COLIN MAITLAND JUPP
16 YEAR OLD SCHOOLBOY
THE ACCIDENTAL GUERILLA FIGHTER
Colin Maitland Jupp was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on 3 January 1926 to an Australian mother and a British father, Arthur Jupp, whose business took him to Hawaii. Colin had dual citizenships - both American and Australian. His full name may have been Colin Arthur Maitland Siddeley Jupp. It is interesting to note that a Mr. R.E. Jupp was the Australian representative for Armstrong-Siddeley Motors Ltdof Coventry, England in the 1930's.
Mr and Mrs Arthur Jupp arrived in Sydney from Honolulu by the Sierra on 15 September 1927. At that time, Mr. Arthur Jupp controlled the Hawaiian Meat Company, which has one of the most modern killing and packing houses in the Pacific. Mrs. Jupp, who was an Australian, wrote a play, entitled "The Spirit of Desire." which was a competition conducted in Sydney.
It is believed that their son Colin Arthur Maitland Jupp attended Boarding School in Melbourne. There is evidence that he attended Hawthorn West School in 1937 and 1938.
On 7 February 1939 he started school at Melbourne University High School. At the time he was living at 4 Coppins Grove, Hawthorn. His University High School Individual Record card shows that he was absent from school in 1942 and may have returned to the school in 1943.
Colin Jupp was a member of the school's ham radio club and he and his best mate (does anyone know his friend's name?) used a code based on the same exact edition of a dictionary to communicate secretly.
Colin Jupp and his friend travelled together by boat in December 1941 on holiday break from school to visit his friends family in the Philippines. His friends first name was either Jonathon or Thomas. They arrived around 6 December 1941 probably in Manilla Bay where his friend's father would have collected the boys and brought them to his house. He lived in a suburb so when the Japanese invaded a few days later, they were aware of it but weren't able to see anything.
It was maybe 3-4 days into their arrival when his friend's father packed them up with mules in a truck and drove them along "Longing Rd." (other possible names are Langing Road or Laging Road). In all there were 12 people in the truck. They drove as far as they could to the edge of the jungle/forest and then buried the truck and went the rest of the way on foot. They hiked about 20 miles a day, covering perhaps 250 - 300 miles through dense jungle before arriving at a mine.
Colin Jupp described it to his family as a cave and quite deep in the jungle. The father of his friend was well acquainted with the mountainous jungles and in anticipation of an attack by the Japanese, he had provisioned some huts hidden deep in the jungle near an abandoned mine with several years worth of food and supplies.
Perhaps it was previously abandoned or this father had some knowledge of it and never told anyone about it possibly hoping it contained some riches that he could keep for himself? Colin's friends' father was an architect and mine operator. So he probably worked for one of the conglomerate operations that ran all the mines at that time. Based on what he described, being able to see part of the Death March, his daughter Margreit believes he may have been somewhere near Mariveles.
An old American lumber company Cadwallader Gibson Lumber Company was established in Limay, Bataan in 1919. It was owned by two Cadwallader brothers who were interned at Santo Tomas by the Japanese during WWII. Deep in the jungle, there was a possible abandoned mine. Could this be the mine where Colin Jupp was taken by his friend's father. Was there a connection with the Cadwallader family?
Colin Jupp said they had sporadic contact with the Marking's Guerrillas in the area. The Guerillas were under the command of Colonel (Later Brigadier General) Marcos Villa Agustin also known as Agustin Marking. Colin said that he was not a "part" of their efforts. It was more of a sharing of information and protecting each other's whereabouts.
Marking's Guerillas were formed in the Sierra Madre Mountains east of Manila. Marking's mistress was Yay Paniliilio. Colin said that even the Guerrilla forces would have had trouble finding where their cave was.
Colin Jupp and his Filipino friend and family spied on the Japanese as they towed their planes with rope to hide them in the rice paddies. On Colin's 16th birthday 3 January 1942, the boys hid in trees and fired grenade launchers to blow up the Japanese aircraft. However the Japanese apparently later herded a village of Filipinos into a church and burned it down in retribution. So that was the last time the boys did that.
They were also able to witness the Bataan Death march from whatever mountains they were in and they helped some of these men to escape into the jungle. When they heard that a plane had crashed in the mountains, they hiked for 3 days to reach it. They took the radio apart and carted the components back to their camp where they used a bicycle generator to power it.
Colin Jupp said that it was about 7 months before he had enough parts to put a radio together. Each day for 3 months Colin Jupp climbed to the top of a peak and tried to hail his best mate in Australia using their secret code. He finally made contact and his friend notified Colin's family who must have notified either the Embassy or the Allied Forces in Melbourne. After that they were able to coordinate times to transmit. At that time, Colin's parents may have lived in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne.
According to Colin, the Navy began providing copies of the same dictionary to ships in the area. Somehow the Navy communicated to Colin (am assuming it was via radio) the date and meeting place for his rendezvous with a submarine. Colin Jupp then snuck down to the coast, a six foot blond haired boy dressed in the garb of a Filipino fisherman, and went out into the South China Sea in a banca, covered in palm fronds where he floated for 3 days in the pouring rain until the US submarine finally surfaced.
