We’re pretty sure that most of us are watching HBO channel’s The Pacific. It was said that the story in this TV series is not historically accurate but it does give us a glimpse of how terrible and atrocious the war was.
The Japanese took over Sabah in a mere 3 weeks. Tawau was occupied on 24th January 1942. This post is not about Japanese occupation in Tawau but more about the liberation of Tawau after she was under the Empire of Japan for more than 3 years.
The photos you are about to see below were contributed by Sgt. F. A. C. Burke via the Australian War Museum. As far as we know, we have never seen these photos anywhere; not even in our history textbook.
They are now featured here exclusively on DiscoverTawau.com. We hope that these priceless photos will give you the chance to learn and appreciate Tawau’s untold history. This is the first of 5-part series.
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The first 2 photos show Spitfire and Kittyhawk fighter aircrafts in Tarakan, Indonesia getting ready for bombing and attack mission against the Japanese in Tawau.
This is the end of Part I of an impressive pictorial journey of Tawau’s liberation. If you enjoyed this please let us know by leaving your comments below or share this with your friends. Come back soon for Part 2 of this exciting series which will feature more rare photos and untold history about Tawau!