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The Island

View from the one and only landing jetty (December 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

View of the one and only landing jetty (December 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

View of the one and only landing jetty with spitfire being loaded (December 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

The Reef off West Island April 1946 Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Home Island Fisherman & Dukong. Our Sunday Fishing trip in a Dukong. Cocos April 1946. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Home Island Fisherman & Dukong. Our Sunday Fishing trip in a Dukong. Cocos April 1946. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Cocos Islands Control Tower, ""3 feet"" Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Home Island Dwelling Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Children on Home Island. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Visitors from Home Island. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Home Island. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Native Dukongs Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Home Island Dwelling Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Football Ground Home Island Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

South Island Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Cocos Islands from the air. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Small island, Paulo Mario off West Island. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Aerial view of Cocus Island after a supply drop sortie by 99 Squadron. Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell & Andy Bonsell.

Airstrip on West Island from the air. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Aerial view of Cocus Island after a supply drop sortie by 99 Squadron. Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell & Andy Bonsell.

Looking Westwards from the Cocos Islands. Picture Courtesy of Joe Carberry.

Domestic site just off the PSP runway in the palm trees which backed up the central lagoon (used for early morning swimming trips). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Control Tower on the Cocos Islands. Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Visiting Spitfire (unknown Squadron). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

First sight of West Island (Cocus) from transit Liberator (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Part of Home Island (Cocus) from transit Liberator (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Cocus Island from transit Liberator (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

West Island Lagoon from transit Liberator (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Cocus Island landing strip from transit Liberator (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Native bungalows on Home Island (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Home Island from docking jetty (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Cable Companies office (home island) (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Bartering time with the locals (home island) (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Native children (home island) (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Sweets for the children (home island) (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Seeing off party on the jetty (home island) (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

99 Squadron domestic site west island (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

99 Squadron domestic site west island (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Gray fish from central lagoon (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Octupus from central lagoon (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Centipede from domestic site (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Land crab from domestic site (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Sea crab from central lagoon (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Octopus from central lagoon (Cocus) (July 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Beach scene behind squadron domestic site (Cocus) (August 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Beach scene behind squadron domestic site (Cocus) (August 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Beach scene behind squadron domestic site (Cocus) (August 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Beach scene behind squadron domestic site (Cocus) (August 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

Beach scene behind squadron domestic site (Cocus) (August 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

View across runway (Cocus) (September 1945). Photo Courtesy of Val Bonsell ex 99 Squadron & Andy Bonsell.

An aerial shot of Cocos. Photo Courtesy of John Wasley.