319th Bombardment Group
1945 Camp Koza Page 1
These photos are believed to be from a GI assigned to a signal or communications unit probably attached to the 319th Bombardment Group part of the 7th Air Force.
Kadena Airfield, Okinawa, c. 2 July 1945 Machinato-Naha Airfield, Okinawa, 21 July to 21 November 1945
Notes on the photos indicated that the GI who took the photos was on Okinawa from 14 July 1945 to 13 Dec 1945. Other notes indicated they were located somewhere near Camp Koza, an Okinawan refugee camp near Kadena AB.
The catastrophe and storm damage photos refer to Typhoon Lousie which hit Okinawa on 9 Oct 1945 and caused major damage to ships and military installations.
Each photo was numbered on the back and came with a typed list describing what was on each photo.
Okinawa - July 14th, 1945 to Dec 13th, 1945
56. First morning on Oki.
57. Yellow beach #2 where we unloaded equipment
58. Our camp..B.C. (before catastrophe)
59. Camp scene after a rain (last 390th row)
60. Richmond exchanges
61. Msg. Ctr.
62. Holy man - very old
63. 64. Naha Nellie's Ninety Nifties
65. Natives in field near Camp Koza
66. Natives passing by transmitter Quonset
67. Natives and carts (Honolulu rapid transit)
68. Typical native house and barn
69. 70.71.72. Scenes from Camp Koza
73. The Generals plane. The 5th prop is me. (Machinato)
74. P-51 Machinato air field
75. Col. Steele's B-25
76. Jap Baka Bomb
77. New Navy fighter - fu-7 (I think)
79. Transmitter site
80. Transmitter attendants shack