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Bluie West 1 Flightline 1944: CG PBY and C-47
« on: January 10, 2016, 06:47:02 AM »
My hero, my late father MSgt. William Gould, USAAF was stationed as a Weather Forecaster with the 8th Weather Squadron in Narsasauq, Greenland during WWII.  Some of my earliest memories are of the stories he used to tell about being at the first stop of the famed North Atlantic Route, where just about every American aircraft had to stop on its way to England.  He flew on all the great planes -- B-24's ("It had a narrow catwalk going the length of the fuselage and looked like it would never get off the ground!") B-17's ("The Fortress had alot more room for the crew than the Liberator.")  C-47's ("It was my commuter bus!") C-46's ("I hitched a ride on one flying into Paris right after the liberation and it ground-looped. The pilot looked at me and said, 'Oh s***, Sarge, you better get out of here!'  Had to jump out of the hatch and sprint down the runway before I got caught.") and his favorite, the PBY Catalina ("The Coast Guard had a  Patrol Squadron on the base.  I used to hang out with the Chief and would fly as an observer with them.  One time I was swinging closed that big glass blister on the side and it hit me upside the head and knocked me out cold!"  As a Forecaster, he had to clear every plane that went through Bluie.  He could ground fifty aircraft if he didn't like the look of the weather, or he could send them off and sweat it out until he heard that they had safely completed the next leg of the route.

In 1/144, here is the Marston-matted runway of Bluie West 1, with a  PBY "White Cat of Greenland" of VP-6(CG) and a C-47.
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Re: Bluie West 1 Flightline 1944: CG PBY and C-47
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2016, 06:56:47 AM »
Ooops.  Still getting the hang of your photo software, fellas. 
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Re: Bluie West 1 Flightline 1944: CG PBY and C-47
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2016, 07:32:33 AM »
Sis,

Another stunning work of art..

Great job

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Re: Bluie West 1 Flightline 1944: CG PBY and C-47
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2016, 10:49:55 AM »
  Very nice work! Thereis some great info on the USCG in Greenland and on the Bluie bases in Mitchell Zuckoff's "Frozen In Time" book. It is also a great read!   Scott
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Re: Bluie West 1 Flightline 1944: CG PBY and C-47
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2016, 11:04:04 AM »
Superb work mate looks fantastic and ground work is great too !
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