Photos

Tarakan Island

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Essex Hill, Tarakan Island, 1945-05-21. Tarakan Airstrip looking north west north, showing the extent of the reconstruction work completed by members of 1st and 8th Airfield Construction Squadrons, RAAF, in the fifteen days since 26th Infantry Brigade captured the area from the Japanese. AWM id no. 108191

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Tarakan, Borneo, 1945-05-13. Reading the "Tarakan Times, Pix" and resting after doing their turn of duty on the Brens on the perimeter. Identified personnel are : Major H. E. Tope (1); Captain N. T. Nicolay (2); Trooper Griffiths (3); Captain C. C. Donnelly (4); Trooper A. H. Bury (5). AWM id no. 089726

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_53

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_54

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Japanese mine. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_55

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_56

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_57

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_58

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_59

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_60

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_61

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_62

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_63


Balikpapan

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At sea, en route to Balikpapan. 22 June 1945. Private A. Brown, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion (2) cutting the hair of Leading Seaman F. E. Galton, Naval Beach Commandos, RAN (1) aboard the landing ship, tank (LST) taking the unit to Balikpapan for the Oboe 2 operation. AWM id no. 110750

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Balikpapan, Borneo. 6 July 1945. Corporal D. D. Scott (1) and Private R. B. Aird (2) members of 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, eating their lunch near a Dutch postbox on the main road. AWM id no. 110957

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Balikpapan, Borneo. 6 july 1945. Members of 2/2 Pioneer Battalion attending mess parade outside the wrecked picture theatre. AWM id no. 110956

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Balikpapan, Borneo. 6 July 1945. Private F. C. Norton, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, displaying a brightly coloured Balinese puppet found in the area. AWM id no. 110709

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Balikpapan, Borneo. 6 July 1945. Private J. Jones, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, operating a brightly coloured Balinese puppet found in the area. AWM id no. 110710

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Balikpapan, Borneo. 7 July 1945. Members of the 7th Division drinking tea at the Salvation Army - Australian Comforts Fund tent at the corner of Vasey Highway and Valley Road. Identified personnel : 2nd from right VX17580 Raymond John McKay (2/2 Pioneer Battalion) (wearing slouch hat and drinking from a condensed milk can), 3rd from right Raymond's mate from Mildura, Victoria (2/2 Pioneer Battalion) (slouch hat in hand). AWM id no. 110962

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1945-08-15. Balikpapan, Borneo. c. 15 August 1945. Building of prisoner of war (POW) enclosures is a task that members of the 7th Division have been waiting for for three and a half years. Members of the 2/2nd Pioneers Battalion who were engaged in building the steel mesh enclosure had lost many men captured by the Japanese in Java in 1942. AWM id no. 018990

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1945-08-15. Balikpapan, Borneo. c. 15 August 1945. Building of prisoner of war (P.O.W.) enclosures is a task that members of the 7th Division have been waiting for for three and a half years. Members of the 2/2nd Pioneers Battalion who were engaged in building the steel mesh enclosure had lost many men captured by the Japanese in Java in 1942. AWM id no. 018991

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Date unknown. Oil refinery at Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards with shows Operation Oboe Two pre invasion naval bombardment, the landing and land fighting. All photos with the id SandB_EDWARDS_X came from this album. The original source of the photos is unknown. Note that the photos are not watermarked as they would be from the Australian War Memorial. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_1

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. H.M.A.S. Kanimbla was used as a L.S.I. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_3

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. H.M.A.S. Kanimbla was used as a L.S.I. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_4

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. The bombardment by capital ships such as cruisers continues prior to the landing. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_2

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. The bombardment by capital ships such as cruisers continues prior to the landing. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_6

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied invasion assault craft ready to go in. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_5

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied landing commences. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_7

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Heading for the beaches. Note the L.S.I. in the background. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_8

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Heading for the beaches. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_10

