To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Aircraftman 2nd Class

Robert Boocock

Known as Bob

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1919/01/07 - Born Newcastle-on-Tyne

Son of Robert and Annie (nee Kirton) Boocock

Occupation Clerk

1940/04/09 - Enlisted Padgate

Royal Airforce

242 Squadron

 

Japanese PoW

1942/03/08 - Captured Pamegatan, Java

PoW No. J-10188

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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Harugiku Maru-03

1943/09/11 - Transported from Batavia, Java with Java Party 16 in Harugiku Maru (also known as Van Waerwijck) to Singapore

519 PoWs - 360 British, 159 Dutch

Commander Captain P. Williams

1943/09/14 - Arrived Singapore

1943/09/20 - Transported oversea in Seishin Maru to Japan in convoy SA-12 also consisting of tanker KIRISHIMA MARU and transports TEIKO (ex-French D‚ARTAGNAN) MARU and USSURI MARU escorted by fleet oiler ASHIZURI and subchaser CH-19.

1943/09/25 - South China Sea. In midmorning, lookouts aboard Cdr Frederick C. Lucas' USS BILLFISH (SS-286) spot convoy SA-12 to the west. Lucas signals Lt-Cdr Joseph H. Willingham's USS BOWFIN (SS-287) of the sighting. Lucas submerges and tries to close the range, but the convoy zigs away.

Nearby, Willingham's BOWFIN, on her first war patrol, receives sister-ship BILLFISH's signal. At 1130, BOWFIN surfaces and begins tracking the convoy. At 1310, Willingham torpedoes and sinks KIRISHIMA MARU at 09-53N 112-10E. 14 crewmen are KIA. CH-19 counterattacks, but is unsuccessful.

At 1403, USN codebreakers intercept and decrypt a message from CH-19 that reads: ‘At 1030, arrived at the scene. At 1233 (10-02 N, 122-01 E) sighted crew [of KIRISHIMA MARU] and at 1330 picked up a total of 53 men including the Captain. Continuing the search for the others’

1943/09/26 - At 1600, USN codebreakers decrypt another message from CH-19 that reads: ‘At 1425 picked up 9 more men. Above makes total of 62 of 87 (including passengers) rescued from KIRISHIMA MARU ----- heading for Saigon’

1943/09/29 - The remaining ships from Convoy SA-12 arrived Philippines

1943/10/08 - Arrive Takao, Taiwan

1943/10/12 -  Arrive Moji, Japan

1943/10/23 - Transported to Fukouka 19B - Inatsuki, Japan

New PoW No. 30106

1944/04/19 - Renamed Fukouka 11D

1945/08/15 - Renamed Fukuoka 8B, Japan

1945/09/21 - Liberated, reported as healthy

Liberation Questionnaire

 

Post War

Married Rosemary

They were blessed with children Robert, Nick, Anna and Katie.

Granddad to Elisabeth, Alex, Millie and James.

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100th Birthday

Card from the Queen

 

Died

Aged 101

7th September 2020

At home in Escrick

 

 

Information

Robert (Nobby) Boocock - son

Japanese Transport

Java Index

Roger Mansell - Fukouka 8B

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW Files:- WO 392/23, WO 345/6, WO 361/2009, WO 361/2217,

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