James Burrows: The Last Coastwatcher
Australian Coastwatchers played a vital role providing intelligence on Japanese movements and rescuing stranded Allied personnel in the waters north of New Guinea. They faced harrowing environmental conditions and being discovered by the ever-present enemy, but kept to their task with a singular will.
Jim Burrowes joined the Second AIF in January 1942 and after qualifying as a wireless operator, transferred to M Special Unit, where he became a Coastwatcher. Now 100 years old, Burrowes, Australia’s last surviving Coastwatcher, describes his time in the islands and how he plied his trade behind enemy lines.
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