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Item title: Interrogation reports on American aircrew prisoners of war
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/24)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS enemy publications
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 5/24
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-280
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 26 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 12/1/1945
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names: 5th Air Force
Japanese unit names:Staff HQ Go Group
Languages: English
Area:Cape Gloucester [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
New Ireland [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured at Natamo (near Cape Gloucester) in January 1944 during the campaign to capture New Britain. This item is a collection of interrogation reports on American aircrew prisoners of war, extracted from an intelligence report issued between 16 December 1942 and 3 June 1943 by Go Group (Shudan) Staff Secretary. It contains reports from two B-17 engineers, a B-17 pilot and co-pilot, a B-17 tail gunner and a Marine SBD pilot, captured after being forced to parachute or crash during raids on Rabaul. It describes circumstances of capture, personal history and training, route taken from America to the South-West Pacific Area, conditions of airfields, capabilities of the American airforce, organisation of the 5th Air Force, methods of bombing, effectiveness of Rabaul anti-aircraft fire and searchlights, conditions in America and public attitudes towards the war, Australian-American relation,s and Japanese prisoners of war. This item also contains a letter written by a prisoner of war to his wife, which the Japanese had promised to forward.
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