FEPOW Guidance on FEPOW Matters
I am doing some more “back-office donkey-work” for the POW Update Project. I have been looking at the FEPOW data. All does not seem well?
I am looking for advice/guidance from those with superior knowledge/experience. There may be political nuances that I am unaware of?
At least, in Euro/Africa whilst both “Sides” had a multitude of languages they were mostly(!!!) using the same alphabet. In the FE the Japanese – who made the first data records(?) of POWs – were not only using a different language but also a totally different character-set. Philologically, therefore, one should expect a higher rate of errors/omissions in FEPOW data?
Where is the definitive list of (Allied) Air Force(s) personnel who were POW of the Japanese? How accurate is it? Can it be accessed?
I ask this because until the closing days of WW2 the Germans were meticulous record-keepers.
Is there a definitive figure of RAF Japanese POWs? There are a number of FEPOW sites (some of which seem deliberately designed to prevent the easy cumulative acquisition of Numbers/Names/Places). Which is the most reliable? I ask because – as a test – I took the first 6 RAF POWs off one. 4 of them were not on the main FEPOW s/sheet data! Additionally, on that list, I have no Service Numbers for:
BIRD, Joseph, Plt Off (POW 1942-03-06!, Cmd 1943-01-26!)
CAMERON, Peter McArthur, Plt Off. (Nil).
HARVEY, Geoffrey M, Fg Off (Nil)
MACK, Ernest William, Plt Off (Nil)
OLIVER, Eric Norman Wellesley, Plt Off (Nil – Poss descendant rellie of 1st Duke of Wellington):
which I cannot get to come up on the LG (this often indicates a spelling error?). There were some, in the various Malay States Volunteer Forces, who had The Governor’s Commission as opposed to The Sovereign’s Commission (including a 60-yr old Plt Off who survived being a POW!!) and:
PILLAI, Nagamany D, Cpl
PILLAI, Raman N K, Sgt
Whom I can’t find in AIR 78.
We have found out, over the years, an awful lot about German/Italian POWs. I was surprised to find that the Japanese POW data seems to be at a very early stage of correction/reconciliation (even after this length of time). I wondered why this seems to be so (bearing in mind the administrative/military panic as the Japanese forces came down the Malay peninsular!!)? I do not wish to jump in, feet-first, where angels fear to tread.
Can someone give me some pointers? If necessary, I/we can continue a discussion off-Forum and by email if there are pertinent matters which should be aired publicly?
HTH & TIA
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