June 6, 1943 – Merton’s War Diary

June 6, 1943

Went to work carrying lumber while waiting for transfer to east coast (#7), getting our meals at the main base where there were movies, commisary, showers, etc.

I know that each of the bases on Greenland at this time are code named starting with Bluie – Meaning Greenland, East or West, and then a number.

A 1747 map of Greenland, including many geographical errors common to the time.

A 1747 map of Greenland, including many geographical errors common to the time.

i.e. Merton is currently at Bluie West One – aka – Narsarsuaq Air Base.  So it made sense to me that the #7 referenced might mean Bluie East 7, simple enough…  But…  There was no East 7.   East only goes to 5.  There is a West 7 however back where Merton first landed in Greenland.

Is this a new base not yet built or one too small to make the history books?  Better yet, is this one too secret to make the history books… or counting back, would it be his seventh location…

Perhaps there will be more clues as we delve further along in the diary.

In 1943 and 1944, my Grandfather Merton Young traveled to Greenland while working for the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Company. He wrote a brief diary of his journey and this is a piece of that story.

Next Entry – June 9

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