By Jerry Pook

In the course of a twenty-five yr flying occupation within the RAF, Jerry Pook has flown Hunter Fighter/Ground assault airplane within the Gulf, Harriers in West Germany, the supersonic Starfighter with the Dutch Air strength, the Harrier in Belize, primary the USA and the twister bomber on the Tri-national twister education institution the place he knowledgeable German and Italian pilots and navigators.

Jerry had a protracted courting with the Harrier Fighter/Ground assault vertical take-off airplane. This he flew in West Germany on the peak of the chilly conflict working from Wildenrath and off-base operations with box Wing operations established within the fields and woods of the German geographical region. Jerry observed motion throughout the Falklands conflict while in response to HMS Hermes and flying one of many few RAF Harriers within the floor assault position in help of the troops battling ashore. He then loved flying the American-built Starfighter RF 104G in the course of a three 12 months alternate journey with the Dutch Air strength - he describes the Starfighter as ' attractive to fly, soft and complicated, supremely quickly and strong - should you took liberties with it you knew it'll kill you in an instant.' After three years without 1(Fighter) Squadron and back flying the Harrier he moved to the then new twister, flying in its bomber function. This he endured to fly operationally and within the educational function for thirteen years until eventually grounded from army flying for scientific purposes.

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In contrast, however, there have been many instances where camouflage was hasty and slip-shod, or little effort was made to hide installations from aerial observation. A most common Japanese method of camouflage utilizes natural cover and local vegetation, supplemented by artificial means only when necessary. Effective natural camouflage conforms in size and texture to the surroundings, and does not present a peculiar appearance. On Makin Island the Japanese depended mainly upon the thick natural cover of coconut trees and other vegetation.

A rectangular cross-section ditch was dug diagonally across Kwajalein, 12 feet wide and 6 to 7 feet deep. A similar ditch was under construction on Privilege Island at the time of the U. S. attack. -Tank trap just off a Betio beach. 3 to 5 feet. Aside from the ditches thus far encountered, Japanese defense doctrine describes ditches 6 feet, 7 inches in depth, with a trapezoidal cross-section 13 to 16 feet across the top and 6% feet across the bottom. If such a ditch is dug on a descending slope of from 15 to 30 degrees, an earth rampart is set up a little ahead of the ditch.

On Kwajalein, a shelter 21%/2 by 15 by 11 feet had a roof 3 feet thick and walls 2 feet thick. Five feet of earth and coral were piled on top the roof. One-inch steel bars, criss-crossed at 8 inch intervals both ways, constituted the reinforcement for the concrete. Small firing positions seldom are made entirely of concrete, but on Kwajalein a concrete sniper's post was found, 5 feet, 3 inches long, 4 feet, 4 inches wide, and 6 feet high. The roof was 6 inches thick, and the walls 6 to 12 inches.

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