The Unholy Three of the 618th Engineers in WWII: New Guinea
WWII NG Heavy Eqpt Yd 1
The 618th was nothing if not resourceful. One entry in the unit history said, "Our mechanics have been successful in assembling a 30KVA generator and Diesel Engine from an amazing variety of salvage parts." This photo shows the result of a similar accomplishment. A 12-ton Lima crane crane arrived with motor trouble and no spare parts, so, according to the annotation, they "installed a D-6600 Cat. engine in Lima crane." (The unit history identifies it as a D4600 and notes that, owing to the larger size of the new engine, the cab needed to be modified and reinforced.) We assume "Cat" is Caterpillar and Lima refers to the Crane and Shovel Division of the Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio. The word "Corts" is unknown but might be a name.

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