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PBY Catalina amphibious patrol bomber on the steel-mat runway at
Bluie West One, with Quonset huts in the background, in 1943 or 1944.
REMEMBERING BLUIE WEST ONE
BW-1 was a U.S. Army airfield from 1941 to 1947, and as
Narsarsuaq Airbase a U.S. Air Force installation from 1947 to 1958,
when it was turned over to the Danish government of Greenland.
I was enchanted by the name (why One? why West? and above all,
why Bluie?) from the day I first heard it. So in August 2005
I flew to Reykjavik in Iceland, thence to Narsarsuaq in
Greenland, to investigate the place for myself. This is
what I found out.
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Brayton Nye served as First Sergeant in the USAF at Narsarsuak in 1953-55,
more or less. He is now 92 and would like to contact anyone who
served with him. If you remember Sgt Nye, kindly send him an
email through me.
Update: Success! I was delighted to pass on
this message from Jim Buell: "I was a member of the 51st Air Rescue
Squadron and worked in the orderly room with M/Sgt Nye during part of
1954.... Would you please my regards to M/Sgt Nye with hopes he is doing
well." It was my pleasure, and blue skies to both of you! -- Dan Ford
Here is Bluie West One at the height of its powers, with the
east-west runway now hard-surfaced, a secondary runway at an
angle to it, and a full quota of buildings. Not visible is
Hospital Valley, off the top of the photo beyond the the
end of Runway 27. This photo would have been taken about 1950.
Question? Comment? Newsletter? Send me an
email. Blue skies! -- Dan