with natives from the exact locality where we hoped to find "Komet" & success of the expedition is very largely due to his discrimination.
Supplement to par: 3 Since capture of "Komet" Mr Whiteman has acted as Paymaster of "Komet" & also as Native Intelligence Officer. Important information re Enemy's merchant cruisers is in "Komets" log & Colonel Paton with assistance of Mr Whitemen has collected such information.
Mr Whiteman has also made a complete list of stores onboard "Komet" & his business knowledge has saved me an immense amount of trouble, my time being fully occupied in navigating the two vessels under my command.
Lt: Colonel Paton has taken charge of prisoners; two of "Komets" officers were not onboard "Komet", but Lt: Colonel Paton has taken steps to secure them.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient Servant,
[Sgd] J M Jackson.
Lt: Commander R.N.
Commanding H.M.A.S. "Komet" and H.M.A.S. "Nusa"