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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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Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was a commando fighting with the Australian Army in New Guinea when he was captured by natives, who turned him over to the occupying Japanese army. Here he is executed.

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from Mail Online

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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A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.

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[Photo] Portrait of Leonard Siffleet, circa 1941

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[Photo] Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941