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Item title: JA147574 interrogation report
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 6/9)
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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 6/9
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 6/-
Item: IR-413 (Serial no. 564)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 8 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 8/9/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:8th Independent Meteorological Unit (Naval)
Names: JA147574, civilian employee
Languages: English
Area:Rabaul [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Rabaul Area]
Manus Island [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, Admiralty Islands]
Zentsuji [Japan–Formosa, Shikoku, Kagawa Prefecture]
Wakayama Prefecture [Japan–Formosa, Honshû]
Tokyo [Japan–Formosa, Honshû]
Truk Island [Central Pacific, Caroline Islands]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for JA147574 of the 8th Independent Meteorological Unit (Naval), who was captured on Manus Island on 3 May 1944. JA147574, a 28 year old civilian employee (weather observation technician) from Wakayama Prefecture, was ill with malaria when he was captured by natives. During the interrogation, JA147574 provided information on the strength and organisation of the 8th Independent Meteorological Unit in Rabaul during December 1943, the location of five weather observation units, details of the functions performed by the Tokyo Hydrographic Department, meteorological operations, weather balloons, living conditions in Japan, his attitude towards capture and that even civilian employees came under the same code as enlisted men, conditions at the Zentsuji prison camp, Allied leaflet propaganda that he saw in Rabaul and geographic details of Truk Island and surrounding islands. The appendix contains an organisational chart for the 8th Independent Meteorological Unit (Naval).
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