|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of 406758 Sergeant (Sgt) Herbert Frederick Hearle, 2 Squadron RAAF. Sgt Hearle, a ...
Studio portrait of 406758 Sergeant (Sgt) Herbert Frederick Hearle, 2 Squadron RAAF. Sgt Hearle, a clerk from Fremantle WA, enlisted in May 1941. He was shot down over Timor 13 April 1942, captured by the Japanese and died on 8 May 1942. One of a series of images used by Allied prosecutors during the war crimes trials of Japanese charged with the murder of Australian pilots. The prints were produced in some numbers and used by investigative units in in South East Asia trying to locate the graves of missing RAAF pilots and aircrew. Initially showed to local natives and to Japanese prisoners of war, some were later produced in court as evidence during the trials of Japanese POW charged with the men's murder.