Images from the private collections of Petty Officer Air Fitter (Airframes)
L. Butt, Petty Officer Air Fitter (?) W. Russell.
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A landing stage with a hut built on stilts extends from the camp area into the lagoon.
The station cinema/theatre at US Naval Air Station Pityilu.
This unusual photo shows a propeller blade embedded in a palm trunk, presumably after
an air crash, The control tower is visible in the background.
Native dwellings constructed from Palms. Such constructions were often used for
temporary accommodation of personnel.
The Maintenance Carrier UNICORN hoisting a Corsair onto a lighter for transfer ashore past the islands coral reef.
Unloading Barracuda aircraft the have been ferried ashore by lighter from an unidentified escort carrier (visible in distance).
Part of the FAP workshop set up, UNICORN can be seen
anchored off the island.
Maintenance personnel from either the FAP or PIONEER's
test flight with a Firefly.
Believed to be Lieutenant (E) M.A.J.M. Hayward, one of
PIONEER’s Air Engineering Officer Pilots with the test flight set-up
ashore by PIONEER. .
Seven reserve Corsairs parked up on Pityilu receive their
daily checks to keep them combat ready.
Maintenance personnel carrying out daily maintenance on
reserve aircraft (Seafire, Corsair & Avenger) parked in the open on
Pityilu, a necessary task due to the excessive humidity at tropical
July 1945, Andy- The-He-Man’ Andrews, part of the HMS PIONEER test flight.
July 1945, Sergeant Bob Moss RAF, part of the HMS PIONEER test flight..
The men of the RN Forward Aircraft Pool on Pityilu.