London: UK website releases eyewitness accounts of Netaji plane crash

London (PTI): A British website, set up to catalogue the last days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, has released what it claims are eyewitness accounts of the day he was reportedly killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.

The latest set of documents quote several people who were reportedly involved in the matter related to the accident as well as two British intelligence reports that revisited the crash site to establish the facts.

The website also sheds light on what may have been the freedom fighter’s dying words, which reflected his devotion to the cause of India’s freedom.

“For 70 years, there have been doubts in certain circles whether such a tragedy at all took place. Four separate reports each corroborating the other constitute irresistible evidence to the contrary,” says a statement issued by www.bosefiles.info.

The documents say that early in the morning on 18 August 1945, a Japanese Air Force bomber took off from Tourane in Vietnam with Bose and 12 or 13 other passengers and crew. Also on board was Lt Gen Tsunamasa Shidei of the Japanese Army and the planned flight path was Heito-Taipei-Dairen-Tokyo.

The three-member Netaji Inquiry Committee, instituted by the government of India in 1956 and headed by Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of Bose’s Indian National Army (INA), was told that since “the weather was perfect and the engines (of the aircraft) worked smoothly” the pilot decided to overfly Heito and proceed straight to Taipei, arriving there late morning or early afternoon.

Major Taro Kono, a Japanese Air Staff Officer and one of the passengers, told the committee: “I noticed that the engine on the left side of the plane was not functioning properly. I, therefore, went inside the plane and after examining the engine inside, I found it to be working all right.”

He added the accompanying engineer “also tested the engine and certified its air-worthiness”. Captain Nakamura alias Yamamoto, the ground engineer in charge of maintenance at the airport, concurred with Major Kono “that the engine of the left side was defective”.

He said the pilot told him “it was a brand new engine”. He went on to say: “After slowing down the engine, he (the pilot) adjusted it for about five minutes. The engine was tested twice by Major Takizawa (the pilot). After being adjusted, I satisfied myself that the condition of the engine was all right. Major Takizawa also agreed with me that there was nothing wrong with the engine.”

However, soon after the aircraft was airborne there was, according to Colonel Habib ur Rahman – Bose’s ADC and a co-passenger, a loud explosion.

He described it as “a noise like a cannon shot”. Nakamura, who was watching from the ground, said: “Immediately on taking off, the plane tilted to its left side and I saw something fall down from the plane, which I later found was the propeller.”
He also maintained that the maximum height gained by the aircraft was 30-40 metres. He estimated “the plane crashed about 100 metres beyond the concrete runway” and immediately caught fire in the front portion.

Colonel Rahman recounted: “Netaji turned towards me. I said ‘Aagey Say Nikaleay, Pichey Say Rasta Nahin Hai’. (Please get out through the front; there is no way in the rear.)

“We could not get through the entrance door as it was all blocked and jammed by packages and other things. So Netaji got out through the fire; actually he rushed through the fire. I followed him through the same flames.

“The moment I got out, I saw him about 10 yards ahead of me, standing, looking in the opposite direction to mine towards the west. His clothes were on fire. I rushed and I experienced great difficulty in unfastening his bush-shirt belt. His trousers were not so much on fire and it was not necessary to take them off.”

Rahman was in woollen uniform, whereas Bose was in cotton khakis, which, it was assessed, caught fire more easily.

Rahman added: “I laid him down on the ground and noticed a very deep cut on his head, probably on the left side. His face had been scorched by heat and his hair had also caught fire and singed.

“Netaji enquired from me in Hindustani: Aap Ko Ziada To Nahin Lagi?” (Hope you have not been hurt badly). I replied, I feel that I will be all right. About himself he said that he felt that he would not survive.”

