Cecil John Trewelyan MASON

MASON, Cecil John Trewelyan

Service Number: 263679
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia, 7 January 1903
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed by the Japanese, Matupi Island, New Guinea, 8 October 1942, aged 39 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Rabaul Memorial, Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rabaul Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, 263679

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flying Officer Cecil John Trewelyan Mason 263679 RAAF of 20SQN and Leading Telegraphist Roy Woodroffe F329/10 RAN of HMAS Brisbane were executed by the Japanese after being captured in the Rabaul area (Namatanai / Feni Island) behind Japanese lines while working for Australian Naval Intelligence - 24 July 1942.

Flying Officer Mason is commemorated on the Rabual Memorial and LS Woodroffe RAN is buried in the Bita Paka War Cemetery, PNG (Woodroffe’s personal possession, a gold ring, was used to identify his remains and was forwarded to his family post-war)

Four USAAF Airmen were also executed - Pilot Massey (Maisey) of Chicago & Bombardier King, Arthur C from crashed aircraft 24 May 1942 at Wide Bay + Captain Peace O34206 (Pease, Harl Junior O-395206) of New England & Photographer Chikowsky (Sergeant Czechowske, Chester M 6915712) of Chicago parachuted from B17 E41-4239"