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RNZAF Station Laucala Bay

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:44 am
by Kiwithrottlejockey
An interesting looking upcoming book.... ... 0143770381

Bee Dawson has written two previous books about RNZAF bases.

The first was about Hobsonville aerodrome & seaplane base; and the second book was about Wigram.

Now it appears she has written a book about the RNZAF's flying-boat base in Fiji (which was also used by TEAL on their Coral Route service to Tahiti during the 1950s).

I've already pre-ordered a copy.

Re: RNZAF Station Laucala Bay

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:12 am
by sunderlandmr5
Cool - Thanks for the link. Will have to order.

I have Bee's book on Hobsonville, looking forward to one on L Bay :D



Re: RNZAF Station Laucala Bay

PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:32 pm
by Kiwithrottlejockey

BTW, that video is courtesy of Dave Homewood who runs Wings Over NZ Aviation Forum.

It was put together from 8mm film footage.

Re: RNZAF Station Laucala Bay

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:52 am
by sunderlandmr5
Kiwithrottlejockey wrote:

Really made my day when I watched this through.

I commented to Dave Homewood who I know, and who put the film up on Youtube the following

My Dad was at Lauthala (Laucala (Fijian spelling)) Bay about the same time, and took
lots of colour slides which we often watched growing up. This move/film had many of
the same spots/scenes,so was a great memory trip for me.

The opening song "Isa lei" (Fijian farewell song) sung in that cheesy way, sets the scene for the
idealic tropical Island lazy hazy days :D

Best parts, seeing NZ4115 Q- Queenie flying, the float scenes through the galley window,
actually the whole movie :D

Vinaka vaka levu and Ni sa moce


Re: RNZAF Station Laucala Bay

PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:25 am
by Kiwithrottlejockey
Just as I got home from work this morning about 11am (NZ-time), a courier van pulled up behind me and delivered my pre-ordered copy of the book “Laucala Bay — The story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967”. I've only had time for a quick look, but from first impressions, what a fantastic book. It covers not just the RNZAF's Short Singapore, Catalina and Short Sunderland flying-boat operations from Fiji, but also the RNZAF's bomber, reconnaissance and transport land-plane operations from Fiji during WWII as well. Plus operations from outlying islands, TEAL's Hibiscus and Coral Route operations, and RNZAF Laucala Bay Station life for both the airmen and their families. The book is considerably bigger than I expected, running to 336 pages.

Now I've just gotta find the time to read the book from cover-to-cover.