|Unit||M Special Unit|
|Place||Oceania: New Guinea, Aitape|
|Object type||Black & white - Film copy negative acetate|
|Date made||24 October 1943|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Aitape, New Guinea. 24 October 1943. A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier ...
Aitape, New Guinea. 24 October 1943. A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing NX143314 Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G. Siffleet of "M" Special Unit, wearing a blindfold and with his arms tied, about to be beheaded with a sword by Yasuno Chikao. The execution was ordered by Vice Admiral Kamada, the commander of the Japanese Naval Forces at Aitape. Sgt Siffleet was captured with Private (Pte) Pattiwahl and Pte Reharin, Ambonese members of the Netherlands East Indies Forces, whilst engaged in reconnaissance behind the Japanese lines. Yasuno Chikao died before the end of the war.