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Closing in on the beaches. The bombardment has shredded the tree canopy. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_9

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Preparing to beach the landing craft. The bombardment has shredded the tree canopy. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_11

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Ramp down. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_12

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01/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. See below. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_13

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Balikpapan, Borneo. 1945-07-01. Members of 2/14 Infantry Battalion taking part in the Oboe 2 operation, wading through the surf after disembarking from Landing Craft, Infantry 999 (L.C.I.), at Yellow Beach. AWM id no. 110436

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. On the beach. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_14

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Ramp down of a L.C.V.P.. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_15

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Note the two DUKW amphibians in the foreground. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_16

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_17

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Unloading of support vehicles such as Jeeps. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_18

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_19

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. With such a large tidefall, mud was a big problem at low tide. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_20

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Firing of a mortar against enemy positions. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_21

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed buildings in town. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_22

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Spotting for artillery. Note the mouthpiece being used. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_23

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_24

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Heavy artillery in action. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_25

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Sweeping for Japanese land mines. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_26

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Sweeping for Japanese land mines. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_49

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Concealed enemy artillery in a bunker. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_27

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Wounded being evacuated. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_28

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Devastation caused by the naval bombardment. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_29

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Devastation caused by the naval bombardment. Note the water filled crater. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_30

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_31

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Knocked out enemy artillery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_32

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_33

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Elevated view towards the coast. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_34

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Typical terrain away from the coast. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_35

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Enemy artillery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_36

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Devastation caused by the naval bombardment. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_37

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destruction of small enemy shipping in the harbour. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_38

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Devastation caused by the naval bombardment. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_39

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Roads became a mess with invasion heavy vehicle traffic. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_40

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Elevated view of the remains of the town. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_41

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Devastation caused by the naval bombardment. Note the shattered tree trunks. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_42

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Devastation caused by the naval bombardment. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_43

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Enemy coastal artillery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_44

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Elevated view of the destroyed town. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_45

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied PBY Black Cat Catalina long range flying boat. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_46

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Enemy coastal artillery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_47

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied wounded. Note the loaded stretcher. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_48

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_50

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Note the Australian flag and Union Jack in the background. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_51

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. A remarkably intact building in town. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_52

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Where the men went, so did the Salvos. Is it any wonder they were held in such high regard by the troops? Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_53

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Torpedo converted by the Japanese to run down rails to the harbour as a means to attack Allied shipping during an invasion. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_54

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Elevated view of the destroyed oil refinery with possibly a flame throwing tank in the left bottom corner of photo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_55

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Elevated view of the destroyed town. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_64

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_56

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_57

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Severely malnourished local natives. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_58

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Tanks equipped with flame throwers were used to suppress fortified bunkers containing artillery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_59

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. The oil refinery continues to burn. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_60

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_61

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_62

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Balikpapan harbour. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_63

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_65

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Sweeping for mines at the oil refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_66

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_67

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed oil storage tanks at the refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_68

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Fighting continues within the oil refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_69

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_70

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed oil storage tanks at the refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_71

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Elevated view of the oil refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_72

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. A tank moves through the oil refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_73

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Photo made by aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_74

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_75

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Oil refinery damage. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_76

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Oil refinery scene. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_77

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Gutted buildings. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_78

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_79

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Narrow gauge track locomotive. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_80

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Another style of narrow gauge track locomotive. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_81

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. The devastated oil refinery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_82

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Japanese light tank. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_83

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. The invasion beaches. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_84

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_85

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied shipping. The 2/2 Pioneers had an active part in unloading of supplies. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_86

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Airfield. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_87

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_88

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_89

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_90

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed enemy aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_91

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed enemy aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_92

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed enemy aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_93

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed enemy aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_102

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Destroyed enemy aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_103

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Another aerial view of the airfield. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_94

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Knocked out tanks. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_95

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Knocked out tanks. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_97

