70 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries
- Submitted by brianwindsoredgar on Mon, 2012-02-13 17:07Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Tue, 1 Aug 1944
Death of John/Jack Moss from pulmonary thrombosis.
John Moss was born in Fulham on August 20, 1885 and became a boy entrant to the Royal Navy in 1895, serving until 1908. In 1912 he went to Hong Kong to join the Police Force, retiring in 1932. He worked later for the Admiralty as a caretaker with special qualifications (police experience). At some point he married Lily Beatrice (born in London on June 26, 1891). Before Stanley he was held at the Nam Ping Hotel.
The Japanese Army finally takes over day to day control of the Camp, which has been officially the Military Internment Camp since January, but was still administered by civilians. For the first time an Army officer, 1st Lieutenant Hara, takes up residence. There's a new interpreter too, the already feared Japanese-American Niimori Genichiro.
There is much speculation in Camp as to whether the Army's arrival will make things better or worse. First indications are not promising: it's announced that the weighing of rice will not take account of the weight of the sacks, meaning a cut of about 5% in the rice ration.
Probably as a result of this change, Rudolf Zindel, International Committee of the Red Cross Delegate, finds things get tougher. From now on he has to apply to in Tokyo for permission to visit Stanley, and it takes three months to get a reply. And when he does get into the camp he's no longer allowed to talk with Franklin Gimson.
Moss: cause of death: Comendador Arthur E. Gomes, Newsletter, 1 February 2004 (this source gives his year of birth as 1886); date of death, hotel:
Army: George Wright-Nooth, Prisoner of the Turnip Heads, 1994, 207
Zindel: Hong Kong Sunday Herald, September 16, 1945, 5
- Submitted by Admin on Mon, 2012-04-09 16:17
- Submitted by Admin on Fri, 2014-06-06 11:54Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Tue, 1 Aug 1944
Felt much brighter but still bunged up this am. Dr. prescribed some Med & Asp.
A Jap. Officer smashed some windows that had V on them.
Another roll-call – 8am the same as the previous weekly ones.
Jap big wigs arrived this am.
Two days rice arr. Temp. 5% cut in rice ration.
No papers but we do not know if that is due to a hitch or if the new Adm. have disallowed the privilege.
With Steve pm.
Rumours about already re am.s meeting.
- Submitted by Old Man on Wed, 2014-07-02 12:24
- Submitted by Admin on Wed, 2014-07-02 21:01Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Tue, 1 Aug 1944
- Submitted by ssuni86 on Tue, 2019-05-14 20:37Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Tue, 1 Aug 1944
OBJECTIVE: Staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass Canton airfields and prevent JAAF from flying night bombing missions
RESULTS: Due to cloud cover, B-25 #405 fails to find the target and does not release its bombs. B-25 #403 bombs Tien Ho and White Cloud airbases, but damage is unknown.
TIME OVER TARGET: ~7:55 to 10:20 p.m.
AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: Two B-25s from 11th Bomb Squadron (341st Medium Bomb Group)
AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW:
- B-25: #403: 1st Lt. Stanley A. Johnson; 2nd Lt. Boyd A. [last name illegible]; 2nd Lt. Warren Curtis; 2nd Lt. Philip [last name illegible]; Sgt. Frank L. Gaines; Staff Sgt. Roy A. Jones; Staff Sgt. Frederick T. Kaveney
- B-25 #405: 1st Lt. Gordon R. Francis; 2nd Lt. Harry G. Charles; 2nd Lt. William G. Pauger; Staff Sgt. Charles A. [last name illegible]; Staff Sgt. Ervin B. Terwilliger; Sgt. William Cullen.
ORDNANCE EXPENDED: 20 x 100-pound bombs
JAPANESE UNITS, AIRCRAFT, AND PILOTS: None
AIRCRAFT LOSSES: None
SOURCES: Original mission reports and other documents in the Air Force Historical Research Agency archives at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Information compiled by Steven K. Bailey, author of Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942-1945 (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2019).Tags: