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31 July 2015


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My mother was one of the children prisoners on the Dorish Maru and was liberated and bought to Brisbane as a refugee. She was 12 at the time. She also has several brothers and sisters, of whom only four survived. It is an emotional thing to read the accounts of the straffing of the ship. I wish I could find a complete list of those on board.

Hello everyone. I am the official historian for the Alamo Scouts Historical Foundation. The Alamo Scouts was the unit that made initial contact with the 120+ missionaries at Hollandia and helped effect their rescue.

Would very much like to make contact with more of the family members of those liberated. Please visit our official website at

My uncle Raymond Barber a Lutheran lay missionary was also on the Dorish Maru and a story appeared in the Melbourne Herald newspaper on May 1st 1944 after he was interviewed by war correspondent John Quinn at Hollandia.

I would appreciate it if I could have contact details for Ted Radke and Kenneth Edgar.

Here you go Trevor - KJ

I am grateful to have just found this account of the tragedy aboard the Yorishime Maru, thank you for sharing it.
My paternal grandfather was Theodore Radke, one of those killed during the attack, and for whom I was named after.

During my recent research on this event, I have found that the 6Feb44 attack was conducted by A-20G-20-DO 'Havoc' aircraft, operated by the USAAF 90th Bombardment Sqdn (Light), which had relocated to the Nadzab airfield 5 days previously.

I bear no malice towards the airmen of the 90th for the death of my grandfather...they were doing a difficult job.
For their part, the 90th lost four A-20Gs that day.

My maternal Grandfather, Ted Radke, was on the Yorishime Maru and one of those killed. Dr. Braun was my Great Uncle by marriage (he and Mr. Radke married sisters).

As to the aircraft involved I found (can't remember where) a USAAF entry for Feb. 6, 1944 stating the aircraft used as A-20 Havocs and P-40 Warhawks.

Most interesting story again, Ken Wright. Enjoyed reading this also.

Thank you Ken, for these two stories. I have been placing them on the Sepik Region Development Discussion Forum on Facebook. I have often placed war stories and other historic articles on this Form over the past two years and the Sepiks really appreciate them.

Last night they asked for something on the Timbunke massacre so I found that story online and gave it to them.

You would be fascinated by the stories of one of the Sepik men. He is the son of a Polish Catholic Brother, who may have been on the ship. He had arrived in PNG in 1935. He later married a Boiken lady, a former Catholic nun in 1972 and had a family which includes this son, John Sliviak.

John says his father Mr Stefan Sliviak, who was known as Br Januarius Sliviak, was present with Br Braun for sawing off, of Fr Mey's leg. Also Br Januarius was part of the party that made contact with the advancing US Marines in Hollandia in April 1945.

If I may be permitted to add a footnote on Fr Tschauder.

Fr Tschauder later returned to PNG and for many years taught at Holy Spirit Seminary which was originally located near Madang and later mover to Bomana.

Among the students/seminarians at Holy Spirit Seminary at that time were several Bougainvilleans, including Leo Hannet, John Momis, Theodore Miriung, and Ben His. (Fred Reiher and Ignatius Kilage were also there at that time).

In the late 1960’s the students produced a magazine called “Dialogue”. Some of the material in that magazine was considered to be somewhat radical by the Australian governing authorities in PNG.

One of the articles was on mining rights in Bougainville, and it was questioning the application of law with regard to ownership of the mine etc.

One of the staff members at Holy Spirit Seminary at the time happened to be a Black American priest named Raymond Caesar, (later bishop of Goroka). This was the era of the civil rights movement in the USA and some of the Australian authorities immediately suspected Fr. Caesar as the staff member who was passing on radical ideas to the young seminarians.

A Bougainvillean who was a student at the time later told me that in actual fact it was Fr Tschauder who was implanting revolutionary ideas in the students heads.

Poor Fr Ray Caesar got the blame but it was Fr Tschauder who was actually challenging the students to question the mining operations in Bougainville.

I normally can trace most things on the computer but I can't for the life of me find out more about the aircraft involved in the attack on the Dorish Maru.

If at any time you or readers happen to come across any info, can I please ask if you could let me know. I'm a fussy bugger and feel the article is not complete without at least giving the American version of the attack.

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