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TOPIC: JAPAN - Miho

JAPAN - Miho 25 Nov 2011 08:10 #1

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RAF Miho, Japan.

These pictures were taken by my Granddad in 1946, he was one of the first British servicemen into Japan after the surrender, he somehow got hold of a camera and took a fair few pictures, mainly of Kure, Hiroshima and Nagasaki ( he was sent to assess the damage and dangers )

He was in the RE and a keep sportsman, his team visited RAF Miho to play the RAF at football and took these pictures:

RAF Miho Control Tower:

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Hangers at Miho

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Inside one of the Miho hangers:

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Spitfires lined up at Miho:

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Hope these are of interest.

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JAPAN - Miho 25 Nov 2011 11:02 #2

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Wonderful photos Bradlad. Does anyone know the history of the RAF's involvement at this base? Whats the current status of the airfield now?

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JAPAN - Miho 31 Jul 2012 01:38 #3

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love the pics ive got a few ill put up
my fiancees grandad was ground crew with 17 squadron and landed at iwakuni where 17 and 11 squadron raf and 4 squadron riaf were based for a short while before they moved to their permanant base of miho
until the squadrons were disbanded.

apparantly he was with 132 but when the carrier left to transport them to japan there was a mix up with the ground crew and equipment he ended going to japan with 17 were he stayed until the squadron was disbanded

he doesnt really talk about it much but has started to reveal some amazing facts. such as when the carrier got to iwakuni the captain decided to go in with the ship fully dressed ie all the crew in their whites standing round the flight deck, he and his mates were a bit put out by the navys regs and decided to just hide.
when the carrier finally dropped anchor the captain was very upset with this and told all raf personnal "to get off his ship immediatley":)

i have some pics of local landmarks including a bridge called the dragon bridge which due to the americans moving some of the stones and gravel around the bridge to help with the construction of a runway weakened it to the extent that the bridge collapsed 2 days after he was there...

i belive the carrier they arrived on was hms vengance which transported the 2 raf and 1 riaf squadron of spitfires to japan along with some grumman avengers and corsairs which due to lend lease agreements expiering were pushed over the side this fact is confirmed by an indian pilot who was on the carrier at the time..

if anybody has any imformation about miho or the raf squadrons there i would love to hear it to help me piece together the remarkable story of my fiancees grandfather...

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JAPAN - Miho 02 Sep 2013 21:29 #4

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Hi there,
My Dad was a pilot with XI Squadron at Miho and occasionally Iwakuni from 6.12.1946 - 5.11.1947 flying Spitfire Mk XIV's. Flying Officer Alan Carter 202006.
Sadly, he died in September last year, but I have inherited all his old photos and his flying log book which is adorned with many more photos!
I'll post his pics on here for your perusal, many of them showing visiting US and RAAF aircraft.
I have just retired myself from a career in aviation, having been an Air Traffic Controller at Manchester Airport and Centre, and latterly Prestwick Centre when MACC closed - I think I was bitten by the bug too!

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JAPAN - Miho 03 Sep 2013 12:36 #6

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Skyman01;131340 wrote: Do you know who the individualssitting on the Spitfire in the hangar are? Two of them look familar to me!


They are friends of my Grandad however I can't name them I'm afraid, I'll check the photo album again but don't remember any names.

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JAPAN - Miho 03 Sep 2013 18:30 #7

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Bradlad;131371 wrote: They are friends of my Grandad however I can't name them I'm afraid, I'll check the photo album again but don't remember any names.


What was your Grandad's name? My Dad was quite anal and made a note of everyone's name under their photos! What rank was he, and what period was he in/around Miho?

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JAPAN - Miho 04 Sep 2013 12:54 #8

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Ronald Taylor, Sapper; He was with the Royal Engineers, they went to Miho to play the RAF at football, his job in Japan was to re-establish water supply to Hiroshima, was there from late '45 until the end of '47.

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JAPAN - Miho 05 Sep 2013 22:19 #9

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be interesting to see if my fiancees grandfathers name crops up on any of the pics you have mate...
arthur pascoe....he was ground crew for number 17 sqd:grin:

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JAPAN - Miho 11 Dec 2014 21:11 #10

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...he was with the Royal Engineers, they went to Miho to play the RAF at football, his job in Japan was to re-establish water supply to Hiroshima, was there from late '45 until the end of '47.


Similar to my dad LAC William Henry Stallard, served at RAF Seletar, Singapore, was at Kuala Lumpur (Burma) and later at BCAIR Iwakuni shortly after the Hiroshima bomb. (Demob Friday May 16th 1947). There's a couple of photos he took at Hiroshima, plus more of the Spitfires etc in hi album, which I keep promising to scan in and post - I will do it soon! Although RAF mechanics they were "volunteered" for getting water back into the city.

Back then my Dad was known as "Jock" (I can only guess but he his mother was Scottish, he spent some time up there when he was evacuated before working at Supermarine in Woolston, Southampton and he did have a habit of rolling his R's in a very Scottish way!), by his family as "Harry", and by my Mum as "Bill." I regret to say I know next to nothing about his service time, just a few stories when I was a kid.

My Dad died in October 2007. My Mum, Betty, is still going strong!

I'm trying to find out as much as possible about his service, particularly with SE 7132 and 17 Squadron.

He was friends with Ernest (Wee Moose) Astley (from Keighley, W. Yorkshire), Gordon (Joe) K Brown (from Belper, Derbyshire), Eddy Hart, John (Tom) Spears, John Woodhead, Earnshaw, Tom Atkinson, Gordon Bellerley, Eddie Hart, Andrew Tampson, Gus Gale, Slim Cartledge (Engineers - died 1964), Joe Brown, Harry Palmer, Bill Scragg.

If you recognize any of these names, please drop me a line - jimstallard at gmail dot com.

All the best, Jim Stallard

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