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Friday, November 15th 2019, 8:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Rifleman Bank, Saturday, 9 July 1949 The Jolo now lay hove to off the imposing structure at marked the northern extreme of Rifleman Bank. “Welcome to Bombay Castle Lighthouse,” Munda said proudly. “It was one of the first stations established in this sector of the network, named for the British Indiaman. I served on her for three months after the station was completed.” The solidity of the lighthouse intrigued Couturier, who accepted the opportunity to visit it. This was not spindly steel frame ...

Friday, November 15th 2019, 6:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, The Narrows, Saturday, 9 July 1949 Kommodore Rollman reluctantly departed New York City to lead his cruisers towards their next destination. They had enjoyed the hospitality of the city, its large and vibrant German-American community, and added their own small contribution to the celebration of American independence. They had entertained a number of American naval and military officers, as well as civic dignitaries, aboard the Nürnberg and the Leipzig, and receiving from...

Friday, November 15th 2019, 3:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 15 July 1949 The keel of the logistics support vessel Alcamarina was laid down today in the Callao dockyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina, on the slip recently vacated by her sister, the Pacamayo, whose construction continues elsewhere in the shipyard. These vessels are intended to enhance the ability of the Peruvian Navy to support civil development in remote coastal areas of the country and are capable of transporting and unloading large vehicles with mi...

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 9:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Thursday, 14 July 1949 Addressing Parliament today Minister of Industrial Development Branko Horvat announced that the Government has reached agreement with certain private partners to pursue development of the brown coal resources of the Kosovo-Metohian area in the southern portion of the country. Plans include establishment of mines and processing facilities at Bardh and Mirash, together with transportation and power generation infrastructure, marking a major development ...

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 4:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Prince of Wales Bank, Friday, 8 July 1949 The Jolo had spent the previous day resupplying the isolated stations at the Prince Consort and Grainger Banks – Couturier was impressed by the willingness of the Philippine Navy and Constabulary personnel who undertook to man these outposts. As the Jolo approached the northern flank of Prince of Wales Bank it proved to be the site of much activity – in addition to a pair of observation platforms Couturier could see the unmistakable shape of a crane barg...

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 3:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Sunday, 10 July 1949 “Fido” had worked assiduously through the week to discover what was afoot about the two merchantmen then in the Deschimag yard undergoing conversion for the Kriegsmarine. His last meeting with his contact had left him uncompensated for the paucity of information he brought to the meeting. Today’s session he hoped to do better. The two sat in a back corner of the tavern, half-hidden in the shadows. “The timber carrier has started conversion into to a ...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 11:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Vanguard Bank, Wednesday, 6 July 1949 The Jolo had finally reached her destination – the Vanguard Bank at the western end of the Kalayaan archipelago. Commander Raffiñan laid out the situation on a chart of the area. “The sandbanks in this region barely reach the surface at low tide, and few of them have reefs or rocks upon which we can establish observation stations – but we have made the necessary investment to erect sea platforms where conditions are most favorable. We should arrive at the fi...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 7:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Del Carmen Air Force Base, Friday, 8 July 1949 It had taken some persuasion on his part, backed up by the ambassador, but Major Collin Kelley had finally contrived an invitation to visit Del Carmen Field, home of the Philippine Air Force’s Second Fighter Wing – the first unit to be equipped with the Russian designed MiG-15 interceptor. He was impressed with the speed with which the three squadrons of the wing had converted to their new mounts; apparently an advanced contingent of PAF pilots had ...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 3:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

French cruiser Lafayette, The Baltic Sea, Saturday, 9 July 1949 The central portion of the Baltic Sea – pedantically known to hydrographers as the East Gotland Basin – was large enough to manoeuvre a body of ships as the Lehrdivision had gathered today. Besides his own cruiser Capitaine de vaisseau Delcroix looked out over the Latouche-Tréville and a veritable fleet of German warships – the aircraft carriers Westfalen and Pommern, the air defence cruisers Szina and Temesvar, and the destroyers P...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 5:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

The Frigate Jolo, At Sea, Tuesday, 5 July 1949 The chart on the Jolo’s bridge marked her progress – late in the previous day she had passed what could be regarded as the ‘first line’ of reefs and shoals that were a threat to her – Swallow Reef to her north and Royal Charlotte Reef to her south – and entered an expanse of open water that was relatively safe for navigation. Late that morning Couturier was invited to the bridge by Raffiñan, who made an offer the Frenchman could not refuse. “We are ...

