IN THE aftermath of World War II, an Aussie and Japanese soldier became friends.
Cairns man Fred Schipke had been stationed in Bougainville with the 16th Field Company Royal Australian Engineers when peace was declared.
Mr Schipke was sent to New Britain. “Peace had just been declared in August and we went over in September,” he said.
He said his first job was to fix the main runway of the Vunakanau air base so supplies could be brought in. Mr Schipke and two others ran the bulldozer 24 hours a day.