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Enemy heavy artillery. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_96

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Damaged piers. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_98

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_99

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Allied spotter / reconnaissance light aircraft. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_100

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_101

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_104

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_105

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_106

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_108

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Casualties of war. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_109

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Jeeps went everywhere and did everything. Conversion for use as a stretcher capable field ambulance. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_110

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Infantry with tank support. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_111

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Circa July 1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Infantry with tank support. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_114

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20/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. Approach to an ambush which happened 10/07/1945. The 2/31 Battalion Recce Squadron were involved. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_112

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20/07/1945. Balikpapan, Borneo. The ambush was staged around the logs. Source photo album compiled by S. & B. Edwards. id no. SandB_EDWARDS_113

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Allied landing in Borneo. Albert Dwyer took numerous photos during the Borneo Campaign and wrote comments on the back of many of them. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_1

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_2

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Rear of above photo. Comment : 1/7/45. Balikpapan 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. 2 tanks that we shelled by the gun on another photo at Mangar air strip, a few days after the landing. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_2

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_4

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. Where we landed on the morning of the 1/7/45, you can see how the place was plastered before the landing. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_2

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_6

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Rear of above photo. Comment : The port of Balikpapan, and the oil refinery, it covers a lot of the area, but it is all ruined, as I haven't seen a pipe without holes in it yet, and most of the place is burnt out, as it is with the wharves, they are all wrecked, in fact the damage runs into millions of pounds any way this is the best photo you could get of this place. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_7

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_8

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Rear of above photo. Comment : A Moslem church that got wrecked in the bombing that preceded the landing. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_9

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_10

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. Some of the natives but they are few and far between, as far as looks(?) go. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_11

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Unloading supplies. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_12

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_13

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_14

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_15

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_16

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_17

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_18

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. Censored. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_19

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_20

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. A boat, and a big stern at the left. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_21

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_22

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. Japanese P.O.W.s. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_23

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_24

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Rear of above photo. Comment : 17-11-45. Balikpapan. British L.S.T. same as the Yanks, which we were on for our two landings in Borneo. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_25

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_26

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. The Harbour, where I will be working all this week unloading a boat at the wharf, in the centre. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_27

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_28

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. The Mosque Moslem church. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_29

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_30

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. Same tanks as the others, from a different angle. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_31

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_32

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. Wrecked oil tanks. Like a sieve. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_33

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_34

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. A few of the boongs. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_35

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_36

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Balikpapan. 17-11-45. Japanese shrine. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_37

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Japanese P.O.W.s. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_40

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Allied fighter plane. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_45

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Allied B24 Liberator bomber. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_46

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Allied fighter plane. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_47

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Allied B29 long range heavy bomber with DC3 Allied transport plane in left background. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_48

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_50

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Rear of above photo. Comment : Japanese doing P.T. in the compound when they first arrived. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_51

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Allied submarine. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_52

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_64

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_65

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_66

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_67

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_68

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_69

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_70

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_71

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Front of photo below. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_72

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Rear of above photo. Comment : 20-9-45. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_73

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_74

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_75

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_76


Morotai Island

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Circa post August 1943. C? Company commanders, Daeo, Morotai. Identified personnel : left to right Lieutenant Jimmy Drummond 15 Platoon, Lieutenant A. J. Olson 14 Platoon, Acting Company Commander Lieutenant Ray Harris and Lieutenant Arthur Pearson 13 Platoon. id no. A_OLSEN_1

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. Group portrait of No. 8 Platoon, A Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 090591

