WW2 US Army Airborne Regiment Site Relic Hunt. Garrett GTI-2500.

We visit the site of the parachute packing sheds of the US Army’s 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, who were deployed in North Queensland during 1942/43. Featured finds over the two-day hunt include a beautiful 1947 Silver Florin (Two Shilling) coin, and a US Army M-1936 pattern webbing buckle. Some 3500 men of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, including the 501st Parachute Battalion and ‘A’ Company of the 504th Parachute Infantry Battalion, arrived in North Queensland in December 1942. After completion of training the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment embarked in August 1943, bound for Port Moresby. On the morning of 5 September the paratroopers were loaded into 82 C-47 transport aircraft assembled at eight airstrips in the Port Moresby area. Five aircraft carrying Australian gunners from the 2/4 Field Regiment accompanied the air armada over the Owen Stanley Range for the parachute assault on Japanese forces around Nadzab in the Markham River valley. They secured the Nadzab area for the construction of an airstrip from where the Australian 7th Division could be flown in to attack Lae from the landward side, while the 9th Division carried out an assault from the sea. Lae and Salamaua were taken by mid-September. Thanks for watching and please take the time to visit our blog www.nqexplorers.com

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118 thoughts on “WW2 US Army Airborne Regiment Site Relic Hunt. Garrett GTI-2500.

  1. Great video nq explorer just watch the video ww2 us army airbourne regiment site, rely gets the blood pumping with excitment to sale up and go exploring, love all your videos keep up the graet work.
    p s – wife just put her foot down and said no to selling up, just day trips.

  2. For the first 3 minutes, I have been thinking.. what language is that? Couldnt understand anything, then my brain started to pick up english words.

  3. anytime mate love your videos, i have a copper victory medallion but is very toasted, would love to see better picture of your silver one! gotta say bit jealous!! as mine is barely legible, WW1 medallion?? to celebrate ending of?

  4. [..YouTube..] anytime mate love your videos, i have a copper victory medallion but is very toasted, would love to see better picture of your silver one! gotta say bit jealous!! as mine is barely legible, WW1 medallion?? to celebrate ending of?

  5. Thanks for watching John, yes the GTI will indicate an alumunium or old steel bottle cap as coin-sized (because it is!), and they are of very silmilar conductivity, so they ring as coins, however, as they are somewhat thinner, you may get a scratchy signal in one direction, indicating that it is possible ‘junk’. But it would definitely be a signal that you would be forced to dig! GL and HH mate!

  6. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching John, yes the GTI will indicate an alumunium or old steel bottle cap as coin-sized (because it is!), and they are of very silmilar conductivity, so they ring as coins, however, as they are somewhat thinner, you may get a scratchy signal in one direction, indicating that it is possible ‘junk’. But it would definitely be a signal that you would be forced to dig! GL and HH mate!

  7. [..YouTube..] @john24gold1
    Thanks for watching John, yes the GTI will indicate an alumunium or old steel bottle cap as coin-sized (because it is!), and they are of very silmilar conductivity, so they ring as coins, however, as they are somewhat thinner, you may get a scratchy signal in one direction, indicating that it is possible ‘junk’. But it would definitely be a signal that you would be forced to dig! GL and HH mate!

  8. little quession about the gti, does it still indicate a bottletop or aulinumin peices as coin sized targets? if so how do you decide to dig on those targets?

  9. Rain in Oz! At least it makes the finds a bit easier to get to.
    Interesting video. Hope you hit some wartime relics soon! Good luck!

  10. Thanks for watching Karlchebator, we hope to get on to the actual camp site of the 503rd in the next few weeks and put up a video. Best of luck mate and HH!

  11. [..YouTube..] @karlchebator
    Thanks for watching Karlchebator, we hope to get on to the actual camp site of the 503rd in the next few weeks and put up a video. Best of luck mate and HH!

  12. love these videos mate…the history that you put with it is amazing and informative!! Best of luck at these sites I can’t wait to watch more!

  13. Thanks for your comments MGR, we have lots of WW2 history in our area, Australian and US forces, and the area was also bombed by Japanese flying boats out of Rabual. There a quite a number of remote and abandoned airstrips from the war and aircraft wrecks in a number of places – hope to get some videos on these spots this year! GL and HH mate.

  14. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments MGR, we have lots of WW2 history in our area, Australian and US forces, and the area was also bombed by Japanese flying boats out of Rabual. There a quite a number of remote and abandoned airstrips from the war and aircraft wrecks in a number of places – hope to get some videos on these spots this year! GL and HH mate.

  15. [..YouTube..] @MercGhostrider
    Thanks for your comments MGR, we have lots of WW2 history in our area, Australian and US forces, and the area was also bombed by Japanese flying boats out of Rabual. There a quite a number of remote and abandoned airstrips from the war and aircraft wrecks in a number of places – hope to get some videos on these spots this year! GL and HH mate.

