Mess Hall Construction 1
"17th Tact. Recon Sqdn Mess hall being assembled. The wood came from Australian sources - Pre-cut and bolt holes were pre-drilled. A very heavy dense wood" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Raising the Mess Hall. Once Biak was pacified, Hill and other members of an advance echelon flew to the island on July 27, and immediately set to work building another darkroom. When the rest of his unit arrived by ship from Humboldt Bay, they all worked on erecting the mess hall near the airfield called Mokmer Drome. After bolting together the pre-cut and pre-drilled Australian ironwood pieces, they struggled to lift the heavy post-and-truss units into position." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
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Biak, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill