Japanese Surrender Delegates 5
"Japanese delegates transferring to US C-54 for trip on to Manila - No steps were available for C-54's on Ie Shima. Not a deliberate insult! From "Darkroom Soldier": "Awkward Climb to Peace. The airstrip at Ie Shima was not equipped to accommodate loading passengers in an Air Force Douglas C-54 four-engine transport, the plane in which the peace envoys would fly to Manila. After about fifteen minutes of incomprehensible discourse on the ground, the sixteen emissaries led by Lt Gen Torashiro Kawabe ascended an improvised boarding ladder -- an unintentional indignity. Two days later, the delegation returned to Ie Shima with the details worked out for the September 2 signing of surrender documents aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
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Ie Shima, East China Sea
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