The day we found the POW airstrip

And this is Ray’s account of the day he found the airstrip in Ubon not seen or realised again since WWII – a part in real life history!

A great read, pulling together the various stories Ray has told me over the years, before and after as well as during this discovery! Seeing real history is always exciting for me and this was special – part of something no-one from the west or even outside the locality had seen in many years since WWII!

He has followers there and people in high places interested and helpful with this historical account and ongoing explorations and discoveries of stories for an insight into governments, underground supporters and PoW experiences.

Ubon's Japanese Prisoner of War Camp

I started my research after reading a comment referring to the Ubon camp on one of the Far Eastern Prisoner of War Facebook groups. There was very little information immediately to hand, but in the weeks that followed I least found out that allied prisoners were sent there to construct an airstrip.

Back at home I used Google Earth to search the area for any likely looking airstrips. I didn’t really know where to look until I read Major David Smiley’s book ‘Irregular Regular’. He wrote that the airstrip was close to the camp which he estimated as nine kilometres north of Ubon. Much to my delight a more detailed look revealed the airstrip. I could go to the location on my next visit to Ubon.

I returned to Ubon and met my good friend Julie Crowley who was on a world backpacking tour. She stayed a few days at…

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Peak Experiencing – an elephant ride!

What is it like to live your dream?  Mine was travelling, for a year, with a backpack, living simply and experiencing culturally.   Those moments that remind you consciously and may seem bizarre or surreal that you are actually there, seeing what you see, doing what you do and being who you want to be and now …

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Travelling isn’t all fun..

15.8.15 Bangkok Oldtown A difficult day today after a noisy, cold night (yes, cold!). The Oldtown Hostel I booked online through Booking.com was different to my first experienced at Hua Hin with shared dorm ok but shared showers/toilets for a floor. And mine was at the other end of corridor! Looking good at Hua Hin …

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Koh Pha’ngan/Full Moon Party!

Joe from Co Down, who says he's average when we were talking  and he said his friend had commented 'there seem to be no fat travellers' as most are thin, attractive if not stunning!!   (Then there are exceptions like me...! He looked awkward!  :o) But he was nice, attractive as the Irish are!  Red haired almost, pale skinned, he …

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