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16 February - 22 Australians captured and massacred

Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:45 pm
by Max ADU
Today's event in Australian History Today
16th February

1942 – Twenty two Australians captured by the Japanese following the sinking of SS Vyner Brooke are killed at the Banka Island massacre.

On 12 February 1942
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the Sarawak royal yacht Vyner Brooke carrying many injured service personnel and 64 nurses left Singapore just before the city fell to the Imperial Japanese Army.

The ship was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sank. Surviours reached shore at Bangka Island

Victim of war or cold blooded murder
At mid-morning after surrendering, about twenty Japanese soldiers ordered all the wounded men capable of walking to travel around a headland.

A Japanese officer ordered the remaining 22 nurses and one civilian woman to walk into the surf. when the women were waist deep, they were machine-gunned.

All but Sister Lt Vivian Bullwinkel were killed. Wounded soldiers left on stretchers were then bayoneted and killed.

Shot in the diaphragm, survived the war and gave evidence of the massacre at a war crimes trial in Tokyo in 1947.

Re: 16 February - 22 Australians captured and massacred

Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:01 pm
by Max ADU
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