Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association

Newsletter 42 ~ Spring 2010


September 2, 2009

From: Bob Livingstone

Found these on eBay. My estimate is that these were associated with the 23 May 43 Gasmata mission.



From: Doug Tilley <dtilley5@bigpond.com>

Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 1:47 AM

Subject: Bomb frame


Over the last few months since you forwarded my files about A.K.Kelly to William Bever, I have been swapping photos with Mr. Bever, mainly anything to do with Fenton as his Father Everett Bever was based there. One of the first photos he sent was of his Father doing some washing in a half 44-gallon drum; the drum was sitting in a strange looking fabricated stand. Anyhow, I didn't take all that much notice of the stand. Just recently he sent a photo of John DiDomenico sitting on a stack of bombs, and on the ground in front was a bomb resting in a stand. I recognized the stand as being like the one used by Everett Bever, so I sent Mr. Bever the two photos together pointing this out. Just 2 days ago I was walking around the rear of the Machinery shed here at Mt Bundy Station (Ranch) and noticed a frame lying upside down with 4 legs welded to it; I immediately recognized the main part to be a bomb stand, like the one in the photo of John DiDomenico. I will be having a talk with the owner to see if we can get it into a museum in Darwin.

I was wondering if these frames were in abundance or was only a few made; it would be a coincidence if the one found here was the same one from one of the photos. No one here at the property had any idea what it was or where it came from.

Doug Tilley

Mt Bundy Station, Haynes Road, Adelaide River, Australia

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