Dobodura Hut Sleeping Quarters 2
"Residence of the 3rd Attack Group Photo Section men including the 5 men of the 17th Recon "on loan" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Our House on Embi Creek. Located about thirty yards behind their Photo Lab, this typical native building -- post and beam, grass thatch roof -- felt like a luxurious home to soldiers of the two photo sections temporarily working together. The men could develop their film in nearby hot darkrooms, then enjoy a cool swim in Embi Creek. After Christmas, the17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron planes and flight crews arrived at Dobodura, so Hill and the four other men left this site and returned to their own camp. In their absence, the farmed out men discovered that other crews -- mechanics, ordnance, medics, armamant -- had been ordered to construct tent frames for them. That service to tacit subordinates earned the photo lab men the nickname "The Nine Dollar Bills." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Dobodura, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill
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