Once the submarine arrived in Perth in Western Australia Colin Jupp was allowed to contact his mother. He said this was a big deal since telephone use was restricted during the war. He was then put on a train to Melbourne. He also said he was asked to sign several confidentiality agreements promising never to speak of the event. He said even when he arrived home in Melbourne he was asked to sign things and was still being spoken to or debriefed. He mentions being grateful to having been allowed to have a holiday with his family. This might suggest that he arrived home close to Christmas which may line up with him possibly being rescued on 20 October 1943 by submarine USS Cabrilla.
It is believed that Jesus Villamor was also on board the US Submarine that rescued Colin Jupp. It is known that Major Jesus Villamor along with Major Meider and two other Filipino guerrillas (Torres and Cabangbang) were picked up by USS Cabrilla (SS-288) at Dago Point, Negros Island on 20 October 1943. USS Cabrilla was commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Hammond.
Colin Jupp then enlisted in the Air Force, was trained as a glider pilot and returned under General George C. Kenney's command to the Southwest Pacific Area where he performed more heroics.
I note that WWII Army Enlistment Records show a Colin M. Jupp, Army Serial No. 10641144, born 1926 in Hawaiian Islands, enlisting on 2 October 1944. I also found a draft Registration Card for an Arthur Colin Maitland Jupp born 3 January 1926 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Could this be him and his first name is actually Arthur.
|The Sydney Morning Herald 16 September 1927
Mr and Mrs Arthur Jupp arrived in Sydney from Honolulu by the Sierra yesterday. Mr. Jupp controls the Hawaiian Meat Company, which has one of the most modern killing and packing houses in the Pacific. Mrs. Jupp, who is an Australian, some time ago wrote a play, entitled "The Spirit of Desire." which was a competition conducted in Sydney.
|Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania 6 March 1946
BUYING SHIPS BY THE POUND
MELBOURNE. Tuesday. - 20 year old American, who two years ago was a student at Melbourne University High School, is back in Melbourne from Manila to buy ships by the pound. He is offering ? lb. for ships from 400 tons to 10,000 tons.
He is Colin Maitland Jupp, US War Department Public Relations correspondent. He is here primarily to visit his mother.
Mr. Jupp represents a Philippines syndicate backed by the Philippines Government and commercial interests. The syndicate is seeking ships of 1,000 tons and less for inter island Philippines trade, and larger ships for trade between the Philippines, Australia and the Far East. The company has a phenomenal capital of 10,000,000 Pounds.
|Townsville Daily Bulletin 16 May
PHILIPPINE SUGAR MISSION
BRISBANE., May 15. - Philippine technical men are expected to visit Queensland to inquire into sugar developments. Mr. Colin M. Jupp, and American representing certain Philippine trade interests, had an interview with the General Secretary of the Queensland Cane Growers' Council, Mr. R. Muir, today.
Mr. Muri said later that Philippine sugar people would be greatly interested in teh technical developments in Queensland's sugar industry. There were also possibilities in teh supply of mill machinery, light railway equipment, barges for handling sugar and agricultural implements.
Mr Muir thought were were distinct possibilities of Australian manufacturers meeting some of these demands in competition with the United States.
|The Sydney Morning Herald 4 February 1950
Social News and Events
THE marriage of Mrs. E. A. Jupp, widow of Mr. Arthur Jupp, of Hawthorn, Melbourne,and Mr. W. G. Haynes, of Merrong, Cumnock, will take place in Melbourne early in April. After a visit to England and the Continent they will make their home in Sydney.
|The Argus (Melbourne) 1 January 1951
GURNEY - JUPP. - Pauline only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Gurney, Coolgardie avenue, East Malvern to Colin only son of Mrs. E. A. Haynes and the late Mr. Arthur S. Jupp of Coppinsgrove, Hawthorn.
|The Argus (Melbourne) 11 May 1956
HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly, after a short illness) Elizabeth Anne, beloved wife of the late William George Haynes, Meriwong, Cumnock, NSW. Lo, I am with you alway.
HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), at Allandale private hospital, Elizabeth Anne, loved and dearest mother of Margaret Anne and Colin Maitland Jupp.
HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), Elizabeth Anne, beloved mother of Arthur and Adria Haynes, dearest grandmother of Margaret, Stewart, Ian and Hugh. Cumnock, NSW. - Abide with Thee.
HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), Elizabeth Anne, dearly beloved eldest daughter of Anne Elizabeth Hiscock, loved sister of Mary (England), Kathleen (Mrs Eagle), Nina (Mrs Richards), Muriel (Mrs McAdam), Frank, and Euncie (Mrs. Hawes).
HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), Elizabeth Anne, dearest friend and sister of Lydie, Will and John Alexander, Darling Point, Sydney.
Colin Jupp died on 25 August 2010.
