Photo of the Week
June 8, 2008
"Panama Canal Zone....Anti-Air Defenses are being rushed to completion at the Atlantic Side of the Panama Canal Zone under supervision Brigadier General Sanderford Jarman, Commanding Panama Anti Aircraft & Coast Artillery defenses. General Jarman is shown here inspecting 800-million candle power searchlight."
There is / was a large sports field in Fort Clayton where we used to hold our annual DCA Fairs. The name of this sports field was Jarman Field. I will bet that the field was named after the man in this photo. I love it!!
800-million candle power...wow that is a lot of candles!! No wonder the light beams in last week's photo were so bright.
CZ Contributor and member comments:
Bill, with regards to your photos of the week
on the search lights. During the war there was an anti-aircraft
battery stationed behind the Cristobal High School gym in New
Cristobal. It consisted as I remember of four single barrel 40mm
AA guns, and at least 2 mounts of quad-mount 50cal machine guns.
There was also two of the 800 candle power search lights similar to the
one shown in this weeks photo. I remember many times during this
period being out on the reef fishing or collecting coconuts from the
local trees or playing tag football, baseball etc. on the playground
when they would start cranking up to practice their anti-aircraft
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