  16. Thanks for taking an interest in the U.S. forces and their history – I had family in the Japanese and European theaters of operations during WW-II and it is neat to see the artifacts and items that they might have seen during their tours. Keep the videos coming!

  17. [..YouTube..] Thanks for taking an interest in the U.S. forces and their history – I had family in the Japanese and European theaters of operations during WW-II and it is neat to see the artifacts and items that they might have seen during their tours. Keep the videos coming!

  18. MrT, yep hate detecting in public LOL, has to be a pretty special place (or have great potential), for that to happen, otherwise go out in crappy weather when everyone else is indoors. Have a lot of respect for the park hunters! LOL. Best of luck in 2012 mate. GL and HH!

  19. [..YouTube..] MrT, yep hate detecting in public LOL, has to be a pretty special place (or have great potential), for that to happen, otherwise go out in crappy weather when everyone else is indoors. Have a lot of respect for the park hunters! LOL. Best of luck in 2012 mate. GL and HH!

  20. [..YouTube..] @MrTerritorian1
    MrT, yep hate detecting in public LOL, has to be a pretty special place (or have great potential), for that to happen, otherwise go out in crappy weather when everyone else is indoors. Have a lot of respect for the park hunters! LOL. Best of luck in 2012 mate. GL and HH!

  21. Thanks for your comment Yulelah, that old film footage is available but you have to convert the file and just include it in the Moviemaker file. Hope to get on that camp site, should be some US silver in there! GL and HH!

  22. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comment Yulelah, that old film footage is available but you have to convert the file and just include it in the Moviemaker file. Hope to get on that camp site, should be some US silver in there! GL and HH!

  23. [..YouTube..] @Yulelah
    Thanks for your comment Yulelah, that old film footage is available but you have to convert the file and just include it in the Moviemaker file. Hope to get on that camp site, should be some US silver in there! GL and HH!

  24. Thanks for watching TDNY, making enquiries about that original 503rd campsite and hope to get on there in the next few weeks. GL and HH!

  25. Great video NQ and loved the New Guinea footage as usual! I was there at Nadzab in the 80’s, and it’s still used these days as an airport. The park finds, particularly the florin, were great, and it’s true for me too, hard to detect when too may people around, as they just want to get in the way, stare, ask too may q’s, and sometimes make rude utterances!! mush prefer the quiet locations too, unless I’m feeling very brave that day! lol GL and HH in 2012!!

  26. [..YouTube..] Great video NQ and loved the New Guinea footage as usual! I was there at Nadzab in the 80’s, and it’s still used these days as an airport. The park finds, particularly the florin, were great, and it’s true for me too, hard to detect when too may people around, as they just want to get in the way, stare, ask too may q’s, and sometimes make rude utterances!! mush prefer the quiet locations too, unless I’m feeling very brave that day! lol GL and HH in 2012!!

  27. Awesome video and hunt ! Congrats on the silver florin and all your finds. Good luck on your next hunt ! I really enjoying seeing this video and i can`t believe you didn`t find any American silver there and i bet there some there. How did you get your hands on that old film footages, that was awesome the way you put that in the video !

  28. [..YouTube..] Awesome video and hunt ! Congrats on the silver florin and all your finds. Good luck on your next hunt ! I really enjoying seeing this video and i can`t believe you didn`t find any American silver there and i bet there some there. How did you get your hands on that old film footages, that was awesome the way you put that in the video !

  29. [..YouTube..] Nice hunt NQE, congrats on the US buckle you pulled out from that filled in spot. Hope you find out who owns that undeveloped land and get permission to return, GL and HH. TDNY

  30. Thanks for your comment John, always wondered why we don’t see any park hunts in the “Old Country” – assumed that the local Councils dont allow it – those places would be a treasure trove of Victorian silver alright! Best of luck mate and HH.

  31. [..YouTube..] @OLDGOLD1100
    Thanks for your comment John, always wondered why we don’t see any park hunts in the “Old Country” – assumed that the local Councils dont allow it – those places would be a treasure trove of Victorian silver alright! Best of luck mate and HH.

  32. [..YouTube..] @jacktreasurehunter
    Thanks Jack, loving your latest videos with the ATPro, took Mrs NQs ATPro out yesterday and had some good finds with that too – great machine! Best of luck mate and HH!

  33. [..YouTube..] Another great and inspiring vid Warren, It made me want to hunt some of the old parks that I know of here. These parks would hold alot of victorian silver coins, but it don’t seem to be the done thing here.
    Thanks for posting matey!!!.

  34. [..YouTube..] @fluoridekid
    Thanks for your comments Rich, during that hunt I discovered that the local Council has been top dressing the place over the years – the result is around 4 to 5 inches of fill over the original level of the site – it was a matter of ‘low and slow’ and digging jumpy signals. There would be more there, perhaps a bigger coil to go deeper – but digging great craters in public parks can be difficult LOL. GL and HH mate. Look forward to your trainspotting in 2012!

