Yanks Downunder - Where were you in '42?
A small part of African-American military history is being researched by an Australian film company in preparation for a documentary film to be made. The documentary film will focus on the experiences of black American troops stationed in Australia during World War II.
So far, research has uncovered information about the following troops in Australia between 1942 and 1945: the 349th Quartermasters;the 91st and 96th Engineer Regiments;the 29th, 48th and the 92nd Quartermasters; and the 810th and 811th Aviation Engineers. There were also a group of black doctors and nurses under the command of Major Arthur Simmons by late 1943.
The filmmakers are looking for veterans and their family members who may have stories to share about their Australian experiences. If you are a veteran who would like to participate in the film, or if you know someone who would be able to be interviewed for the film, please contact:
Byzantine Film and Video Productions Pty Ltd
23 Deerfield Trail
Chapel Hill NC 27516
Telephone: (919) 976 4236