Gerrits Travels – Part 3 – Reminders of Thule Air Base

Prized possessions of an Arctic Traveller

Gerrit lived as a civilian on the Air Base. It seems that in his role he had acces to military supplies and also to the military shop, the so called Base Exchange. A place it seems were also luxury items like Omega watches could be bought ore ordered.

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Next to the photo’s I have some of his most prized possession of that time, his parka, knife and watch. I will discuss them here as they are quite unique…at least to me!

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In most photo’s he can be seen wearing his N3B US Air Force cold weather parka. Next to the Parka I have the matching trousers and a pair of aviators fur lined boots…

He also had a Marbles Jet Pilot survival knife that he kept on using in the Vietnam war. Marbles designed the knife but they did not get the Defense Contract. So probably this is a private purchase from the Base Exchange. In any case it is a rare knife by now.

 

And here is Gerrit wearing and using the knife! First in his dormitory with the parka on the chair, the knife on the table, used to open a can? And plenty of Kodak films in the drawer…

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And here worn on the belt during his trip to Dundas

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And my personal favorite as it can still be used his Gold Omega Seamaster. Bought January 1963 on the Base Exchange!

So far the prized possessions of Gerrit. Next up in Part 4 is the Eskimo Sledgetrip to Dundas!

 

 

 

 

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