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 10 Platoon, B Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: NX168277 Private (Pte) S. R. Mills; VX93636 Pte C. W. Gilbert; NX94561 Pte J. E. Brown; VX72875 Pte J. McPhee; NX202243 Pte R. M. Williams; VX70806 Pte J. McNaughton; QX33215 Pte H. Sleep; VX91547 Pte K. C. Hemingway. Middle row: QX33217 Pte F. J. E. Sleep; NX203785 Pte G. C. Davis; VX70629 Pte J. Shortis; VX71074 Pte J. T. Jones; VX73868 Pte A. M. Robertson; NX93038 Pte A. R. Smith; VX74149 Pte J. Jeffery; VX70536 Pte J. B. Robertshaw. Front row: WX16803 Pte W. J. Woodcock; WX17587 Pte T. S. Mullan; NX104612 Pte J. H. Barrett; VX70658 Corporal J. F. Cotter; VX74356 Pte W. P. O'Brien; NX192602 Pte J. T. O'Neill; VX70403 Pte J. L. Schultz. AWM id no. 090600

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 11 Platoon, B Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: Private (Pte) Stephenson; Pte Rae; Pte Powell; Corporal (Cpl) Maud; Pte Cook; Lieutenant Emes; Pte Speering; Pte Stokes; Pte Clarebrough; Pte Graham; Pte Doherty. Middle row: Pte Bleazby; Pte McManus; Pte Jackson; Pte N. Martin; Pte Schneider; Pte Noonan; Cpl Stevenson; Pte Pidd; Pte Tregenza; Captain (Cappie) Radford. Front row: Pte Keefe; Pte Foley; Pte Wiseman; Pte Beebar; Pte Reeves. AWM id no. 090599

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 12 Platoon, B Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: Private (Pte) T. J. Madden; Pte A. R. Robinson; Pte R. Waldron; Pte C. R. McWaters; Lance Corporal R. H. Koch; Pte J. Brown; Pte J. R. Day; Pte F. O. Carle; Pte H. T. Chapman; Pte A. D. Sinclair. Middle row: Pte D. J. Moloney; Corporal C. H. Lucas (since killed in action); Pte R. Bracken (since killed in action); Pte N. W. McLeod; Pte B. L. Cooper; Pte K. Hodgekiss; Pte T. E. Haveckin; Pte W. L. Reidy; Pte K. A. Symonds; unidentified. Front row: Pte L. F. Pattinson; Pte J. S. Bartsh; Pte S. Knox; Sgt G. R. Colcott; Pte T. A. Knowles; Pte D. J. Jones; Pte J. Kenny; Pte B. T. Scott; Pte C. F. Koch. AWM id no. 090598

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 13 Platoon, C Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. View enlarged photo. Left to right, back row: unidentified; Corporal (Cpl) Wheeler; Pte Phillips; Cpl Milford; Pte J. Allen; Pte Nolan; Pte Griffey; Pte McCurdie; Sergeant Baird; Pte Ruge; Pte Williams; Pte Maunder; Cpl White; Pte Gatehouse (AWM have identified as Pte McGregor); Pte Martin. Front row: Private (Pte) Mumford; Pte W. Lake; Pte E. R. Thomas; Pte K. Lake; Pte Nelson; Pte F. Thomas; Pte Foley; Pte Taylor; Pte Lane; Pte Ryan; Pte Doe; Pte Watson. AWM id no. 090594

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 14 Platoon, C Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: Corporal (Cpl) Vincent; Private (Pte) Lockyer; Pte Sullivan; Pte Fairbairn; Pte Todd; Pte Carr. Middle row: Pte McSweeney; Pte Daw; Pte Dickinson; Lieutenant Olson; Pte Wood; Pte Barry; Pte Foord; Pte Read; Cpl Bateman; Pte Cartwright; Pte Dalla. Front row: Pte Lunn; Pte Eyre; Pte Donovan; Pte Wilkinson; Pte Williams; Pte Mayne; Pte Williams; Pte Jones. AWM id no. 090595

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 15 Platoon, C Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: Private (Pte) Powell; Pte Burton; Corporal (Cpl) Stanmore; Pte Thompson; Pte Grose; Lieutenant Drummond; Pte Walker; Pte Brown; Pte Stitiford; Sergeant Elphick; Lance Corporal Wilson; Pte Egan. Front row: Pte McTaggart; Pte Bobbin; Pte Bush; Cpl Weston; Pte Grose; Pte Matthews; Pte Monks; Pte Smith; Pte Tuckwell. AWM id no. 090596

