Correspondence regarding crew of the Flight 200 B24 Liberator missing 25 March 1945

Place Asia: Borneo
Accession Number AWM2017.7.189
Collection number 3DRL/6502
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 3
Object type Papers
Physical description 8 Image/s captured
Maker Ellis, Everard
Harrisson, Tom Harnett
Pockley, Harold Graham
Place made Borneo: Sarawak, United Kingdom: England, Leicestershire, Leicester
Date made 1947
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use, permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use
Description

Records relating to the service of Major Tom H. Harrisson, DSO Reconnaissance Corps, British Army. Harrisson was seconded to Z Special Unit, Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) and served in Borneo on Operation Semut I during the Second World War. This file includes correspondence from Ben Ellis regarding parachute instructor, and Fl/Lt Graham Pockley, RAAF who were posted missing in action and were presumed killed on 25 March 1945 after failing to return from the successful insertion of Semut I personnel and supplies into Bareo.
This file includes:
Letter from Jack Ellis to Mr Harrisson, Leicester, 13 March 1947 [regarding his appreciation of Harrisson's trouble in putting together the story of his brother's last tragic exploit]
Three pages: 'I held a simple sort of service at the top in the native language and ..explained what the sacrifice of Ben and the R.A.A.F boys had meant. My simple companions, several of them until lately expert headhunters, were moved to tears.';
Letter [from Harrisson] to Jack Ellis, Sarawak, 25 February 1947 [regarding the service of Ben Ellis, parachute instructor, and Graham Pockley, Australian Air Force, and the memorial plaque he left for them near the summit of a mountain];
Letter from Jack Ellis to Harrisson, Leicester, 19 February 1947 [regarding his brother's service with Services Reconnaissance Department].