Victory Day – 15 August 1945

15 08 2012

V Letter!! – A letter home on Victory Day, 15 August 1945

VJ (Victory over Japan) or VP (Victory in the Pacific) is commemorated on 15th August and marks the end of World War II.  On this day in 1945 Japan accepted the Allied demand  for unconditional surrender.

The German High Command had authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts in May 1945, which meant the war in Europe was over.  The Allied nations issued the Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945, calling for Japan to surrender or face ‘prompt and utter destruction’.  Japan responded with silent contempt, effectively ignoring the ultimatum, prompting the atomic bombings  of Hiroshima (6th August) and Nagasaki (9th August) after which the Japanese government agreed to comply in full.

Troops were spread all over the globe and were eager to make their way home.  Cpl A.R. (Roger) Crook, of the RAAF 21 Squadron (based in Borneo) wrote home to Australia with the news.  Here is his ‘V’ (victory) Letter to his beloved wife.

How do you like the news? – Victory Day, 15 August 1945

My darlings,
Just a line to let you know that I am OK and hope you are the same.  How do you like the NEWS?  I bet there was a fair sort of a celebration down home.  I would have to be stuck up here when it finished. We don’t know how long it will be before we get home.  But as I am a five years-er, I hope it won’t be long.  Any how it won’t be longer than 12 months, that’s all I signed up for.  I hope.  We will have a lot of work to do in the next few months I suppose but here’s hoping I get my discharge soon.  I will be straight away be having an understanding with Rowsell.  I bet he won’t like it.  Where is young Ron?  He didn’t see any operations at all.  I suppose he will be discharged now the lucky young devil.  How did Mum and Dad like the news?  We heard the news that it was over yesterday afternoon from Radio Tokyo but it was not confirmed until this morning.  Things were very quiet up here.  No celebrations at all. I only hope that I will be home for Christmas, the first in five years.  My we will have a celebration if I am.  I will get blotto once again like I did in Perth the last time, only worse!!!!!  (not if you can help it I bet).  Well my dearest, there is not much to write about up here and it is getting dark and I will close now. Give my love to all at home.  Tons of love and kisses, yours forever,  Roger x x x x

Service Medals – WWII The Pacific Star

We will remember them.
Lest we forget.


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