Allies in adversity, Australia and the Dutch in the Pacific War: Jan van Os
Jan van Os
Leading Seaman Jan Sigvard van Os served as a crew member on RNN flying boats and small craft prior to the war, and in March 1942 was selected for evacuation to Australia with many other RNN personnel. Unfortunately, the KPM steamer Duymaer Van Twist, on which they were being transported, was intercepted by Japanese cruisers two days out of Tjilatjap, and all aboard became prisoners. For the next three and a half years, van Os was held at the Macassar Camp, in the Celebes. Following his release, he settled in Australia, where he married and raised a family.