Flying over the prisoner of war camp (POW) in Batu Lintang at a low height, RAAF Beaufighter ...

Unit Royal Australian Air Force
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Accession Number OG3250
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
Maker Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Flying over the prisoner of war camp (POW) in Batu Lintang at a low height, RAAF Beaufighter pilots reported sighting white POWs, clad in khaki shorts, who excitedly waved as the RAAF aircraft flew over to drop leaflets announcing Japan's surrender. One pilot also reported having seen white women who could have been either nurses or nuns. Close examination of this first picture to arrive from Labuan shows some of the figures standing in the doorways of the huts, waving to the RAAF pilots. This image is believed to have been taken by the navigator of a Beaufighter aircraft possibly of 30 Squadron RAAF, whilst on operations to drop leaflets and to investigate the POW camp on 22nd August 1945.