The Australian Veterans' Accounts
Kokoda Veterans' Video Interviews
...flew with 75 Squadron at Milne Bay. He tells of the capture of a Japanese pilot.
“We shot down a Jap Val, a divebomber thing. He crash-landed on the beach, well away from us. The natives got him and brought him in for interrogation. We found out he was a Jap officer. I was at the strip at the opposite end. They walked this bloke in. They had him like a pig. They had a pole on the shoulder of this fellow and another fellow, another Kanaka [Papuan] up in front. They had this thing like a stuck pig. His wrists and his ankles on this thing. His wrists were nearly cut through from the vines. They dumped him to the army. They took the thing off him.
He was on the ground there and they were going to talk to him. And an air force cook came up and said ‘my first bloody Jap’ and pulled out his gun and shot him. There and then. Whatever happened to the cook, he was in serious trouble after that. He was going to kill a Jap before he finished the war.”