Emirau Island

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Rachel75
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Emirau Island

Post by Rachel75 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:30 pm

Hi,
Just after anyone that was stationed on Emirau Island towards the end of WW2.
My Grandfather was there and kept several diaries - would be great to know more about the people mentioned in them...or people who were there at the same time.
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Re: Emirau Island

Post by Rachel75 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:24 pm

A little further information:
His name is Charles 'Chic' Elsmore.
He was in charge of 5 SU and worked with 10 SU.
He was in the RNZAF Fire and Servicing Units.
He was stationed there between October 1944 until September 1945

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by Chooky » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:51 pm

Hi Rachel
might be a long shot, but I visited the RNZAF museum at Wigram a few years back & one of the guides said he was stationed on Emirau. I can't remember if he was in an SU or a pilot. You can probably send an enquiry to the museum via: info@airforcemuseum.co.nz incase he or any other ex WW2 guides have been stationed there. Cheers Rob

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by Rachel75 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:43 am

Hi Rob,
Thanks for that! I will contact Wigram and see if they can help me :)
Cheers
Rachel

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by sherryl » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:28 pm

Hello Rachel, I hope you were able to find some information about your grandfather. My husbands uncle was stationed on Emirau with the American Marines flying a bomber unit. His name was Donald Holz PFC and his plane crashed with another plane as he was taking off and they were landing. No survivors. It seems they crashed over the water so no bodies were recovered. Was there any mention in your grandfathers diary? The date was February 27, 1945. Grateful for any info, thank you. Sherryl

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by Rachel75 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:34 am

Hi Sherryl,
Thanks for your post. I checked my diary file and below is what he wrote on that day. He had a whole bunch of mates that he was stationed with on the island and we are hoping to find someone that is still alive, but its a bit hard going at the moment. If I find one, will ask about your Uncle too and let you know.
Hope this helps...
Cheers
Rachel

Tuesday 27th
Day off today got up at eight when strike went out then two PBJ collided in the air the crew of one bailed out except CO & pilot went over to south strip in tender & saw them bring plane in, other plane went into sea all hands lost only two of five bailed out found also something about PBY going in also don't know much about it, also some Japs on New Guinea took a C 47 & got away with it & they can't be found

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by sherryl » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:19 pm

Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for your reply. It seems like such a small thing, but it means a lot to know that his passing left its mark if only a short side note in a fellow heroes diary. Thanks again and good luck in your search. Sherryl

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by Rachel75 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:39 am

Hi Sherryl,
Not a problem...I agree it is a special thing.
Its sure a small world, I was pleased when I looked up the dates and saw what he wrote there.
Take care.
Rachel

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Re: Emirau Island

Post by tc64 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:55 pm

Hi, I've just joined this site & have seen your post!

My Father was also at Emirau from October 1944 until August 1945, he was a Flight Rigger/Fitter with RNZAF 5SU so possibly knew your Grandfather. Unfortunately my Dad died in 2005, but I have all of his military things which include alot of photos of his time on Emirau, mostly around the 5SU aircraft revetments, but others also. He worked on Corsairs so most photos are of those & I still have his Corsair toolkit/roll !!
His name was James (Jim) Stewart Crarer & he was from Wairoa.
I'd be interested to hear anything at all about Emirau.

Thanks, Tony :)

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