August 18 2014
"All my bags are packed,
I'm ready to go.............
I'm leaving on a jetplane"
HaHa hope I don't have that song rattling around in my brain now! It was written by John Denver and recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1967, becoming one of their greatest hits.
So... only 2 sleeps to go, my bags ARE packed, in Karen's teeny excess New York luggage, and I'm ready to go Sriwijaya Air. I hope it's just a glitch that I seem to be unable to retrieve our E-tickets for Jakarta-Ternate *shakes fist*. Luckily we have them printed out so if it's just a computer glitch then we are OK. If not and the flight has been changed then I await an email in trepidation as our hotels have been booked for corresponding dates. Oh well, it's just part of the adventure and I'm sure we will prevail.
Below is an extract of a report in The West Australian, November 17, 1945. It is a general report of the work done by all RAAF Airfield Constructions Squadrons, but indicates some of the really great achievements made by
"In between landings and rush air- field construction work the men of the A.C.S.'s had many duties to perform. Strips had to be maintained any many buildings erected. In Dutch New Guinea they set another record—4,000,000 super feet of timber produced from their own saw- mill in four months. They also built a 400ft bridge at Aitape. How well the men of the A.C.S.'s succeeded in their work was shown in the day-to-day communiques from General MacArthur's Head- quarters. Every month greater and greater bomb loads fell further and further inside what were once the boundaries of Japan's co-prosperity sphere. As the bombers and fighters reached out the foundations of their efforts were laid by the men of the R.A.A.F. A.C.S's. They worked and fought so that the crews might fly."
Reported in The Mercury (Hobart) February 12, 1947