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Forum Category: PT Boats of WWII

Forum Name: PT Boats - General

Topic: Bounty for Japanese

Earl and I were talking about the bounty that was put on Japanese heads or ears during the war. I know that I was told this story and saw pictures of a Japanese mans head when I was at the museum in German Town.
Earl said he had heard the story also.but neither of us felt that it was confirmed to be true or not..
I suggested we might throw it out there for the board, maybe someone might be able to confirm the rumors to be true or false.

Would it be true that the bounty was put to an abrupt end because some natives had tried to pass off either American or Australian as Japanese by dyeing the heads for the bounty money?


Posted By: MN Gal | Posted on: Aug 18, 2013 - 6:37pm
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this was rtold to me when i was in sessapi

earl richmond

Posted By: earl | Posted on: Aug 18, 2013 - 7:35pm
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if you type in search"ww2 bounty on japanese heads" and click search ,you will find more pertinent info on this subject

earl richmond

Posted By: earl | Posted on: Aug 19, 2013 - 11:38am
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Here's a bit more info about the "Smoking Heads" On 11 November 1944 a group of B-24 bombers were on a mission to Brunei Bay, Borneo when one was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the jungle occupied by the Diack tribe. The survivors were taken in and cared for by these people and shortly it was discovered that several more survivors were also being taken care of by the Kelabit people in the next region. During the next several months while arrangements were being made for their rescue by the Z Force headed up by a British Major Tom Harrison, the crew witnessed several large festivals to celebrate the success and collection of Japanese heads by hunting parties. It seems that these folks had had enough of the poor treatment handed out by the Japanese, especially of their woman that the tribes joined together in hunter-killer war parties. After the attack with poisoned tip darts fired through blow-pipes, they would remove the heads of the unfortunate Japanese soldiers and return them to the village. At this point they would clean, dry and then smoke the heads over a fire and use them for decoration and good luck. They were thrilled by the idea that they could return to their "old ways" and even received a bonus of 5 Gildens per head paid out by Mr Harrison. It was reported that over 1000 Japanese troops were killed in this manner in this area of Borneo.

The crew was rescued one by one starting 10 June 1945 and surely had quite a story to tell when they returned back home.

I have also heard the same stories coming out of the New Guinea area as well.

Posted By: Roy Forbes | Posted on: Aug 20, 2013 - 7:55pm
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