National Geographic : 1942 Jul
Noumea, Capital of New Caledonia, Is a Stop on the Clipper Route between the United States and New Zealand In peacetime the California Clipper ties up at the new Pan American Airways seaplane base at Noumea. NowAmerican combat planes patrol theisland. Native Mission Girls Are Draped in All-concealing "Mother Hubbards," Even When Taking Their Daily Dip Everyday cotton dresses, loose and voluminous, serve as bathing suits for girls in the Catholic mission at Touaourou. Inblack habit, anun (right) Enzo deChetelat wades in,too.