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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:

19 JULY 2011

LOCALITY: ENGINEER RAVINE
SUBJECT: ENGINEER RAVINE - THEN AND NOW
BY: JOHN MOFFITT
 

REF: FOTS2/110510

   

I have often said that most day visitors have no idea of the amount of structures and war relics that remain on Corregidor Island. They leave the island thinking "I have seen it all." I cannot fault them for thinking that though, no one tells them any different and not a lot can be seen through the vegetation along the tour route.

Here is something a little different to illustrate what I am talking about. The following 1945 aerial photo shows a small section of Bottomside around Engineer Ravine. Now, almost 70 years later, you see very little of interest looking from the ferry dock and even less from an aerial photo. Few people would look this way twice.

Lets see what was there and what remains today.

 



Early morning 1945 photo taken during a bombing mission. This is a partial view of the north coast of Bottomside.
When this photo was taken, the Japs still occupied the island.





Similar photo of the same area taken in December 2007.





The same 1945 photo with some structures and objects labeled. Refer to the numbers when viewing the recent photos.
For a larger copy of this labeled 1945 photo,
http://www.pbase.com/fots2/image/134593264/original





1 - Engineer Dock. I am standing on a section of the dock that did not exist in 1945. Nothing but trees straight ahead.





1 - Engineer Dock seen from the top of the Power Plant.




2 - North Dock. The Sun Cruises ferry arrives from Manila.






2 - Looking across the North Dock towards the Power Plant in Engineer Ravine.





3 - Coal Basin. Even today you can still find coal there.





4 - Battery Martin. This battery had two 155mm guns and a center magazine.
In the 1945 photo, the two black rectangles are the gun positions.





4 - Interior view of the magazine.





5 - Road intersection. This is where you can go to the Stockade area from the Bottomside to Middleside road.
As you can see, this road is still in use today. Some of today's roads are not old roads, they are former trolley lines.





6 - Trolley Bridge. Shells or bombs have completely destroyed this bridge on the trolley line up to Middleside.





6 - Large broken chunks of concrete that was the trolley bridge.




7 - Building 533, Ammunition Magazine. A large portion of the roof is collapsed now.





7 - Another view inside the magazine.




8 - Building 297, Civilian Employees Quarters.
This was a wooden building so all that remains today are the concrete support pillars.





9 - Oil tanks.




10 - Building 313, Diesel Power Plant.





10 - Another view of the Diesel Power Plant.




11 - Building 311, Central Electric Storage Plant. Overall view of the building built into the hillside.
 It is usually just called the 'Power Plant'.






12 - A direct hit during a US bombing mission penetrated the roof of the Power Plant.
 The force of the blast also bent adjacent steel support columns.





13 - What remains of the Power Plant's smoke stack.





14 - Building 20, Fresh Water Tank #9. You can see the circular base of the tank
but the roof and most of the walls have collapsed.





15 - Pistol Target Range. This is a flat concave area into the hillside beside the water tank.
Maps identify it being used for this purpose however nothing remains to indicate this.
(You can barely see a concrete structure straight ahead).






16 - Here is that same concrete structure. It is not labeled on any maps but due to its location,
I suspect it may have been used as a magazine for small arms ammunition. It is directly in front of the Pistol Target Range.




16 - Interior of this possible magazine.




17 - Covered 6 pounder Pedestal Mount. Normally I would call this a covered 75mm gun shelter but maps show this as a one
of two 6 pounder gun positions.  I read that the guns were similar but not the same. Perhaps this early defensive position was
not used at all during WWII.





17 - Late last year I was surprised to see that it had collapsed and it seems only rebar is preventing
the roof form ending up on the beach below.


17 - Another view of the now collapsed shelter. Note the rounded pedestal in the foreground of the photo. Could the collapsed structure actually be a later constructed 75mm gun shelter? Is the inland pedestal one of the 6 pounder pedestals that was not to be used any more? There is an underground magazine not far behind this pedestal which is what you usually see at those old 1917 era positions. I need another look around here.
 


18 - VII-F-2 and magazine entrance. (Sector 7, Field gun #2). Looking out the near buried gun #1 position, you can also see the entrance to the center magazine to the left. The second entrance and the Gun #2 position are out of view further left. The two black dots in the 1945 aerial photo would be the two magazine entrances. This position is the only concrete structure a short ways above the Pistol Target Range.




19 - Near the top of the ravine and beside an old road stands a Japanese anti-aircraft gun.
It is the only such gun still sitting in its wartime position. Years ago scrappers removed half the barrel.

What you have seen in this small area is just a sample of what remains there. Imagine what you can see elsewhere on Corregidor if you are willing to get off the road. By far, most people are happy with the boat ride, a quick tour and a buffet lunch. As they head back to Manila I think I'll stick around and explore some more. To each his own.  :-)