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peterm1
06-08-2004, 02:31 AM
Please, please map the Solomons faithfully. This archipelligo was absolutely central to the war in the pacific and deserves to be done correctly. Guadalcanal, Tulagi,Rendova. Munda, New Georgia, Kolumbangara, Blackett Straights, Shortland Islands, Bouganville. No where else in the pacific is there such a close concentration of historic battles whcih set the scene for later victories. Please do not overlook such an inceribly important region.

peterm1
06-08-2004, 02:31 AM
Please, please map the Solomons faithfully. This archipelligo was absolutely central to the war in the pacific and deserves to be done correctly. Guadalcanal, Tulagi,Rendova. Munda, New Georgia, Kolumbangara, Blackett Straights, Shortland Islands, Bouganville. No where else in the pacific is there such a close concentration of historic battles whcih set the scene for later victories. Please do not overlook such an inceribly important region.

michaelbjork
06-08-2004, 04:12 AM
I'm with you bro'! PF or a pacific sim in general will NOT be complete without the Solomons Islands map!

Gato-Loco
06-08-2004, 09:54 AM
Yes, please!!!

michaelbjork
06-08-2004, 11:11 AM
Henderson Field.. Kool..

http://www.j-aircraft.com/then_now/firstplane.jpg

michaelbjork
06-08-2004, 11:21 AM
This is exactly how i want Pacific Fighters to be.. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://www-w6yx.stanford.edu/~paulf/fs/paw.mpg

Tater-SW-
06-08-2004, 01:08 PM
Ditto. The Slot is the only map that really matters, IMHO. Midway, etc are cool, but it's all about the slot. It also happens to be the period with the most even matches, woot!

tater

nearmiss
06-08-2004, 05:11 PM
The Pacific war cannot be done without the Solomon Islands. I was watching a documentary on the war on TV and the interviewees indicated that Henderson Field, Guadalcanal was the key to the Pacific war, the doorstep to Australia, etc.

I'd just about take bets the Solomons will play a big part in the Pacific Fighters.

http://avsims.com/portal/modules/liens/images/banner.gif (http://avsims.com/portal/)

owlwatcher
06-08-2004, 05:43 PM
please map the Solomons faithfully.
I will second this wish.
Of all the battlefields of the 2WW. The Solomons is I think some of the best to replay.
Maybe not this game,since this is only the air war.
The land,sea and air fighting really come together all at once .

peterm1
06-08-2004, 10:54 PM
Apart from the importance of the Solomons to the entire pacific campaign I have a very personal reason for wanting it faithfully reproduced (togther I hope with New Guinea or parts thereof.) In the late 1980's I went there and walked those battle fields. It was amazing to see the battlefirelds that I had read so much about still there looking much as they must have done immediately after the war. Here are a couple of shots I took on Ballalai.

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture17a.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture2a.jpg

peterm1
06-08-2004, 11:26 PM
Here are a few more Solomon Island shots taken on New Georgia - around Bairoko Harbour and overlooking the Blackett Straits (near where PT 109 was sunk!)

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture11a.jpg


http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture64a.jpg


http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture74a.jpg

ruf9ii
06-08-2004, 11:47 PM
not sure about that video michael http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif, looks like circa 1980! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

nice pics there peter. is that a live munition in the last pic? that could be a lil dangerous if they take tours around there and stuff...

peterm1
06-08-2004, 11:51 PM
You got me going now, here are a few more shots... this time the ventral turret of a B-25 shot down and sunk near Madang / Alexishaven (north coast of New Guinea) and the coral encrusted remains of a Kawanishi flying boat (Shortland Islands, north western province Solomon Islands)

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture39a.jpg


http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture22a.jpg

peterm1
06-09-2004, 12:51 AM
Ruf9ii Thanks.

It is live ordinance - it is everywhere (except maybe around places like Homiara on Guadalcanal where major efforts have been made over the past decade to clean up.) Even more is found under water. Here a shot of some heavy calbre rounds I found on the small Japanese freighter whose masts are seen protruding in one of the images.

You are right about the potential dangers. I recall one banana on our ship belting a 20mm cannon round with a hammer and working on it with a wrench in an effort to get the propellant out to see if it still would fire. How dumb was that.

It used to be the case (may still be) that local Solomon island inhabitants would frequently set off ammo dumps - they clear the jungle for their crops by burning. All it took was for a large ammo bunker to be in the wrong place. BOOM

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture18a.jpg

peterm1
06-09-2004, 12:57 AM
PS If you think I am handling these heavy calibre MG rounds gingerly, you are not wrong! Probably not much chance of anything going off in these circumstances when the rounds are waterlogged but I was taking no chances.

T_O_A_D
06-09-2004, 03:33 AM
Cool Photo's keep them coming! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Have you checked your Private Topics recently? (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=ugtpc&s=400102)
My TrackIR fix, Read the whole thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=49310655&m=15310285&p=1)
131st_Toad's Squad link (http://www.geocities.com/vfw_131st/)
http://home.mchsi.com/~131st_vfw/T_O_A_D.jpg

peterm1
06-09-2004, 04:12 AM
Done.....Here are a couple more.

The first is a shot of the Toa Maru, a large Japanese freighter sunk in about 80 feet of water by american dive bombers near the island of Gizo in the northern Solomons. The ship burned for a few dasy before going under. In the forward hold is a small tank and lots of sake bottles. Hmm interesting!

The second is the barrel of a deck gun aboard the Moa, (yes I realise the coincidence in the sound of the name)a New Zealand Corvette / sub chaser sunk in 150 feet of water while waiting to refuel at Tulaghi in the central solomons. (This was one deep dive.) This particular attack was carried out by a large force of Japanese aircraft and was the last such raid to be successful in the Guadalcanal region as by then the Japanese had been pushed too far north to make effective incursions so far to the south. (At least I think this was the case as I am working from memeory here.)

http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture40a.jpg


http://www.photodump.com/direct/peterm1/Picture19a.jpg

T_O_A_D
06-09-2004, 06:26 AM
Thanks

Tip for you, You can edit your first post on this thread, and change your title to catch more eyes. Unless the settings are differnt here than Stturmovik GD room, Like you did on your other one. I don't spend much time on this forum since its mostly speculating and begging. So your second post is what got me in here.

Have you checked your Private Topics recently? (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=ugtpc&s=400102)
My TrackIR fix, Read the whole thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=49310655&m=15310285&p=1)
131st_Toad's Squad link (http://www.geocities.com/vfw_131st/)
http://home.mchsi.com/~131st_vfw/T_O_A_D.jpg