Secret deaths

By David Lomas In Commentary

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10th April, 2010
The death of 12 Japanese nationals in a plane crash near Auckland on August 2, 1943, was a closely guarded secret. Details were not released until more than 60 years later. The US Liberator bomber crashed into a mangrove swamp just after taking off from Whenuapai air base on the first leg of a secret people-swapping operation. On board the plane, bound for Papua New Guinea via Brisbane, were 22 Japanese nationals, including women and children, three Thais and five US crew. The Japanese and Thais had been living in New Zealand when the Pacific war started and had been interned for more ...

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