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Item title: RIKO Chung interrogation report
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 6/1)
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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
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 6/1
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 6/-
Item: IR-13 (Serial no. 17)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 14 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 9/11/1942
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Nankai Maru
Names: RIKO Chung (MATSUMOTO Kojun)
Languages: English
Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Kavieng [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Ireland]
Milne Bay [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for a labourer, RIKO Chung, who was captured in Milne Bay on 26 August 1942. RIKO was from Pusang and the first Korean prisoner of war captured. He arrived in Milne Bay with 300 other Koreans via Truk, Kavieng, and Rabaul. Nankai Maru was attacked on 26 August 1942, while unloading cargo. He ran into the mountains with six Koreans and eight Japanese soldiers and wandered there for about two months. After most of them died from fever, he returned to the coast with a Korean friend, where he was captured by local people. He was asked many questions, but did not know much outside of his group. However, he provided some information on rations and equipment. Appendix A covers various aspects RIKO being Korean. He stated that Koreans were organised into labour groups of 200 men and worked on constructing roads, bridges and on transporting goods. He talked about the situation in Korea, his attitudes towards the Japanese and working conditions. Sketches of the area around Eitoho, Kavieng, Rabaul, and RIKO's landing spot were included in appendices.
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