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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/18/2012 10:31:39 PM   
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The object in post #49:

Is that a radial aircraft engine? Looks kinda like a twin wasp...

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 12:09:57 AM   
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It does look like a radial engine, but the shaft appears to be attached to something other than a propeller.  Maybe it was part of some ad hoc generator or something?

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 4:17:55 AM   
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That looks like a variable pitch mechanism for a four bladed propeller. The cylindrical objects are the hydraulic actuators. Normally you would not see this mechanism under an aerodynamic spinner.

This design appears to be Japanese as the American Hamilton-Standard Hydromatic mechanism is all contained within the hub itself and does not have the external actuators. There were a few Japanese engines around by 1944 that drove four bladed props.

I managed to dig up a picture of an early Nell (without spinner) that shows the cylindrical hydraulic actuator on the hub in front of the blades. I assume the later Japanese four bladed propellers used the same technology under the spinner.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:22:20 AM   
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Could have done with some of you guys along on the trip. We were looking at all this rusted stuff and wondering what the hell it is.

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:24:56 AM   
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An entrance to 1000-men cave. This is the part that freaked me out, as you'll see from the following pictures. How the hell anyone could live under those sort of conditions without going nuts is beyond. I think the last Japanese surrendered in 1947, which is just crazy.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:26:22 AM   
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It would probably help if I wasn't 6'4", because it gets pretty low in places.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:28:21 AM   
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Lots of stuff still lying around in the caves, it's all over the place. Lots and lots of bottles. I imagine copious quantities of sake was one way of coping with the hell of it all.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:31:51 AM   
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After the caves we headed off to the Umurbrogol mountains, where we got to see this bad boy on the way.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:32:49 AM   
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As we started the climb, we ran into this. Would have been an unpleasant surprise if it had still been operating.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:34:58 AM   
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Couldn't work out if this was spider hole or just a natural hole in the ground. It was perfectly positioned to support a couple of gun emplacements. There's no soft ground up here, this is all hacked out of nasty sharp coral rock. I'm sure it was the least of their problems, but there must have been a lot of skinned knees and elbows among the marines.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:37:17 AM   
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As you can imagine, we stuck pretty closely to the marked trail after seeing this sign. We met one of the guys who had worked on clearing the trail.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:38:47 AM   
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Here's some used ordnance lying around.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:41:42 AM   
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A memorial at the spot where Nakagawa finally topped himself. Getting here from the base is about a 10-15 minute walk, but when you see the amazingly bad terrain pockmarked with caves and gun emplacements, you can see why it took the marines quite so long.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:43:36 AM   
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Here's the view looking north up Orange beach.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:45:34 AM   
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And this bunker has a beautiful view south down White beach.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 6:50:34 AM   
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Ah, after a hard day tramping through WW2 battlefields, a man needs some time off to reflect.

Show this picture to the wife/girlfriend if trying to persuade that a visit to Pelelieu is a great idea. It's called Carp Island resort, and it's on a neighbouring island.




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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 8:27:02 AM   
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Amazing pictures, thank you for taking the time and sharing!

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/19/2012 8:51:36 PM   
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Yes thanks for sharing.

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/20/2012 11:06:18 PM   
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nice pictures, thanks for sharing

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/20/2012 11:23:19 PM   
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One picture is worth 40,000 plus posts by Terminus!!

Thanks so much!

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RE: Visit to Pelelieu - 2/21/2012 12:09:43 AM   
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Thank you for posting!

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