All my explorations were personally
funded and nobody nor any organisation ever subsidised my efforts.
The stuff I saved, I donated to the WAAM, AWM and Nauru
Museum and was never
paid. I did it because I could see the need to save some of these
relics for the future. I would love to be part of expeditions today
that would go out to recover items for other museums so that something
remains for the future. Once you have seen old warbirds out in the
bush or jungle you just can never have enough of them. I know that
my involvement in warbirds and war junk has kept me perpetually
broke, as I am today but having fun being broke. Being in Nauru
led me on to Tarawa, the Marshall islands, Solomon islands, New
Guinea, Vanuatu and now to Pohnpei.
Western Australia Interview and background. Learn about
how he got interested in WWII relics in Western Australia and
how his travels lead him to the Pacific battlefields
Broome Target of the Japanese on March 3, 1942 several
seaplane wrecks exisit still, including the rare German mande
three engine Dornier Do 24 Flying Boat.
Northern Territory Also the target of Japanese planes, there
are many wrecks around Darwin, including several P-40 wrecks
and Japanese A6M and G4M
Ki-46 Western Australia This plane was the only Japanese plane ever shot down in combat over
Western Australia. They would be seen all the time but were
rarely intercepted and more rarely shot down.
Tarawa Atoll Many interesting finds in the lagoon and on the beaches of Betio
Island, site of fierce fighiting between the US Marines and
Nauru When I heard that there were still Zeros
on Nauru I took a job there. Exported to Australia
for the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra two engines
and a crate of airframe parts.
Remains of aircraft from the American airfield there, and Japanese
seaplanes destroyed by Carson's raiders.
Type 97 Te Ke Restoration Restoration of this complete
and running Japanese light tank! Equipped with all original gear and with a
working main gun.
Only place I've been to where there are continuous
overlapping bomb craters. Taroa was a major air base and was
the eastern most airbase of the Japanese Empire.