Japanese records shed light on Montevideo mystery
RELATIVES of more than 1000 Australians lost during World War II are hoping Japanese prisoner-of-war records will shed fresh light on Australia’s worst-ever maritime disaster.
Prisoners of war and civilian internees were aboard the Japanese freighter Montevideo Maru when it was torpedoed by a US submarine in June 1942. For three-and-a-half years no word of the sinking reached Australia, with families believing their loved ones remained alive in Japanese captivity. Even now, it’s not known exactly who or how many were aboard.
But Japan’s decision, announced at the weekend, to hand over records of Australian PoWs could solve this mystery.
The records might shed light on the fate of the members of Lark Force, many of whom were lost on Montevideo Maru.