James Gowing Godwin

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James Gowing Godwin (12 March 1923–2 May 1995) was a Royal New Zealand Navy aviator, prisoner of war, war crimes investigator and colonial administrator. After the end of World War II, as a captain in the Australian Army he became an investigator with the Second Australian War Crimes Section in Tokyo in July 1947; he developed the case against Lieutenant General Takuma Nishimura for ordering the mass execution and cremation of 155 wounded Australian and Indian soldiers at war crimes at the Parit Sulong Massacre.[1] He also worked for the First Australian War Crimes Section, based in Singapore, then worked for the British colonial service.[2]

He was born in Blenheim, Nelson, New Zealand on 12 March 1923.[3]


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  2. ^ "Transcript of "PERSONAL HISTORY OF JAMES GOWING"". 3 Squadron - Australian Flying Corps. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Watt, Lawrence. "James Gowing Godwin". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.