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Item title: OBARA Nabuo 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-12 (Serial no. 14)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 8 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report, Personal diary
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 30/10/1942
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Kure 3rd Special Naval Landing Party 1st Coy 3rd Pl
Names: OBARA Nobuo, Naval WO
Languages: English
Area:Central Pacific
Truk Island [Central Pacific, Caroline Islands]
Rabi [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Milne Bay]
Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Kavieng [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Ireland]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for Naval Warrant Officer OBARA Nobuo of Kure 3rd Special Naval Landing Party 1st Company 3rd Platoon, who was captured in the Milne Bay area on 6 October 1942. OBARA, a 36 year old from Tottori, was the leader of the 3rd Platoon. His notebook was also captured and was translated before the interrogation. His height was 6 foot, which was very tall for a Japanese. OBARA had spent 14 years in the Navy since joining as a volunteer in 1924. He participated in the landing at Rabi in Milne Bay on 29 August 1942. He suffered from malaria and was looked after by local people but was captured when his hiding place was discovered by Australian troops. He was the only survivor in his platoon of 50 men. The report covers unit organisation, naval movements, tactics, training, and situation at Rabaul and Truk bases. The interrogators commented that OBARA initially lied in the interviews, but decided to provide accurate information once he realised he would be treated kindly. However, he said he would be a subject of scorn by neighbours when he returned to Japan. A sketch of Kavieng airfield was included as an appendix.
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