|Item title:||JA147954 interrogation report|
|Location:||Australian War Memorial (AWM55 6/8) |
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|AJRP module:||Australian War Memorial official records|
|AJRP series:||Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications|
|AJRP sub-series:||ATIS interrogation reports|
|Institution:||Australian War Memorial|
|Call number:||AWM55 6/8|
|Inst. sub-series:||AWM55 6/-|
|Item:||IR-342 (Serial no. 485)|
|Quantity / desc:||14 pages|
|Item type:||Unpublished, Official|
|Creation date (d/m/y):||11/7/1944|
|Conflict code:||Pacific War (1941-1945)|
|Keywords:||AERIAL OPERATIONS, ANTI-AIRCRAFT, SEARCHLIGHTS, ARTILLERY, IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY, INTELLIGENCE, INTERROGATION, MORALE, PROPAGANDA, PRISONERS OF WAR|
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|Japanese unit names:||5117 Independent Anti-aircraft Unit|
|Names:||JA147954, Superior Pte|
|Area:||Wakde Island [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya)]|
New Guinea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)]
Miyazaki Prefecture [Japan–Formosa, Kyûshû]
|Content:||This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for Superior Private JA147954 of 5117 Independent Anti-aircraft unit, who was captured on Wakde Island on 19 May 1944. JA147954, a 29 year old Superior Private from Miyazaki Prefecture, was suffering from malaria and, while retreating inland, became separated from his unit and was captured by US troops while attempting to make his way round the north-east coast of Wakde. During the interrogation, JA147954 provided information on the organisation and history of his unit, Japanese searchlights and anti-aircraft guns, his inclination to surrender to US troops rather than Australians because they were considered kinder and more easy going, sightings of Allied prisoners of war between February and July 1943, Japanese prison camps, Allied attacks, Allied bombing tactics and losses. The appendix includes an organisational chart for the 5117 Independent Anti-aircraft unit and a basic sketch of Wakde Island.|
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