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|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert G. Neal, O-833189 (POW, executed) Buffalo, NY
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Louis J. Winiechi, Jr., O-831874 (POW, executed) NY
Navigator 1st Lt. Richard S. Lane, O-558308 (POW, executed) NJ
Engineer SSgt Robert W. Goulet, 32839871 (POW, executed) NY
Radio SSgt William Cohen, 32975702 (POW, executed) NY
Crashed August 7, 1945
Fates of the Crew
On August 15, after Japan's surrender was announced, officers at Fukuoka met and issued an order stating that "There will be an execution of enemy fliers... because they are being held responsible for indiscriminate bombing... The executions will be kept secret."
The sixteen American prisoners held at the prison, including all members of this B-25 crew were taken by truck to a nearby field at Aburayama. The officer in charge, Major Kusumoto order the execution and one of the officers of the execution squad even brought his girlfriend to watch. The prisoners were stripped naked and taken into the woods singularly or in pairs and hacked to death with swords.
Afterwards, Adjutant's section Minoru Nakamura was ordered to place the bodies into coffins and take them to the crematorium at Aburayama, plus victims from an earlier execution that had been disinterred and all would be cremated at night. Afterwards, the ashes were sorted into envelopes and buried in a military cemetery.
Several days later, they were exhumed and taken to Kiyoko Jija (temple) where they were tuned over to the head priest, as American fliers who had died in a recent air raid on Fukuoka. A week later, the remains were taken by the Army again, and buried in the nearby hills by Koshi Yukino and Minoru Nakamura, on orders from Col. Yoshinao Sato (air defense officer, HQ staff)
Recovery of Remains
5 Prisoners Executed
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