We have several things to update you on related to the Wakkanai Air Station Website. Bill and Nita Derr recently wrote me to ask about Wakkanai related reunions. Since I did not have any such information, I decided to make a Meeting and Reunions tab to the site. If you know of any such reunions please email me with the details at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the announcements on the website.
We now have over 604,000 hits on the website and are getting about 10,000 a month. Most come through Google and MSN search engine sites. Surprisingly, most of the hits come from first time visitors, not repeat visitors. Also, a significant number of visitors come from Japan.
I recently corresponded with a Japanese gentleman, Mr. Tsuguhiko Matsubara, who has a Wakkanai related website. He has linked our site to his because we have many photos of parts of Wakkanai that were destroyed by fire a few years back. Mr. Matsubara was very generous and went to the old WAS location and sent fourteen new photos of what once was Wakkanai Air Station. These are posted in the Wakkanai Air Station after return to Japan tab.
Lloyd Swanburg recently posted some photos of some memorabilia he collected while in Japan. We are rapidly approaching the 1200 image mark on the site as contributors generously contribute to the site. Thank you to you all for keeping the site not only alive, but dynamic in its presentation.
Best wishes to you all.
David W. Lynch Wakkanai Air Station Website Facilitator