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|Gusap 1944 (DVD)
Gusap 1944 is a film recorded at Gusap Airfield at Gusap in Papua New Guinea during late 1943 until 1944. The footage was digitized in high quality digital and is released by RareAviation with a background soundtrack of musical accompaniment.
The DVD is a tour of Gusap Airfield, from the daily tasks of life at the base, laundry, mail call, to construction work and flight. The video depicts life at the base, men assembling tents, and going about daily routines. Also, extensive footage of the construction of the strip with bulldozers, graters and tractors, and assistance from New Guinea villagers in building the strip.
The DVD also has aerial footage of the completed base, showing the taxiways and aircraft on the ground, in the background is the beautiful scenery of the cloud-covered mountains of the Finisterre Range. There is footage of C-47s, P-40s, and P-47s taking off, landing, taxing and overlying the strip. Also, a few shots of B-25s as well. A close up shows De Haviland's P-40 and kill markings, as well as footage of men manning anti-aircraft machine guns around the strip. Units based at Gusap included the 41st FS (P-47s) and 7th and 9th FS (P-40s)
For anyone interested a rare glimpse into this one Army airbase, or if you, or a relative served at 'Gusap' this DVD is highly recommended. Visit the Gusap 1944 web page, for a complete shot list and sample photos.
Review by Justin Taylan
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