|Missing In Action (MIA)||Prisoners Of War (POW)||Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)|
|Chronology||Locations||Aircraft||Ships||Submit Info||How You Can Help||Donate|
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
|Pilot Ensign William Thompson Welles, 156407 (POW, survived)
MIA November 1, 1943
Prisoner of War
Later, he met Joseph G. Nason pilot of SBD Dauntless 03359 who was also brought to Buka as a prisoner. At that point, Welles was heavily bearded. Together, they were tranfered to a Destroyer and transported to Rabaul, where they were both interned in the Rabaul POW Camp . Reportedly, Welles transferred from Kempei-Tai to Navy custody on December 19, 1943.
On December 20, 1943 Welles was transfered by air from Rabaul to Japan, along with two other prisoners, Sqn Ldr Noel T. Quinn pilot of Beaufort A9-262 and and Lt(jg) Stefan Albert Nyarady pilot of TBF Avenger 23973.
Interned at Rokuroshi POW Camp (Osaka Main Camp Chikko #24. He survived the war and was liberated on September 7, 1945. Afterwards, he was taken to Yokohama and evacuated to the United States.
|Discussion Forum||Daily Updates||Reviews||Museums||Interviews & Oral Histories|