Dan Lange spent the years of 1945 and 1946 on Shemya as crew chief of the P-38 fighter named "The Little Butch." His photos of himself, his and other aircraft of Shemya have been a fixture of the Shemya web site for many years. Dan recently sent copies of a number of other photos from his collection that we've posted as well. We thank Dan profusely for this contributions. You’ll find another creation of Dan’s on our website, “The Shemya Mailbag” as well! Email Dan Lange
3. The Island of Shemya during the winter of 1945.
4. Taken with a Brownie box camera after trip back from Attu.
5. A distant view of Shemya's high point, 1946.
6. 11th Fighter Squadron Area, February 1946.
7. 11th Fighter Squadron HQ, 1946.
8. Myself and the dog (Red) I brought home, 1946. Click HEREfor the story.
9. Myself and my roommates, 1946. Notice the kleenex in the bolt holes and windows to keep the snow and draft out.
10. A rigged-165 Gallon Auxiliary Gas Tank used to store fuel oil for the Hut stove. We used to get 5 gallons of oil out of a drum each day to keep warm. By installing this reserve tank, we only had to fill it once a month! 1946.
11. The Aleutian version of the famous "Jeep." Notice the enclosure?
12. A 10 foot high snow drift surrounds my hut. 1946.
13. P-38 #121, "Little Butch." Since the war had ended, most of the pilots went home. Two pilots I can remember on this date would be 1st Lt. Preble and the last before I went home was Maj. Shivers, who had flown in the European campaign. Because “Butch” was the newest…the CO had their preferences!
16. This is a view of what made the P-38 one of the highest performing aircraft during the WWII period. You are looking down one of the tail booms and into the famous Turbo Supercharger that gave this aircraft a real advantage in combat with enemy aircraft. 1946.
17. A C-47 on Shemya.
18. A Rescue SB-17 on Shemya. 1946. Notice the boat hanging beneath the aircraft's fuselage near the front.
19. A Navy PBY on Shemya.
20. Grave of Russian Sailors.
21. This photo taken from the Seattle, Washington docks around October 1946 right before the USS Henry Failing and all of us pulled into the dock. I was just 20 at the time! A military band was playing on the dock and the Red Cross was handing out free donuts. There were women! Red the Dog (with his paws and head on the rail) and I made the journey home together from Shemya. I have a cap on...standing on the right side of Red, I'm about the 5th from the left leaning on the rail.. On the other side of Red is my Hut Mate without a cap.Click HERE for enlarged version.
22. Can't find Dan Lange & Red the Dog? Here's a closeup!