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Hajime Toyoshima with Sergeant Leslie J. Powell on Bathurst Island
(Left) Hajime Toyoshima left eye and face are swollen from injuries he sustained when his head impacted the Zero's gun site when he crashed landed February 19, 1942 piloting A6M2 Zero 5349 on a fighter sweep over Darwin and was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and crash landed on Melville Island. Later he was found by Aboriginal Matthias Ulungura from the Snake Bay Settlement who managed to disarmed him, take his pistol and escort him to Bathurst Island. On February 24, 1952 he was handed over to Sergeant Leslie J. Powell of the 23rd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineer and became the first Japanese Prisoner Of War (POW) captured in Australia.
(Right) Australian Army Sergeant Leslie J. Powell wearing sunglasses and shorts who was unarmed was given the pilot's pistol on a lanyard.
Credit: Australian Army via AWM P00022.001  Date: February 27, 1942

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