed there for 16 months and was there over Christmas of 1943. He passed away in 2001. I wondered if anyone had pictures of the facilities that existed at that base then or if ...