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TITLE
Ullapool - Voices From Their Past (7 of 23)
EXTERNAL ID
ULMAUL_VOICES_FROM_PAST_07
PLACENAME
Ullapool
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Donnie MacKenzie & Mary MacKenzie
SOURCE
Ullapool Museum
ASSET ID
3107
KEYWORDS
audios
Second World War
World War 2
Burma Campaign
Burmese Campaign
Chindit
Chindits
Slim's Forgottern Army

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This audio recording is part of a World War II project carried out by Ullapool Museum and Ullapool Primary School. 'Voices From Their Past - Messages For Your Future' was recorded in 2005. The interviewees - Mary and Donnie MacKenzie - are being interviewed by children of Ullapool Primary School.

Donnie: They [the Gurkhas] took us to the rendezvous point where we supposed to - they were supposed to take us to - and then they decided they were going to get a Sunderland Flying Boat to come in from India to take out the sick and the wounded. So, the Sunderland Flying Boat came in and landed on a lake - the Indawgyi Lake it was called - and they hadn't a clue how deep that lake was but they came in and landed on it and the engineers, they made rafts, of bamboo to - like boats - to take us out from the - into the lake, out to the Sunderland Boat, the Sunderland Flying Boat. So we got onto the Sunderland Flying Boat and they took us to the Brahmaputra River in India. But when it landed on the Brahmaputra River the pilot said, 'Try and get them out as quick as possible - the sick and wounded - we are taking in water, we are taking in water.' And the water started coming in. What they did was, when they landed on the lake in Burma, they'd damaged the undercarriage of the flying boat. They didn't know it like, landed on the Brahmaputra so we - we just got off when the Sunderland Flying Boat sunk into the Brahmaputra River. So, were taken from there to a hospital and I think I was there in that hospital for seven weeks and then we went into a convalescent camp, up in Pakistan.

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Ullapool - Voices From Their Past (7 of 23)

ROSS: Lochbroom

2000s

audios; Second World War; World War 2; Burma Campaign; Burmese Campaign; Chindit; Chindits; Slim's Forgottern Army

Ullapool Museum

Voices From Their Past - Ullapool

This audio recording is part of a World War II project carried out by Ullapool Museum and Ullapool Primary School. 'Voices From Their Past - Messages For Your Future' was recorded in 2005. The interviewees - Mary and Donnie MacKenzie - are being interviewed by children of Ullapool Primary School. <br /> <br /> Donnie: They [the Gurkhas] took us to the rendezvous point where we supposed to - they were supposed to take us to - and then they decided they were going to get a Sunderland Flying Boat to come in from India to take out the sick and the wounded. So, the Sunderland Flying Boat came in and landed on a lake - the Indawgyi Lake it was called - and they hadn't a clue how deep that lake was but they came in and landed on it and the engineers, they made rafts, of bamboo to - like boats - to take us out from the - into the lake, out to the Sunderland Boat, the Sunderland Flying Boat. So we got onto the Sunderland Flying Boat and they took us to the Brahmaputra River in India. But when it landed on the Brahmaputra River the pilot said, 'Try and get them out as quick as possible - the sick and wounded - we are taking in water, we are taking in water.' And the water started coming in. What they did was, when they landed on the lake in Burma, they'd damaged the undercarriage of the flying boat. They didn't know it like, landed on the Brahmaputra so we - we just got off when the Sunderland Flying Boat sunk into the Brahmaputra River. So, were taken from there to a hospital and I think I was there in that hospital for seven weeks and then we went into a convalescent camp, up in Pakistan.