(See J. H. Alexander, pp. 10-35, December 2008 Naval History)
Murray L. Dear
New Zealand had good reason to be grateful for an American victory at Tarawa. When the Japanese seized that and other southern atolls in the Gilberts during September 1942, they captured 17 New Zealand coastwatchers. These prisoners of war were all executed on Tarawa following an air raid on 15 October 1942. While the perpetrators of this war crime may have escaped justice, they did not escape retribution.