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 16 Platoon D Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: WX33581 Private (Pte) J. Ure; WX399 Lieutenant C. G. S. Hosking; WX25008 Pte L. A. Preedy; NX88587 Pte S. W. Booth; NX88369 Pte W. L. Barnes; WX17621 Pte C. A. Campbell; NX88317 Pte G. Gordon; SX30678 Pte D. E. Noakes. Middle row: NX87568 Lance Corporal N. F. O'Connor; NX174302 Pte N. J. Went; VX122527 Pte N. Bunge; NX201005 Pte C. A. Snudden; NX167310 Pte C. J. Miller; SX30690 Pte F. S. Caulfield; SX30728 Pte T. R. Murphy; NX175789 Pte H. G. Baldwin. Front row: VX72590 Pte F. J. Maher; NX87411 Pte A. Brown; QX24876 Pte R. C. Bollinger; SX16068 Pte C. E. Denton; Captain (Cappie) Radford; WX16531 Pte J. G. McNess; NX168546 Pte F. G. Bellingham; VX74771 Pte J. Byrne; NX87340 Corporal F. P. Bradley. AWM id no. 090601

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 17 Platoon, D Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Troops at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: WX22401 Private (Pte) P. T. Barry; VX53684 Sergeant E. Jones; NX87423 Corporal (Cpl) W. A. McLean; NX88567 Cpl G. M. McDonald; NX88372 Pte F. Ball; VX146510 Pte V. A. Landy; VX133923 Pte R. L. Hodgson; VX145793 Pte F. Snackenberg; NX168907 Pte R. G. Dawson. Middle row: NX88387 Pte J. S. Henderson; NX200937 Pte C. A. McDonald; SX37158 Pte L. A. Norman; NX88649 Pte L. S. Hope; NX88081 Pte J. Colville; SX17944 Pte H. E. Schulz; SX31935 Pte J. T. Robertson; NX88550 Lance Corporal E. J. McCourt; NX88569 Pte G. L. Causley. Front row: NX88366 Pte R. J. McGregor; NX178215 Pte W. E. Hanshaw; NX78958 Pte R. W. Harrison; NX96400 Pte H. J. McGregor; Captain (Cappie) Radford; NX88588 Pte E. R. Hanshaw; VX79413 Pte L. J. Northby; NX88320 Pte M. J. Elliott; VX74320 Pte D. R. Fisk; NX81159 Pte F. C. Cheal. AWM id no. 090602

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. No. 18 Platoon, D Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops at their temporary camp site about one and a quarter miles west of Daeo. Left to right, back row: NX88282 Private (Pte) G. W. Tomlinson; NX88430 Lance Corporal J. P. Crouch; NX81586 Pte J. McKnight; QX51235 Pte F. J. Gallagher; NX88303 Pte B. L. Daly; NX88308 Pte J. B. Allen; VX75579 Pte J. C. Hildebrand; VX93077 Pte F. A. Lovelock; NX79545 Pte H. S. Neasbey; VX77004 Pte M. M. Robb; NX87693 Pte H. C. Martin; NX88279 Pte C. B. Henry. Middle row: NX88364 Pte R. P. Ginnane; VX131266 Pte A. J. Eddy; NX100688 Pte A. Miller; VX71586 Pte A. Moon; NX87399 Pte B. K. Metcalf; NX88361 Pte T. R. Bye; VX141185 Pte R. W. Bennett; NX202462 Pte K. T. McGowen. Front row: NX87704 Pte M. W. Dickens; NX87562 Sergeant K. N. Raward; Captain (Cappie) Radford; VX88332 Lieutenant M. W. Armstrong; NX88445 Corporal R. Molyneux; NX87479 Pte W. Norris; WX18313 Pte F. J. Newton; SX19987 Pte J. L. Lahiff. AWM id no. 090603

