We have been very fortunate to have received many photos from Keith Calmes, whose father Jesse was an AAA gunner stationed in the Aleutians during WWII. Jesse apparently attended training at Camp Callan, and was with the D58th group. Jesse passed away in 1979, leaving a wonderful collection of photos of himself and his friends while in the Aleutians during that time.

Jesse's son Keith, ourselves, as well as those who will visit this page, are all wondering WHERE these photos were taken, and if anyone recognizes the folks in them. If you have any information regarding the content, the location, or who's who in these photos, please contact the webmaster of this site and Keith Calmes as well. Our thanks!

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Battle or Storm Damage 1. Battle or storm damage? Where? When?
2. The "Boardwalk." Who, where, when?
3. B-24 bomber on Tarmac. Thanks to Steve Gomes for ID'ing the aircraft. Where? When? According to Howard Brown, this looks like east end of the Bomber Strip on Shemya
4. Business end of barrel. Steve Gomes indicates this is a 40mm Bofors Gun.  Where? When? For more info See (www.mapsairmuseum.org/ bofors.htm). Thanks Steve!
5. Group with captured flag. Who, Where (Attu, Kiska?), When?
6. Clean-up time. Weapons cleaning. Steve indicates this weapon was an M1 Garand. Any more info out there as to Who, Where? When?
7. Construction Break. Who, Where? When?
8. Jesse Calmes in the Barracks Area. Where? When?
9. Full Gear. Who, where, and when?
10. Group photo. Who, where, and when?
11. Man the gun. What kind of gun. Steve Gomes indicates this is a Browning M2 Water Cooled, with 200 round "tombstone" drum. Pedestal mount may be an M4. Anyone know Who, where, when?

According to Howard Brown, looks like south of Bomber Strip Shemya. There was a lot of "guns" on the ridge there. A lot of practice shooting to the south in 1944.

12. Pass the ammo. Steve Gomes indicates the men are carrying 50 caliber belts. Anyone know Who, where, when?
13. According to Charles Hanshew, former Shemya Control Tower Operator, The individual could well be a Radioman, however he has a EE-8 Field Telephone, which is hand cranked, battery operated. Which when correctly done could use 110Volts A.C. to ring other phones on the same circuit.
14. Range finder. Who, where, when?
15. Ready for action. Who, where, when?
16. Relaxing time. Who, where, when? According to Howard Brown, looks like south end of the Bomber Strip on Shemya. There was a lot of "guns" on the ridge there. A lot of practice shooting to the south in 1944.
17. Soldier at barracks. Who, where, when?
18. Soldier with Japanese flag. Who, where, when?
19. Two dog faces. Who, where, when? Dog's name?
20. Two men at the AAA gun emplacement. Who, where, when? What kind of gun? According to Howard Brown, looks like south end of the Bomber Strip on Shemya. There was a lot of "guns" on the ridge there. A lot of practice shooting to the south in 1944.
21. Steve Gomes indicates this soldier is cleaning an M1 Garand, not a BAR. Anyone know Who, where, when?
22. Wrecked bomber. Steve Gomes indicates that due to the oval-shape nacelles, fitting the profile of a B-24, that this is the wreckage of a B-24 Liberator. According to Charles Hanshew, former Shemya Control Tower Operator, this is the wreckage of a B-24M, R44-51784 of the 404TH Bombardment Squadron which was piloted by Lt.Col Larson and crashed on Shemya on 16 June 1946. Co-pilot Lt.Hilger, Col. Larson and one other of the crew were lost. Three others survived.
23. According to Charles Hanshew, former Shemya Control Tower Operator, This wreckege is the aft section of a B-24 upside down, showing the left horizonal stabilizer and elevator with the vertical stablizer and rudder attached. This most likely is part of the wreckage of R44-51784.

 

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