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Item title: JA147539 interrogation report
Title (kanji)
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
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 6/8
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 6/-
Item: IR-362 (Serial no. 509)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 11 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 1/8/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:54th Line of Communication Unit
Names: JA147539, 1st Class Pte
Languages: English
Area:Hollandia (Jayapura) [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya)]
Wewak [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Aitape–Wewak Area]
Pearl Harbor [Central Pacific, Hawaiian Islands, Oahu]
Hiroshima Prefecture [Japan–Formosa, Honshû]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for JA147539 of the 54th Line of Communication Unit, who was captured at Cyclops (near Hollandia) on 29 April 1944. JA147539, a 35 year old 1st Class Private from Nakakawa, remained in an air raid shelter during an air and naval bombardment. After the attack he attempted to escape but was captured by US troops. During the interrogation, JA147539 provided information on the organisation of the 54th Line of Communication Unit, the location of ammunition stores, the location of military hospitals in Hiroshima, the high casualty rate (75 per cent) among Japanese troops moving between Wewak and Hollandia since October 1943, Japanese aircraft losses at Hollandia between 22 and 30 March 1944, morale and conditions in Japan, tension between the Army and Navy, and the location of Allied prisoners of war. JA147539 also explained that he wished to stay in Australia or America after the war, that he thought the attack on Pearl Harbor was unjust and that he was happy to be captured because of the kind treatment he had received.
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