Aitape, New Guinea. 24 October 1943. A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier ...

Accession Number 101097
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative acetate
Date made 24 October 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Aitape, New Guinea. 24 October 1943. A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing, from left to right, NX143314 Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G. Siffleet of "M" Special Unit with Private (Pte) Pattiwahl and Pte Reharin, Ambonese members of the Netherlands East Indies Forces. The three men are standing blindfolded on open ground and Siffleet has a thin rope tied around his upper body and arms. The three men were executed by order of Vice Admiral Kamada, the commander of the Japanese Naval Forces at Aitape, after they were captured on reconnaissance behind enemy lines. Admiral Kamada was later tried for the murder of other prisoners at Balikpapan, Borneo. The Japanese soldier standing behind the three men is 3rd Class Seaman Onodera.

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