shemya photos - page 2
 www.hlswilliwaw.com Shemya's 343rd Ftr Grp P-38, Tail 110, Dan Lange Crew Chief Shemya's 343rd Ftr Grp P-38, Tail 110, Dan Lange Crew Chief
11th Fighter Squadron's P-51, Shemya, 1946. 11th Fighter Squadron's P-51, Shemya, 1946.
11th Fighter Squadron P-51, Shemya, 1946. Dan Lange 11th Fighter Squadron P-51, Shemya, 1946. Dan Lange
11th Fighter Squadron's AT-6 "Texan" Trainer "The Lone Wolf". Dan Lange 1946 11th Fighter Squadron's AT-6 "Texan" Trainer "The Lone Wolf". Dan Lange 1946
2-3. Here's a front view of the 11th Fighter Squadron's P-51 on Shemya. (Dan Lange, 1946). This information from Fred Mitchell of Dallas, TX: This P-51 on Shemya is a postwar P-51H. It is very unusual to even find a picture of one as there were not many built and as far as I know most wound up in ANG squadrons (Maryland and Texas for sure. The picture would have to have been made after the organization of the USAF in 1947 as it shows the insignia with red bar added inside the white bar which was 1943-47 USAAF standard. The P-51H differed from the late D models by smaller wheels and taller tail fin, and longer canopy. This P-51 tail number is 44-64511 (actually shows only 464511 as there were such high numbers during WW2 that they dropped the first digit when it was painted on the tail), which falls in the last block of H models built. [Wonder how it found its way to Shemya in 1946?]
2-2. I once heard there were no P-51 aircraft on Shemya. Here's a photo of one from Dan Lange. Dan says the P-51 was late in coming and was the only one on Shemya. The P-51 belonged to the 11th Fighter Squadron. (Dan Lange, 1946)
2-4. This AT-6 Trainer "The Lone Wolf" also belonged to the 11th Fighter Squadron, and made its presence known on Shemya as well. (Dan Lange, 1946) [Some believe this aircraft was an AT-7. I wasn’t able to locate any such aircraft. gls]
2-1. Here's a shot of a Shemya P-38 with tail number 110. This one belonged to the 343 Ftr Grp. (Dan Lange)
2-5. I've read about the B-17’s that were outfitted as rescue planes, but this is the first photo I've seen of one. A rare shot of one on Shemya.  (Dan Lange, 1946)
B-17 Emergency Rescue Aircraft, Shemya, AK. Dan Lange B-17 Emergency Rescue Aircraft, Shemya, AK. Dan Lange
B-29 on Shemya, 1946. Dan Lange. B-29 on Shemya, 1946. Dan Lange.
2-6. There was much controversy in regards to how many B-29's landed on Shemya during the war, I think only one. Probably some general who thought it was a good idea to bomb Japan from Shemya and had to prove that at least one could tolerate that weather. This one may have been post war. Looks the 404th Bomb Squadron hangar. (Dan Lange, 1946)
Shemya's "Uptown Theater." 1946. William Blake. Shemya's "Uptown Theater." 1946. William Blake.
2-7. This photo was taken on Shemya in 1946 by William Blake, USAF, 404th Bomb Squadron (H). Bill currently lives in Medford, MA. (Supplied by R. Thibault)
404th Bomb Squadron (H), Shemya, 1946. William Blake 404th Bomb Squadron (H), Shemya, 1946. William Blake
2-8. The B-24 "Myasis Dragon." Taken on Shemya in 1946 by William Blake, USAF, 404th Bomb Squadron (H) (click HERE for additional picture).
404th Bomb Squadron (H), B-24, Tail # 74, Shemya 1946, William Blake 404th Bomb Squadron (H), B-24, Tail # 74, Shemya 1946, William Blake
2-9. B-24 "The Glutton," tail number 74, provided by William Blake, USAF, 404th Bomb Squadron (H). Shemya 1946 (click HERE for additional picture).
William Blake's hut #47, Shemya, 1946 William Blake's hut #47, Shemya, 1946
2-10. William Blake's hut #47, Shemya, 1946. [Quonset huts were constructed using corrugated steel sheets with the ends covered with plywood having doors and windows. The “Pacific Hut” was made of all spruce, and was seen in the Pacific theater of operations.]
Col. Lawson's Funeral Service, Shemya, AK, 16 June 1946.  William Blake. Col. Lawson's Funeral Service, Shemya, AK, 16 June 1946.  William Blake.
2-11. On Shemya, 16 June 1946, funeral services were held for Lt. Col. John Lawson (the CO) and Lt. Phillip Oltusky. Their passing was the result of  a plane crash. One of the 404th's greatest tragedies. For more information, click here. (William Blake)
Bob Leavitt, 344th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Sq. P-38, 1946-47. Bob Leavitt, 344th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Sq. P-38, 1946-47.
2-12. Bob Leavitt was stationed on Shemya in 1946-47, with the 344th Fighter Group, working 4-channel VHF, radio compass, and IFF.  Picture taken with a Kodak Brownie camera. He's standing alongside the P-38 "The Shemya Kid." This was one of six that he knew of in the 66th Fighter Sq. (1946-47, Bob Leavitt)
P-38's at War's End. Jim Lux. P-38's at War's End. Jim Lux.
2-12. At war's end, many of the fighters were disposed of in an unfortunate way. These P-38’s were apparently either buried on Shemya between the old runways, or were taken out to sea and dumped. Jim Lux sent us this photo. He's been researching the location of these old aircraft with the intentions of recovering and restoring them. Please Contact Jim Lux (and/or this website) if you have any information that may be of use. (Coord 9F)
P-38's at War's End. Shemya, AK. Jim Lux. P-38's at War's End. Shemya, AK. Jim Lux.
2-13. Here's another view of the P-38s as shown above, courtesy of Jim Lux. (Coord 9F)