East Africa May 15, 1941: Where?

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 5, 2011 - 06:27pm PT
From The Atlantic's current running WWII photogasm: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/ww2.html
specifically #3:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/07/world-war-ii-conflict-spreads-around-the-globe/100107/

guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Sep 5, 2011 - 07:30pm PT
I'm thinking more like Southern Algeria?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 5, 2011 - 07:39pm PT
good finder's eye on those!


granite, gotta be
Mattq331

Mountain climber
Boulder/UK
Sep 5, 2011 - 07:57pm PT
Hmmm... tough one.

So I'm guessing it's a Vickers Wellesley, possibly RAF Sqd 47, operating in either N. Kenya or Sudan during the East Africa Campaign.
Trouble is, can't place the location.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2011 - 08:09pm PT
It is a Vickers Wellesley apparently. Can't squeeze out any more internet info on it though.
gf

climber
Sep 5, 2011 - 08:16pm PT
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/ww2_8/w30_1a34948u.jpg
Great link Peter -as i was scrolling through i saw this fascinating snapshot of what folks looked like pre fast food!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
Gf, that photo is very telling for sure. A really spry looking group for sure, and not exactly looking like Americans of today. Maybe they're Brits?
llk

climber
Sep 5, 2011 - 08:22pm PT
Spry indeed, but you can spot the cigarette smokers.
Mattq331

Mountain climber
Boulder/UK
Sep 5, 2011 - 08:28pm PT
One of the guys on the left appears to be holding a lemon. I can't imagine lemons were thick on the ground in Britain during the war, or just post-war. But then that looks like a Spitfire on the RH side, so I may be wrong.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 5, 2011 - 08:30pm PT
PH isn't there rock like that in Namibia ???

Justa guess....
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 5, 2011 - 08:46pm PT
Where? I don't know but where are the cracks? Definetly a place for slab aficionados.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2011 - 09:02pm PT
I can't help but think our very own J-Do would find something pretty disappointing about the Second Coming, don't you Pilgrims? It wasn't enough that he was BORN with Camalot Blue eyes.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 5, 2011 - 09:04pm PT
I'm way to old for a second coming but not too old for a second helping.
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Sep 5, 2011 - 11:35pm PT
How about Northern Mozambique?

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5141/5670997988_efa1e4e2b8.jpg

http://www.alardsbigwallclimbing.com/Mozambique%20Bigwall.htm
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 6, 2011 - 12:14am PT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Air_Force


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Wellesley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._47_Squadron_RAF
No. 47 Squadron RAF
Erkowit (Ar Kaweit)
Sudan
http://maps.google.com/?ll=18.346705,37.31781&spn=2.11154,2.035217&t=h&z=9&vpsrc=6


of course it could have been anywhere...

Tim Camuti

Trad climber
CA
Sep 6, 2011 - 12:20am PT
Ed- Thanks for that prompt. Tried looking at it with terrain layer (topo) and it is a pretty mountainous region. I love that there is stuff this grand all around the world, from my own backyard to east Africa!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Sep 6, 2011 - 12:22am PT
Awesome lookin' domes, huh?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 6, 2011 - 12:31am PT
I'm way to old for a second coming but not too old for a second helping.

HAHAHAAHAHH!!!!!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Sep 6, 2011 - 12:32am PT
This is great history. I'm thinking that some survivor must have written a book???
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 6, 2011 - 12:38am PT
Donini.....Did you enlist or were you drafted when Mussolini was in charge..?
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