Died: Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Colin M. Jupp of St. James died at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 25, aged 84. He was born in Hawaii but grew up in Australia and joined the U.S. Army during World War II. A retired engineer, his most recent interests revolved around support for veterans and developing engineering concepts to aid in cleaner use of our natural resources. His affection for his family and friends, tireless interest in current affairs and active mind and imagination will be very much missed. His wife Ann, daughters Margreit and Avril and grandchildren Elise, Andrew and Olivia will always hold him in their hearts.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 pm at the Caroline Church in Setauket. In lieu of flowers the family would like contributions to go to: Good Shepherd Hospice, 245 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747.
There is an A.C. Jupp shown in some records in the National Archives of Australia (NAA) who invented a number of devices between 1943 and 1945 as listed below. Could this be Colin Jupp's father perhaps? Can anyone please confirm:-
Another file in NAA shows An Arthur Colin Maitland Jupp, Nationality American, arriving at Darwin via aircraft on 9 December 1946.
In late November 2019, I received the following information on Colin Jupp from a person who knew him. He indicated that the following were his over 25 year old memories and may not be entirely accurate and/or complete:-
I had just begun working at a start-up, boutique investment bank in NYC in 1992 when I met Colin. The bank’s focus was deal-making in newly opened Russia and its emancipated satellite states. I don’t recall who/how we were introduced, but remember thinking he was glib, respectful, well-balanced, and smart. One could tell he had experienced a lot in life.
Colin was partnered with a man from Virginia, and they believed they had an allocation of Saudi oil and were looking for buyers. My bank had a client with Russian crude and we were trying to figure out how to sell it — crude was our intersection. We spent many hours together and became friends. Colin lived on Long Island and, consequently, he occasionally stayed at our apartment in Manhattan because of late hours. That is how I learned most of the below. I never knew his age but he told stories about WWII; he looked older than he was I suspect.
Bits and pieces I recall:-
- Colin was on that submarine noted in the memo on your website, though I don’t recall the details.
- He somehow ended up, tangentially, on McArthur’s staff — the youngest member, he said.
- His biggest WWII exploit was when he was part of a technical team that extinguished the fires the Japanese started in oil fields as they retreated from Malaysia and/or Burma. Colin said they took P-51 engines, mounted them on pylons attached to flatbed trucks, and blew out the fires. This tactic saved millions of barrels of crude for the war effort and stopped damage to the reservoirs.
- Colin was also a spook. I don’t know which of his occupations were cover or real, but he was called upon several times. He told me was “working” on an archaeological dig in the Persian desert in 1953, executing the coup that deposed Mohammad Mosaddegh and returned the Shaw to power.
- He also spoke of the French government’s knowledge of and intentional failure to interdict Khomeini’s return from Paris to Iran 1979. He was very fluent in the history of the Middle East.
- He was a salesman for Grumman in the 1970s, and was part of a group that sold Iran billions of dollars of Grumman warplanes. In return, Grumman paid very large bribes to the emissaries of the Shaw -- to induce the country to buy Grumman aircraft over other bidders. Other companies from countries did the same thing – the Japanese, Israeli, Korean, etc. – and it was not considered unethical, unfair nor illegal. However, when the light was shined on Grumman’s practices, Congressional hearings ensued which lead to the passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Colin was persecuted for his role in the transactions and left the US to shield himself and his family from the fallout. I think he spent that time in the Middle East. I seem to recall a book that details some of this information, The Arms Bazaar by Sampson.
- Colin spoke some Russian and Arabic, and other languages I’m certain.
- He told me about a patent he held, or worked on. It was device for the first lunar landing. The landing module had no way of knowing about the composition of the surface of the moon. It could be covered in several feet or inches of dust, thus hiding the surface, which would impact the safety of the craft as it landed. He described a device that operated somewhat like a tape measure: a probe that came out the lunar lander that marked the distance to the surface, and retracted as the vehicle got closer to the actual surface.
- Colin noted that he had been called back to duty as part of operation Desert Storm to help gather/garner Gulf States support for the US action against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. I recall the nightmarish scenario where Hossain torched the Kuwaiti oil fields as he retreated — causing the situation to go from bad to worse to bizarre. Living in Houston at the time, we heard the forecasts of the world’s oil field fire fighters being engaged for many years extinguishing the carnage. Colin, an aeronautical engineer by training, suggested the ploy they used in WWII: They mounted jet engines on terrestrial structures and used same to blow out the burning oilfield fires. Red Adair, Boots and Coots, and the other oil field firefighters never got their eternal payday. This action averted an environmental catastrophe, mitigated damage to the reservoirs, and saved millions of barrels of crude for a then-short market.
We lost touch when I moved back to Houston, but I haven’t forgotten this worldly, urbane, and old-school polite, man. I wish I had tried harder to maintain our relationship; Colin was one-of-a-kind.
CAN ANYONE ASSIST WITH
MORE INFORMATION ON COLIN JUPP?
I'd like to thank Kerri Topping who is researching the life of Colin Maitland Jupp.
I'd also like to thank Margreit McInnis, Colin's daughter, for her assistance with this web page.
I'd also like to thank Louis Jurika, Peter Parsons, Edna Binkowski, Fred Baldassare and Chris Schaefer
I'd like to thanks Joanna Ciaglia for her assistance with this web page. Her grandfather's second wife had been engaged to Colin Jupp in about January 1951.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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