  35. [..YouTube..] @Ringo853
    Ringo, I have had the camera a couple of months now – and still learning – bit I have discovered that it tends to focus on whatever you point it at when you start filming, so if you hold a coin up close – like the Florin, then press record, it will focus on the close object. If you are filming a dig, it will focus on the ground, so when you bring an object up close, it will be out of focus, but the background will be in focus! Just a matter of adapting to what you are doing.

  36. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Thanks! The autofocus is only really good on the last bit about the silver florin for example and not so good when you are working the ground. Why do you reckon it is better then?

  37. [..YouTube..] @gravediggermax
    Max, thanks so much for your comments on the video mate, much appreciated, and special coming from a 508th veteran! Hope to get on to the camp site proper in the next few weeks and that place should produce some great relics. All the best for 2012 mate, Happy Hunting (and Fishing).

  38. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Thanks for your comments Willo, “A Florin day is always a good day” LOL, and so often the 50 percents come out all dull and Penny-like, then you clean them – yay! That 1947 was in great condition for a 50% – I have some real shockers in my collection LOL. Have a great Victorian adventure – GL and HH!

  39. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    Thanks for the comment Robsue, glad you were entertained! I thought exactly the same thing as you did – flying/dropping from 500 feet – wow, that parachute would have to deploy pretty quickly! GL and HH mate.

  40. [..YouTube..] @IrocOn2
    Thanks for your comments Iroc, didn’t set out to find a Florin of course, but thats the beauty of the hobby – the surprises – those parks you are hitting – the Florins are there, confident we will see your “Florin Spill” video in the coming weeks! GL and HH. Hope the weather has cooled down.

  41. [..YouTube..] @EchucaDigger
    ED, LOL, I don’t like public places, couldn’t do parks and beaches like that other Victorian bloke – damn weather cleared up on the second day and I ended up with spectators – had to clear out LOL. GL and HH mate, hope you get out soon, Mrs ED can rig up a disguise and you can do that house block up the road LOL.

  42. [..YouTube..] Another fine story about the US and Australian participation during WWII. You managed to locate some great coins and I was hoping you’d find more in connection with the wartime camp, but then it is a very big area to cover in such a short amount of time. Once again, it’s a very enjoyable and well made video, Warren, and I’m looking forward to more in the coming year. GL & HH during 2012 😀

  43. [..YouTube..] @PeaceHavens
    Happy New Year Ged, wasn’t really looking for a Florin, but I will take it I suppose LOL. Keep at it mate, love your work, hope you get some great finds in 2012! Warren & Colleen.

  44. [..YouTube..] @archeodigger
    Doug, appreciate you watching mate, I think you would be right, should be some American silver on that camp site. Hoping to get permission in the next few weeks. GL and HH mate, stay warm!

  45. [..YouTube..] @Ringo853
    Ringo, thanks for watching mate, the camera is a Panasonic LUMIX FT10, water and dustproof, doesn’t have a macro function as such but does great close up work on autofocus. Recommend it highly as you can hunt in the rain and mud and dust and the camera just keeps going. Great for your mudlarks LOL. HH mate.

  46. [..YouTube..] NQ thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the history. Another excellent production from NQE 21st centruy fox! Well done on the Florin! As someone said to me a florin day is always a good day!

  47. [..YouTube..] NQ, another good video featuring 3 of my favourite interests; history, detecting and Glen Miller swiing. And how about flying at 500 feet in those things? Not much room for error.

  48. [..YouTube..] Another quality production – entertaining and informative. The balance between the historical footage and your hunt makes this video compelling to watch. Two Pennies – that’s enough for a game of two-up LOL. Then find a beautiful Florin. Now I’m suffering – really happy for you..also a bit depressed, sad and inspired – all at the same time. That Florin – is awesome. A find like that vindicates all the effort – plus highlights the skill needed to find one. The buckle was good to. Cheers GL&HH&HNY

  49. [..YouTube..] Another great hunt and video mate! I hate hunting in public too. Got a 140 year old house block up the road but I won’t do it because it’s to busy up there. Hope you can hunt that second spot. That should be loaded with stuff. Happy new year to you and the wife mate! E.D

  50. [..YouTube..] Wow that was one lovely silver mate ain’t it just fantastic when a silver coin shows up and in very nice condition, love the history of your sites and commentary, keep em coming Happy New Year mate.

  51. [..YouTube..] Awesome Florin and that buckle is really something. Can’t wait to see what you dig once you get permission for that encampment area. Who knows, maybe a bit of American silver there to be had, but probably some wheatback cents for sure. Again, really enjoy the history that goes with it all HH