The CIA report of 1948 says that Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash

Also, a report of the early 1950s prepared on India's Communist parties and trade unions and effects on people had information about Netaji's death.

The CIA report of 1948 says that Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash

For many years, Indians have been baffling with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death in 1945 but new reports suggest that CIA had confidential information as far back as 1948 that he was no more.

A report by the intelligence agency on Forward Block, dated September 10, 1948, say that CIA believed that Bose died in the crash of Japanese military aircraft. The report is part of 9,30000 declassified documents posted on CIA's website.


“The Forward Bloc, which first emerged under the leadership of Subhas Chandra Bose, was continued after Subhas’ death by his brother, Sarat Chandra Bose,” the secret document stated.

Also, a report of the early 1950s, prepared on India's Communist parties and trade unions and it's effects on people had information about Netaji's death. It also features Bose's exile in Germany and his raising of Indian National Army with Indian soldiers captured by the Japanese and other Indians in Southeast Asia.

“Bose died in an airplane crash in Indochina in the fall of 1945 but the British brought a number of the INA officers to trial,” the latter report said.

A CIA report, dating back to 1940s titled “Study on German intelligence activities in the Near East and related areas prior to and during World War II” had this to say about Netaji:  “He was vain, always sought the spotlight on the political scene, and was characterized as an opportunist and oppositionist.”

An OSS note from July 1943, said something else: “The Nazis are well aware that the Indian people have no national patriotism, but they hope, just the same, that Chandra Bose will be able to embarrass the British.”

Japanese Government's 1956 investigation report came to conclude that Bose died of injuries sustained in an air crash at Taipei on August 18, 1945, days before Japan formally surrendered in World War 2. The report also said that he was cremated at the Taipei Municipal crematorium on August 22.

According to Hindustan Times, Bose's Germany-based daughter Anita Pfaff said that she was annoyed with many people believing "asinine" theories that he was alive. She also demanded that India should bring back the ashes from Tokyo.

Last year, the Indian government started declassifying documents related to Bose after his families raised questions about it. However, many of his family still go by the belief that he survived the crash and lived incognito India for several years.