Featuring permanent extracts of the best REDISCOVERING CORREGIDOR posts from our Society's Bulletin Board

 

FIELD NOTES

 

 
MISCELLANEOUS TRAVELS
ON CORREGIDOR 1

MISCELLANEOUS TRAVELS
 ON CORREGIDOR - 1

VARIOUS SCENES - PART 1
THEN AND NOW

ENGINEER RAVINE

THEN AND NOW

BATTERY GEARY
AIR RAID SHELTER PART 1

BATTERY GEARY
VINTAGE IMAGES PART 2

BATTERY GEARY
 TODAY - PART 3

GOAL-POST RIDGE

BATTERY RJ-43

NAVY RADIO INTERCEPT TUNNEL ,  FOTS2/110423

TAILSIDE CEMETERIES, TOMBSTONES, FOTS2/110316

MALINTA HILL,
COMPARISON 1977 SLIDES, FOTS2/090820

MALINTA HILL, GUN POSITION LOCATED,  FOTS2/110320

MIDDLESIDE BARRACKS,
EXT & INTERIOR,  FOTS2/101210

NORTH OF KINDLEY FIELD,
WALKING WEST,  FOTS2/101210

TAILSIDE, LT. LAWRENCE'S GUN POSITION, FOTS2/110205

OFFICER'S COUNTRY,
GOLF CLUB & POOL, FOTS2/100329

ROCK POINT,
SEARCHLIGHT NO. 2, FOTS2/091205

SEARCHLIGHT  NO. 2, DAMAGE BY LANDSLIDE  FOTS2/100415

GUN GROUP COMMAND POST, NO. 1, INTERIOR, FOTS2/090823

REVISITING BUNKER'S C-1 TUNNEL, FOTS/100427

DID BATTERY GRUBBS JUMP THEIR TRUNNIONS, TF/100120

INFANTRY TRENCH LINES ON TAILSIDE, FOTS2/090408

MALINTA GASOLINE STORAGE LATERALS FOTS2/090517

BATTERY WAY, PRE-WAR & SPECS, FOTS2/100523-1

BATTERY WAY, INTERIORS, PIT & STATIONS,  FOTS2/100523-2

JAPANESE TWIN 25mm AA GUN, IDENTIFICATION, FOTS2/100121

MARIVELES TUNNEL No 1,
 WELTEKE 110103

BATTERY SUNSET
 FOTS2/110514

 

 

 

 

 

FIELD NOTES:

 

PLACE: CORREGIDOR DATE:

23 MAY 2010

LOCALITY: BATTERY WAY
SUBJECT: INTERIORS & ENVIRONS
BY: JOHN MOFFITT
 

REF: FOTS2/100523-2

   

 


Wall plaque



Approaching Battery Way



An early morning view into the gun pit



Rear of the Plotting and Communications building



When viewed on the sketch, this would be the right side magazine



Left side magazine



From the right side magazine looking across the end of the gun pit towards the left side magazine. The Plotting and Communications building is to the left.



Front view of the left side magazine. The 3ft wide narrow gauge rail line passed in front of both magazines.



Front view of the right side magazine.



Right side magazine



Left side magazine






Note the rail in the ceiling for transporting the heavy shells
























Frame for a shot truck.


This illustration shows a slightly different model of shot truck but the family likeness to the bare frame remaining in Battery Way is unmistakeable. It has the top rounded shot tray and the buffer just below it.

 








Corridor beside the sub caliber ammunition magazine which is to the right.



Windows of the sub caliber ammunition magazine






Doorway between rooms in the Plotting and Communications building



Rear window in the Plotting and Communications building



Rear window of the latrine.



At the left of this photo is a destroyed wall of the latrine. When this wall exploded, a piece of concrete got lodged into the tree to the right. Over the years the tree has grown around the concrete so today it is firmly embedded there.



One of the air vents on top of the magazines


Here are various photos from the gun pit. After a shower last October was a great time to record how the mortars look today.















































The Plotting and Communications rooms were behind the mortar pit but where was the Battery Control/Command Post? On the 1935 and 1936 maps I notice a number of locations which are labeled as being control stations for Batteries Way and Geary.

Military Map symbols and labeling are confusing. Here is a quick guide to the map labels quoted below:

B– Battery Command Post
BC- Battery Commander's Post
G– Gun Group Command Post
E– Emergency Command Post (w/o roof)
Postscript numbers:
I – Primary station
II – Secondary station
III – Supplementary station
IV – Second Supplementary station
Subscript numbers:
Unit number
 

There appears to have been a number of supplemental stations. Here is a sample of what they look like today.

The primary battery control station for Battery Way was on a hill a short distance to the west. It is labeled as B I 7 (Battery Control, Primary station, Unit #7). An emergency station labeled E I 7 is close to Rock Point.



B I 7. There are two stations at this location. The upper one was for Battery Way.



Viewing ports and a pedestal for the height and direction finding equipment.



Outside corner view. Tree roots almost hide the upper and lower stations.

The secondary battery control station is located east of the Senior Officer’s Quarters on Topside and labeled as B II 7. On the 1935 map this is also designated as the Battery Commander’s station.


Looking down into the front entrance to B II 7



Interior rooms of B II 7 had sliding blast doors



View of one of the rooms in B II 7 with the partially sealed rear doorway straight ahead.

Nearby in front of Senior Officer’s Quarters 16-D is the emergency station labeled E II 7.


E II 7

One location is west of Battery Cheney above the cliffs. It is labeled G III 3.



G III 3

Close by is an emergency station EG III 3.


EG III 3.

Although these emergency stations never had concrete roofs, I notice bolts sticking up at regular intervals which gives me the impression that they had wooden walls and roofs for weather protection. Due to their shape, many people call these structures “bathtubs”.


Another is on top of Malinta Hill and labeled as G IV 3.



G IV 3. Note the pedestal with mounting bolts to secure the height and direction finding equipment.

It also has an emergency station, EG IV 3, just a little bit further north.


EG IV 3



Plaque on the wall of the Plotting and Communications building commemorating Major Massello



As you leave Battery Way, here is the view towards the main road between Middleside (to the left) and Topside (to the right).

I hope you enjoyed the trip. Report to MacArthur’s Café for a cold beer.