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 6:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

The Tanker Altmark, The North Atlantic, Tuesday, 5 July 1949 Four days ago the Altmark and her escorts had passed the Straits of Dover; the aerial circus provided by the Rosbifs and their French allies had continued the entire time they traversed the narrow seas, and as they had passed Land's End a British sloop had joined them, keeping a polite distance, until they had sailed well west of Ireland. For the moment though, the flotilla was alone, engaged in refueling. They motored at a leisurely t...

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 3:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Puerto Chilcano, Taquile Island, 11 July 1949 The Ipari lay in the open roadstead of the village of Huillanopampa, the largest village on the sparsely populated island; the mountains that comprised much of the island gave some protection to the winds. The ship lay moored close to shore – the waters of Lake Titicaca shelved rapidly to deep water on this side of the island – and a gangway had been laid from the Ipari’s deck to the shore to facilitate the comings and goings of the crew and her visi...

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 2:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

Preliminary Profile - Henschel Hs132 Multi-Role Support Aircraft

Technical Description Crew: 2-6 (pilot, copilot/navigator, and up to four mission specialists dependent on configuration) Capacity: Up to 12 passengers or equivalent cargo. Usable cabin volume: 10.2 cu. metres Length: 12.57 metres Wingspan: 16.46 metres Height: 5.52 metres Wing Area: 30.1 square metres Empty Weight: 2,150 kg Max Takeoff Weight: 3,856 kg Powerplant: Two Hirth T-63 turbo-propeller engines, each rated at 450 hp (336 kW) at 2,030 rpm Performance Max Speed: 365 kph Cruise Speed: 310...

Monday, November 11th 2019, 7:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Privredni vjesnik, Friday, 8 July 1949 The Industrial Bank of Yugoslavia has acquired the one-quarter share of the capital of the Podgorica Aluminium Works formerly held by a Japanese consortium of Mitsui Bussan Kaisha, Mitsubishi Shoji and Sumitomo Light Metals. The announced cost of the acquisition is 100 million dinar. The nostrification of the firm’s capital is seen as a prelude to expansion efforts funded by the Industrial Bank. Jugoslovenska Vojnik, Monday, 11 July 1949 It is reported that...

Monday, November 11th 2019, 12:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Hawker Hurricane Retrospective

This popped up in my YouTube feed this morning, probably prompted by Remembrance/Veterans Day. I suspect though it will be appreciated by our members.

Monday, November 11th 2019, 3:27am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Thursday, 7 July 1949 The unconfirmed reports of the disposal abroad of the Belgian cruiser Wandelaar rather surprised Kapitän zur See Merten; as Director of Naval Operations for the Kriegsmarine it was his duty to weigh the potential strength of allies as well as opponents. One less elderly light cruiser would not detract much from the might of the Belgian Navy; what caught him unawares was the report that the Wandelaar had been sold off to the nascent Indochinese naval...

Monday, November 11th 2019, 12:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" “No, if we chased every Chinese trawler on the high seas we would never accomplish our primary mission.” Well, suppose if you torpedoed them? You wouldn't need to deal with repeat offenders. :P While the Philippine Ministry of Defense might be willing to turn the Chinese fishing fleet into matchsticks, the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs might object - particularly as the Treaty of Saigon limited the Philippines to a three mile limit. Pl...

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 11:27pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

The Frigate Jolo, At Sea, Monday, 4 July 1949 The Jolo transited the Balabac Strait in the early hours of Monday, passing from the Sulu Sea to the South China Sea proper, and dawn found her heading west-southwest. After breakfast Couturier joined Raffiñan on the bridge. “Our present course will take us clear of most the shoals on this side of Dangerous Ground, which will ease the burden of navigation and allow us to make our best speed.” “From the maps I have seen, few of the reefs in this quadr...

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 10:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Chronicle Tuesday, 5 July 1949 A spokesman for the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced today that orders had been placed with the British aviation firm Short Brothers for an additional quantity of its Sealand utility amphibian. The eight aircraft comprising the order will join those already employed by the Philippine Constabulary in support of operations in the southern provinces and the Kalayaan archipelago. In related news, the Ministry of Defense has ordered a quantity of fifty M47...

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 1:29am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

The Kurisches Haff, Wednesday, 6 July 1949 For the crews of the small amphibious vessels Nordstrand, Vogelsand, Kampenwerder, and Kaninchenwerder the day was just another training exercise – at least it was a warm summer’s day with bright sunshine; the fact that this was the fifth day in a row that they had taken aboard troops, equipment, and vehicles of Marine-Schützen Brigade 3 seemed unimportant to them. They would take on a contingent of Marine-Schützen at Memel in the morning, sail along th...