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Re: Ken Dimbleby...
I just finished reading a book by a survivor of the POW. In it he states that not only did the Japanese bombers not strafe the survivors of the two ships, but they made no effort whatsoever to interfere with the destroyers who were stopped to rescue survivors, and were thus highly vulnerable. Several planes lingered in the vicinity to observe, but made no hostile moves. This civilty was common at the outset when the Japanese won easy victories. But as the war turned and whenever serious resistance was incurred, brutal and often atrocious conduct occurred. And prisoners in particular were subjected to this, as the Japanese considered surrender worse than death.
...a survivor of Cornwall wrote, " it would appear there was no organized machine-gunning of men in the water, perhaps just a little over-exuberace by one or two airmen giving a victory burst ." Dimbleby basically repeats what I've already detailed of Agar's comments wrt Dorsetshire .
Since you dug out Smith's Egusa work, you've saved me the trouble; I imagine his 'Val' volume also repeats this material.
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