Bose added: “Jab Apney Mulk Wapis Jayen To Mulki Bhaiyon Ko Batana Ki Mein Akhri Dam Tak Mulk Ki Azadi Ke Liyay Larta Raha Hoon; Woh Jangi Azadi Ko Jari Rakhen. Hindustan Zaroor Azad Hoga, Oos Ko Koi Gulam Nahin Rakh Sakta. (When you go back to the country, tell the people that up to the last I have been fighting for the liberation of my country; they should continue to struggle, and I am sure India will be free before long. Nobody can keep India in bondage now.)”

Lieutenent Col Shiro Nonogaki, who was on the flight, said: “When I first saw Netaji after the plane crash, he was standing somewhere near the left tip of the left wing of the plane. His clothes were on fire and his assistant (Col Rahman) was trying to take off his coat.”

There were variations in the details provided by Rahman, Nonogaki, Kono, Takahashi and Nakamura. They were giving evidence 11 years after the accident.

But in essence there was no disagreement between their testimonies on the fact of the crash and Bose suffering severe burns and injuries as a consequence, the website notes.

Netaji was rushed to the nearby Nanmon Military Hospital in a critical condition. In September 1945, British authorities in India sent intelligence teams comprising of Messrs Finney and Davies, H K Roy and K P De to Bangkok, Saigon and Taipei to enquire about the whereabouts of Bose and, if possible, to arrest him. They, instead, returned with the story of the crash.

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  1. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in the air crash, two years prior to Nehru becoming Prime Minister of independent India, according to RSS. RSS, Vajpayee, the Jan Sangh had alway pleaded that Bose was alive and Nehru, in collusion with Britain, USSR, America, etc detained Bose in some foreign prison, for, according to them, Nehru feared that the moment Subhas returns to India, Nehru would be replaced by SUBHASH due to upheaval in India against Gandhi and the Congress Party!

    This theme of accusing Nehru and the Congress by the RSS, of murders like alleged murder of Shyama Prasad Mukherji, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Lal Bahadur Shastri, some Nagarwal, etc, etc never ends. But, they have befriended Sheikh Abdullah, (who had allegedly murdered Shyama Prasad Mukherji by giving “slow Poison” for and on behalf of killer Nehru), made his son Farooq Abdullah and grandson Omar Abdullah ministers in Vajpayee’s cabinet, and yet they unfailingly celebrate the murder of “shyama Prasad Mukherji Hutaatma Dinaacharane” in the RSS Shakhas and BJP functions!

    Narendra Modi is releasing one “document” at a time, of the murder of Subhash by Nehru, from this January, as promised by him to the Bose Family, in his residence some time back, which would take many years and at least till 2019 elections to the Lok Sabha, when all the files “Proving Murder” would be released by RSS! This he does, so that the murder charge sticks on to the Congress during next elections also.

    MODI AND RSS MUST TELL THE NATION A SIMPLE THING, WHICH IS REGARDING THE FOLLOWING RIDDLE:

    Vajpayee, the Jana Sangh and the RSS have accused Nehru about wrongs to Bose since 1945, i.e. even two years prior to Nehru becoming the Prime Minister of independent India. Then till 1998 Vajpayee made allegations against Nehru and claimed about 300 and odd secret files, kept in the central government confidential custody. He agitated for their release for 50 years by then. He then became the prime minister and gone through all the “Secret Files” and came to definite conclusion.

    Then, as Prime Minister of India, having total access to the secret files, come to know that the “Secret files” have no secrets to hide, and coolly goes to Renkōji Temple, in Japan, where the ashes of Subhas are kept in an Urn. Vajpayee sits in front of the Urn and weeps profusely and prays for the “Moksha Praapti” to Subhash. He prostrates before that Urn. If the ashes contained in the Urn are not of Subhash, then did Vajpayee thought the same to be of Nathuram Godse? Why did Vajpayee paid homage to Subhas there as the Prime Minister of India?

