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Leonard Siffleet was an Australian Special Forces radio operator, sent to Papua New Guinea to establish a coast watching site monitoring the movements of Japanese forces. He and two others were discovered and detained by local tribesmen loyal to the Japanese. They were interrogated for two weeks before all three were beheaded on Aitape Beach on 24th October 1943 by Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao.

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10 Lesser-Known Iconic Photos of WWII -

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On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.

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The tale of the hero pilot whose love survived hell

Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao frozen forever in the act of executing Australian commando Leonard Siffleet on Aitape Beach, 24 October 1943. the photo was found by American troops on the body of a dead Japanese soldier in April 1944 and was published in an Australian magazine and in Life. magazine in the US

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[Photo] Portrait of Leonard Siffleet, circa 1941

An Australian POW captured in New Guinea, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, about to be beheaded by the Japanese with a shin guntō sword, 1943. [wikipedia image]

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