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Todd John Evelyn

  

 

 

Born 3rd February 1914 Hobart Tasmania the son of Alfred John and Minnie Gertrude Todd (nee Bell) and married to Isabella Mary McWilliam.

 

Sqn Ldr Todd was the pilot of PBY Catalina A24-34 which was shot down in Jacquinot Bay, New Britain on 2 February 1944. He died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese on 22 July 1944.

 

When I first entered the Rabaul Prisoner of War camp, there was a PBY Catalina pilot named Todd from New Zealand [sic, Australian] who had an unexploded projectile inbedded in his hip. How we felt sorry for the poor man yet there was nothing that we could do for him and the Japs were afraid to try and remove the projectile for fear it would explode [sic, likely part of the flare or wound from ditching]. As far as I can remember, I never heard the poor man beg the Japs for anything or for any help. I told him that if the Japs let me, I would try to remove it, but after thinking it over I was really too scared to try. He finally wasted away and had poison set in and he passed away after going into a coma for three days."

M.I.A. Over Rabaul South Pacific pages 94, 115

 

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