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A War Crime Punishment

by ATC Crawley 19 Squadron

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ATC Crawley 19 Squadron
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George Pirie
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Hong Kong
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09 March 2005

This is George Pirie's story; it has been added by a Volunteer from Crawley 19th Sqdn ATC, with permission from the author, who understands the terms and conditions of adding his story to the website.

1948 I was stationed in Stanley Barracks Hong Kong. One of my duties was Japanese war crime escort. On one occasion, I was detailed with two others and a sergeant to go to Stanley prison in a 15 CWT lorry and collected the bodies of two Japanese soldiers who had been hung for war crimes.

We took them to Repulse Bay, which is now a holiday resort. We put the bodies in a small boat, took them out to sea, the bodies were weighted down and we cast them over the side.

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