Surviving the Japanese Onslaught

An RAF PoW in Burma

William Tate

* An honest and frank first-hand account of life as a Japanese Prisoner of War.

* Set solidly in historical context by the author's son.

* A gripping tale of survival against the odds, enhanced by the inclusion of photographs and documents taken directly from the author's family archive.
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
40 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473880733
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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These are the firsthand memoirs of the late William Albert Tate (W.O, RAF Bomber Command) framed within the factual history of his service career in the Royal Air Force between the years 1938 and 1946, penned by his son. This gripping narrative relays William's firsthand recollections of his time spent as a Japanese Prisoner of War, when he was incarcerated for two years in Rangoon Gaol, after bailing out of his Wellington over Burma. Tales of the harsh brutalities inflicted by his captors and the unsanitary conditions in which he and his fellow captives were held offer a real sense of the everyday realities experienced by Japanese Prisoners of War at this time. Jungle diseases, enforced starvation, sadistic torture tactics and the ever present threat of aerial bombardment all beset these prisoners. William and his son meditate on the legacies of enduring such trials as these in an engaging account of survival against the odds.

About The Author

William Albert Tate served in Bomber Command from 1938 to 1946. He passed away in 2007, at the age of eighty-five. This is the first time that his memoirs have been published.


This gripping narrative relays William's first-hand recollections of his time spent as a Japanese Prisoner of War.

- Burma Star Association

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