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Part 2


The following are part of a rare collection of World War II images of Nanumea, Tuvalu. What makes these forty-four photographs so interesting and valuable is that the names of the Tuvaluan people have been inserted on the back of each photograph. The full collection of photographs was rescued by a concerned United States citizen who kindly made them available to be shared and enjoyed by everybody. Further parts of the collection will be made available on this Web site shortly.


Left: Nanumea girl photographed 12th February, 1943
Right: Mafola and Joshua photographed in uniform 11th July, 1943

Left to Right: Joshua, Samu and Ene
photographed 23rd October, 1943

Boy with boat photographed 20th December, 1943

Tavita, handing coconut to officer; Manoa, sitting on ground on left; W. W. Watters, standing with basket;
Manatu, standing next to Watters; Kaloga, sitting in rear of jeep; Kuata, sitting on ground on the right.
The officer receiving the coconut is Lt. Norman (Bombardier on AWOL--38th Bomb Squadron)

5th Separate Medical Unit, Nanumea, Tuvalu 12th August, 1943.
Front Row Left to Right: Eugene McGrath; Roy Turney; Wallace Smith.
Back Row: Charles Nelson; Roy Boothman; William Murphy; Edwin Thweatt 

Children on beach bidding 'Tofa' (Goodbye)
to Medical Party, Lakena, Nanumea

Tuvalu: World War II Images of Nanumea - Part I
Jane Resture's Oceania Page
Jane's Oceania Travel Page
Tuvalu Postcards and Picture Galleries
Tuvalu Home Page
Nanumea, Tuvalu
Nanumea: Mythology
Nanumea: Genealogy

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