Trapped - Episode 5 - A light out to sea

Episode 5 Trailer

 

With all the airmen stricken with malaria, and food and supplies exhausted, survival seems unlikely for the men of the RAAF rear party. When a Timorese villager loyal to the Japanese delivers a letter to Flight Lieutenant Bryan Rofe demanding his surrender, the airmen must confront the truth that they may never make it home. And then hope is rekindled in the form of an unlikely, high-risk rescue attempt.

Interviewees

  • Len Bourke
  • Clyde Pappin

Actors

  • Jono Burns
  • Sam Loy
  • Jacob Phillip
  • Zane Ellenwood  
  • David Khoirul
  • Jamie Collette
  • David Pruden
  • Davey Wallace
  • Ben Righetti
  • Tim Duncan

Sources

  • Report of an interview with Flight Lieutenant Bryan Rofe, Meteorological Officer, formerly with RAAF Detachment at Penfuei [sic], at Hollywood Hospital, Perth and a letter of 29 April 1942’, NAA A9695, 403.
  • ‘Report on R.A.A.F. Party Left at
  • Koepang, Timor’, From Flight Lieutenant Rofe to AOC, NWA H
  • Obituary Ronald Jellicoe Bell, posted by the Rose Society of Victoria
  • ‘Report of interview at Hollywood Hospital, Perth with Flight Lieutenant H. O. Cook’, NAA A9695, 405
  • ‘Escape from Timor by submarine – interview with Pilot Officer Charles Gibbs, 4th Repair and Salvage Unit’, NAA A9695, 408.
  • ‘North Western Area Brief – personal diary of Sergeant Holloway (Service Number 11093)
  • ‘Escape from Timor by submarine – interview with Pilot Officer Charles Gibbs, 4th Repair and Salvage Unit’, NAA A9695, 408
  • War Crimes – Military Tribunal: Unit – Imperial Japanese Navy: Date and Place of Tribunal – Manus, 18 January–8 March 1951’
  • Submarines, United States Asiatic Fleet, Logbook, ‘USS Searaven (SS196) Report of Third War Patrol’, period from 2 April 1942 to
  • 25 April 1942, p. 4
  • Bryan Rofe diary
  • Len Bourke diary
  • Letters Bryan Rofe, Patricia Whitford – Rofe family collection
  • Colin Humphris “Trapped On Timor,” Adelaide, 1990
  • Interview Len Bourke
  • Inteview Clyde Pappin
  • Interview Edmund Park
  • Interview Dr Attupah, Timor
  • Trumble, Tom, “Rescue at 2100 Hours”, Penguin, Melbourne, 2013
  • McGrievy, Joseph, ‘Rescue from Timor Island . . .’, Submarine National Review, April–June 1992
  • Flying Officer E. W. Tipping, ‘Return to Timor’, in Victory Roll
  • War crimes – Execution of approximately 24 Allied personnel at Deba village near Koepang’ – Sworn Statement – Yamabe Masao, NAA MP742/1,
  • ‘War crimes – Execution of approximately 24 Allied personnel at Deba village near Koepang – Statement by Jermias Koanfora – Chief of Pariti Village’
     

Producers

  • Sam Loy
  • James Milsom
  • Ryan Pemberton