SP/5 Justice, the cook at camp Climax, discusses an old Roman tomb with some local residents.  Hundreds of these dotted the countryside.  All pillaged hundreds of years ago.

The Beer Garden opens after the game

Driving through Derna

Coast highway climbing up from the Mediterranean to the Cyrinican plateau

Libyan water well

Larry Zimnisky

Below are photos and captions sent in by Larry Zimnisky. At the end of the page are some photos of people we need help in identifying.

       Larry Zimnisky on Roman ruin

Coastal highway near Marble Arch. Rommie Mays breaking out lunch (c-rations)

Highway South of Bengazi

Volleyball game at the Wheelus compound.

Larry Zimnisky in plaid shirt with two unnamed from the 572nd Topographic Aviation

Pal, Hubble and unidentified member of the Climax crew.

U-8 Maintenance



U-1's on original Wheelus Air Base flight line.

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Local farmer

Rommie Mays in black shirt, plus the same two unnamed members of the 572nd Topo Aviation.

The port in Tripoli.

Road crew on the coastal highway. Main east-west route.  East of Tripoli.


Larry Zimnisky and "Pal"

Rommie Mays at the old fort in Tripoli.

One of the problems confronted by those in the field was the safe yet accessible storage of personal items such as shaving gear, cameras and such. A popular solution to this was commandeering an empty wooden fusee box. Built to government standards these boxes could withstand the beating of being transported around by both plane and truck. As well as easily carried around by the rope handles. When I left Libya I took my fusee box and just placed it and it's contents into a trunk and had it shipped home with everything else. At home my father commandeered it and used it to hold tools in the trunk of his car for over ten years. Since then that box has been used to hold various things, usually sitting nondescript on our deck or patio. A little dirty here and there and a little rust on it's hinges but I have it to this day, a little reminder of a youthful adventure. After 45 years it is still in pretty good shape.