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Item title: JA147449 supplementary 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-356 (Serial no. 501)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 3 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 21/7/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:2nd Transport Unit
Names: JA147449, 2nd Class Pte
Languages: English
Area:Nagasaki Prefecture [Japan–Formosa, Kyûshû]
Jacquinot Bay [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Jacquinot Bay Area]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for JA147449 of the 2nd Transport Unit, who was captured at Jacquinot Bay on 23 April 1944. JA147449, a 35 year old 2nd Class Private from Nagasaki Prefecture, was captured after the landing craft in which he was travelling was fired on and set afire by natives while attempting to land at Jacquinot Bay. He reached the shore and hid in the jungle overnight. He was discovered while foraging for food and was handed over to US Marines. During the interrogation, JA147449 explained that after a period of readjustment he came to like life in the Japanese Navy, that living conditions in Japan had deteriorated markedly, that he had received three letters from his wife and mother while stationed in Rabaul, that he preferred to leave the direction of his post-war life up to fate but he did not wish to tell his wife he was a prisoner of war because her friends would consider her a disgrace, that he did not admire the Germans in particular but had read Mein Kampf only because he thought all Japanese should, and that he thought the style of Allied propaganda was good but viewed it with considerable distrust.
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