F.W. Baumeister

Dutch POW at Nagoya #5 Yokkaichi

Contributions by
Irene Kusnadi-Baumeister

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In Commemoration of the Air Drop
made by the Men of the H.M.S. Indefatigable

On August 29 and 30, 1945, a POW supply air drop took place on camp Yokkaichi, Japan. Roy Hawkes and Bill Jones, pilot and Telegraphist Air Gunner of the Avenger Dohinky of the 820 squadron, made the actual drop, which included gifts made by the men of the H.M.S. Indefatigable, among whom were Les Wills, Peter Bonney, Frank Bromhead and Ken Taylor, men from mess 8, and Bill Briggs, mess 69, and also Val Bennett. It was Val's Firefly of the1772 Squadron which made the special delivery of medical supplies which are mentioned in Major Thompson's letter of acknowledgement.

Read the full document on the 66th anniversary of the air drop.

Assorted Photos

Air drop on Yokkaichi
Courtesy of Bill Jones

Letter from H.M.S. Indefatigable to Allied POWs
Courtesy of Bill Jones

Marine S. Algate note to Allied POWs
Courtesy of Bill Jones


Letter from Major Donald Thompson
Courtesy of Roy Hawkes

Maggie Creighton (Los Banos) wearing
silk dress made from a parachute
Courtesy of Bill Briggs

Yokkaichi Memorial
Courtesy of Tim Ruse