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    Cowra Japanese War Cemetery New South Wales Australia

Daniel Leahy 2012

Cowra Japanese War Cemetery is located along Doncaster Drive to the north of Cowra in New South Wales (NSW) in Australia. Borders the Cowra War Cemetery.

In 1964, the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery was consecrated. It contains 523 Japanese graves. They include 231 graves of prisoners of war killed during the breakout from Cowra Prisoner of War Camp (Cowra POW Camp) on the morning of August 5, 1944, Japanese aircrew shot down during air raids against northern Japan and Japanese civilian internees who died in Australia during the Second World War. The graves include thirteen unidentified Japanese airmen and one unidentified Japanese Army soldier.

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Grave of Hajime Toyoshima (alias Tadao Minami) who initiated the "Cowra Breakout" died of wounds August 5, 1944 captured force landing A6M2 Zero 5349 February 19, 1942.

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Grave of Sea1c Katsuro Nagatomo who died during the "Cowra Breakout" on August 5, 1944 captured piloting A6M2 Zero 911 crashed February 28, 1942. Other sources list this grave as 21125.

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Grave of PO2c Enji Kakimoto who died due to suicide during the "Cowra Breakout" on August 5, 1944 captured piloting A6M2 Zero V-??? ditched August 27, 1942 off Milne Bay.

Graves B04-02 to B04-09
Grave of the eight crew members of Ki-49-I Helen 174 crashed June 20, 1943 including: Captain Katsuhiro Ohta, Warrant Officer Katumi Nakahara, Sergeant Major Hiroshi Tuchiya, Sergeant Major Nasakatu Shinagawa, Sergeant Major Harukichi Jitukawa, Sergeant Major Naburo Hayakawa, Sergeant Kaichiro Hariya and Sergeant Haruyuki Kadota.

CWGC - Cowra Japanese Military Cemetery
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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November 5, 2020


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