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    Default Flight Officer/Navigator J. Yanota

    Hi All and Seasons Greetings.

    I am trawling through my files at present trying to update information on some of my POW's of Rangoon Jail.

    Does anyone have any detail about J-88914 J.J. Yanota a RCAF officer who served in 45 Squadron in Burma and crash landed in his Mosquito on 09/11/44 with his pilot Cliff Emeny. They both ended up and survived the next 6 months in Rangoon Jail.

    Many thanks as always.

    Steve
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    Hi Steve, just in case you have not seen this already:

    http://www.rquirk.com/poole/Signed_1_rupee_note,_Ver_15.pdf

    BTW There is a typical Czech surname Janota so it seems to me your man Yanota could have a Czech roots?

    Pavel
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    And one more link with his obituary(!) - he died last year...

    http://passherald.ca/pdf/Mar15,2011-PassHerald-Classifieds.pdf

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    Hi Pavel,

    Thanks for your help, yes, in regard to the signed rupee note, I have helped Matt in some small way toward that project in the past. I was very pleased to see the link to his obit though that's fantastic.

    I'm looking for his service details really, especially earlier on in the war. Emeny's book gives a lot of background, but I am trying to zero in on Yanota.

    It's funny you saying Janota is a typical Czech surname, the Japanese authorities that dealt with him on capture assumed that he had Japanese ancestry too. What's in a name!!

    Steve
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    Well Steve, I think that the "Y" in Yanota led Japanese to this assumption:)
    In our Czech case I suppose Y should replace the J to keep the original pronunciation of the surname.

    I will be glad if you will let me know if you will found out any info about his roots.

    Good luck

    Pavel
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    So... Possibly he should be also of Polish origin.
    I found following:

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/naturalization-1915-1932/001055-119.03-e.php?&rec_id_nbr=64506&interval=20&&res=H&PHPSESS ID=m8ddh48toblm1htd1m5d1blel3

    These two should be his parents (?) naturalized in 1927 ?

    Pavel
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    Merry Christmas, Pavel and Steve,

    Well, it's 26 Dec where you are, but still the 25th here as I write this.

    I have an e-mail address for Johnny Yanota's son, Tom, with whom I corresponded in 2011, after his father's death. I'll send it to you in a separate e-mail, Steve, along with his phone number. Tom was a friendly chap, and I'd bet he would be delighted to hear from you. No doubt he'll be able to verify Pavel's details regarding Polish roots vs Czech roots.

    Mention Matt Poole and Robert Quirk and the signed one-rupee note, and Tom will know what you're writing about. In fact, in 2011 he provided a slight correction to my biographical details on his father, as found on my signed 1-rupee note pdf writeup found on Robert's website. I was pleased to make the change.

    Cheers to all,

    Matt

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    Many thanks Matt, very interesting and much appreciate!

    Pavel
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    Thanks to both you gentlemen for your invaluable input here. I have made good progress already but it is always nice to fill in the story with more personal details.

    Seasons Greetings to all.

    Steve
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    One more suggestion - google "Democracy at War" (the Canadian War Museum newspaper clipping site) and search using his surname.

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