* The United States Air Force *
~ and Me ~

~ Scott AFB, Belleville, Illinois~

After leaving Lowry AFB in Denver I had a few days leave and stopped at home in Kansas City to pick up my Jeep Station Wagon and drove on to Belleville, to Scott AFB in Belleville...

My first 'Permanent Party' assignment was the Base Photo Lab, housed in this old WWII building...

And my 1948 Jeep Station Wagon


The Base Exchange at Scott AFB

And the main Mess Hall

They still had the old two story wooden barracks, but they were separated into two man rooms at least...

My first NCOIC... (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) And one of the best... though I can't think of one I didn't think a lot of...

Was promoted to 40350 Senior Camera Repairman and later buck Sergeant by this one...


I was the first Camera technician assigned to him and he didn't really know what to do with me... So I was assigned to take care of supplies and maintain all the lab equipment... And I had my first office, desk and supply room...

My first BIG project was assembling this big new Photostat machine, not used much nowadays, this was before there were any Copiers...

And they copied things with this large copy camera also...

This is a large studio portrait camera...

And the new photostat machine with a try-out.. it worked...

Soaking prints in carbitol acetate and then placing them on the large print dryer...

One of two civilian employees, developing film in the darkroom...

One of the WAFs assigned, Cpl Merrydale, checking out a negative... Why was -I- there?

And making prints on the contact printer...

I was working on the intercom wiring one day.. and somehow the ceiling fell in... My fault? Of course not!

I took time out here to disassemble, clean and oil the shutter to my own Speed Graphic...

Oh yes, it works much better now...

Smile! You are on Eddie's Candid Camera!

OK, I'll take your picture and you can take my picture...

We will count to three...and draw... one, two ,three, shoot!

The Speed Graphic has three viewfinders, the action wire frame finder, the optical finder and here, looking at the ground glass at the actual scene...

Gazing off into the Wild Blue Yonder?

Time out for some trick photography, one flashbulb to backlight, another in the hands to simulate the lighter...

Here Ed, Eddie will light you up...

What could be better than Merrydale? Well TWO Merrydales, of course!

Isn't ONE Donald enough? Try four...

And joking around with a photo of a Speed Graphic mounted on plywood, that was used for the office gate...

And was there EVER a WAF this ugly in the Air Force?

One of the photographers, Eddie Denmat from Queens New York, went home on pass to Kansas City with me...

And we took off for the country to plink with the .22s...

And after being upgraded to a 40350 (Senior Camera Repairman) I was promoted to Sergeant... in less than a year in service...

Here Donald, have a cigar!


Well now, new fatigues, new stripes, can put my feet up for awhile... Oh Oh, same old brogans...

Playboy magazine? Nah, just Photography...

Where Eddie got into this old Link Trainer, I can't remember...

Hey... Big parade on the flight line, I don't remember the occasion...

Or how I got up on top of the main hangar for the picture...


And after a parade in downtown St. Louis.. time for a beer for the Press... So, he was only 19?

Made it back to the base OK...

Now, some of the planes in and out of the base, the photo lab was close to the flight line and I got photos of a few of them...

This helicopter, I do not know...


But here is the old reliable C-47... Or Navy R4-D... Or Dakota... Or civilian DC-3...

And a fatter version seldom seen... a C-46...

Here one of the first super transports
the C-124 Globemaster II...

No, not a B-25... See the single tail fin, this is a B-26, more of a fighter bomber...

And the B-29, one of the best heavy bombers ever... Dropped the Atom bomb on Japan..

And a real big heavy slow bomber... The Navy PB4Y-2 "Privateer" patrol bomber...

A surprise visit, new at the time and top secret... The F-89 Scorpion visited the base... No one challenged me getting this photo..

And so, after a great time in Belleville, St Louis and Scott AFB... in January of 1953 I headed for sunny Arizona and Luke AFB...


* Lowry AFB Colorado *
* Scott AFB Illinois *
* Luke AFB Arizona *
* Randolph AFB Texas *

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