    MODI MUST TELL THE NATION WHY HE IS STILL ACCUSING CONGRESS OF DOING WRONG TO SUBHASH? WHY THE NON ENTITIES, WHO JUST HAPPEN TO BE THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF BOSE, ARE DANCING TO THE TUNE OF MODI AND RSS, BOTH OPPOSED SUBHASH WHEN HE WAS ALIVE AND THEY JOINED HANDS WITH THE BRITISH TO DAMPEN THE FREEDOM STRUGGLE?

  2. 1. Shastri’s 50th death anniversary: Time to bury all controversies Saturday, January 9th, 2016. INDIRA GANDHI DID NOT KILL HIM!

    2. Eyewitness accounts of Netaji plane crash – NETAJI DIED IN THE CRASH AND NEHRU DID NOT GET HIM KILLED!

    FRIENDS, DO NOT BELIEVE THE ABOVE TWO NEWS ITEMS, PUBLISHED IN MANGALOREAN.COM! IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE ANTI RSS, ANTI BJP AND ANTI MODI!

    OR ELSE WHY SHOULD THEY PUBLISH THE FIFTY YEARS OLD SECRET ALLEGATIONS WITHIN A WEEK? JUST BELIEVE THE RSS, AND BELIEVE THAT “NEHRU KILLED SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE AND SHYAMA PRASAD MUKHERJI! INDIRA KILLED LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI. AND CONGRESS KILLED THOUSANDS!”

  3. ತೋಳಕ್ಕೆ ಗುಳ್ಳೆ ನರಿ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ.
    Where was this genius eye witness hiding for the past 70 years ? Is he still alive or his ghost speaking.

  4. There also evidence to say that Netaji dd not die in air crash.
    Reader may be able to see the copy of the authentic letter written by Jawaharlal Nehru to his UK counter part Mr Clement Attlee on 26th December 1945.In the letter it was clearly written “Subhash Chandra Bose, your war criminal has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin..Please take note of it and do what you consider proper and fit.” Nehru knew that Netaji did not die in air crash. Moreover the Mukherjee commission (1998) concluded that he did not die in the plane crash in Taipei in 1945.

    • Krishna – “There also evidence to say that Netaji dd not die in air crash.”

      Sri, Atal Bihari vajpayee and RSS claimed for fifty years that Netaji dd not die in air crash. Vajpayee, the Jana Sangh and the RSS have accused Nehru about wrongs to Bose since 1945. Till 1998 Vajpayee made allegations against Nehru. claimed about 300 and odd secret files were kept in the central government confidential custody. He agitated for their release for 50 years TILL 1998.

      Vajpayee then became the prime minister and gone through all the “Secret Files” FOR SIX YEARS and came to definite conclusion about the truth.

      AFTER THAT, Vajpayee coolly goes to Renkōji Temple, in Japan, where the ashes of Subhas are kept in an Urn. Vajpayee sits in front of the Urn and weeps profusely and prays for the “Moksha Praapti” to Subhash. He prostrates before that Urn. And made entries in the visitors book, admitting that the ashes in the urn were really of Netaji!

      If the ashes contained in the Urn are not of Subhash, then did Vajpayee thought the same to be that of Nathuram Godse? Why did Vajpayee paid homage to Subhas there as the Prime Minister of India?

      MODI MUST TELL THE NATION WHY HE IS STILL ACCUSING CONGRESS OF DOING WRONG TO SUBHASH, AFTER VAJAPAYEE SAID THE ASES IN THE EARN WERE OF THE NETAJI?

      WHY THOSE NON ENTITIES, WHO JUST HAPPEN TO BE THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF BOSE, ARE DANCING TO THE TUNE OF MODI AND RSS, IN MODI’S COURT YARD. IN FACT RSS AND HINDU MAHA SABHA OPPOSED SUBHASH WHEN HE WAS FIGHTING AGAINST THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
      THEY WERE RECRUITING INDIANS TO JOIN THE BRITISH ARMY TO FIGHT AGAINST GERMANY AND JAPAN AND “AZAD HIND FOUJ” OF NETAJI BOSE.

      SHAMELESS LOT.

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