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Morotai Island. 13 April 1945. Members of A Company Headquarters, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. Back row, two men are unidentified; Private (Pte) C. D. Hall; Corporal (Cpl) M. Carroll; Pte McCusker; Pte Svenson. Left to right, front row: Cpl Stratton; Captain (Capt) Keller; Capt McKewan; Sergeant Bardsley; Lance Corporal James; Pte K. O. Jones. AWM id no. 090593

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Morotai. 1945-06-22. Various units of 7 division assembled at embarkation areas for loading on ships forming the convoy for the Oboe 2 operation. Members of 9 Platoon, A company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, who have been working as a loading party while waiting to embark, resting at Red Beach. Left to right: VX91160 Private (Pte) A. H. Mckenzie (1); VX75571 Pte P. D. Kirby (2); VX73086 Pte R. J. Joiner (3); VX73588 Pte S. T. Loft (4); VX72490 Pte J. M. Stevens (5); NX201873 Pte L. J. Cann (6); NX177613 Pte H. J. Sheridan (7); VX80391 Pte T. B. Green (8); VX54518 Corporal L. W. Dowrick (9); VX72433 Pte C. T. Davis (10); VX103005 Pte A. F. Kohlman (11). AWM id no. 109879

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Morotai Island. 22 June 1945. Various units of 7 Division assembled at embarkation areas for loading on ships forming the convoy for the Oboe 2 operation. Shown, members of 9 Platoon, A company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, who have been working as a loading party while waiting to embark, resting at Red Beach. (For identification caption or name index). AWM id no. 109880

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Daeo, Morotai. April 1945. Battalion Headquarters, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion personnel, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel C. E. Davis. Back row, left to right: NX87624 Private (Pte) A. E. Mitchell; VX74945 Sergeant (Sgt) J. Phillips; NX176668 Pte L. W. G. Shaw; WX22846 Pte F. Drake-Brockman; VX140757 Pte I. C. Balmain; WX16128 Corporal (Cpl) J. Hunter; QX46508 E. Lackey; VX144725 Cpl H. Stephens; NX39427 Pte F. D. Cross; VX70625 Pte N. A. Robinson; NX87747 Pte G. Gibson; VX117857 Pte L. F. Butler; VX112314 Pte F. Rees; unidentified; VX73589 Cpl R. Beasley. Middle row: VX91496 Pte R. G. Hunter; NX81661 Pte C. McCrae; NX202397 Pte W. Young; NX87621 Pte J. Tolley; NX85767 Pte M. Whiting; NX113540 Pte McDonagh; SX16749 Warrant Officer Class 1 S. Wellington; VX89575 Pte R. L. Wilkins; TX9067 Pte J. E. Lyons; NX157828 Pte J. A. Quoyle; NX168092 Pte P. Nicoll. Front row: NX92381 Sgt H. Gregory; S31746 Sgt Meier; VX112315 Sgt H. Eastwood; NX178711 Pte D. J. Crawford; NX200392 Padre W. J. Steele; NX32102 Captain (Capt) H. S. Huggard; VX80921 Lieutenant Colonel C. E. Davis; WX35616 Lieutenant H. C. Lyford; Capt (Cappie) Radford; VX72831 Pte J. R. Allan; NX119872 Sgt J. Muir. AWM id no. 090611

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L.S.T.s being unloaded. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_41

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DC3 Allied transport plane. Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_42

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_43

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Photo courtesy of G. Dwyer (daughter of VX107588 A. D. Dwyer). id no. G_DWYER_44


Miscellaneous

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Morotai. 1945-04-13. Men of B Company, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, preparing fishing net and boat made of three Jettisoned Fighter Aircraft Belly tanks, for a day's fishing near their Sabatai River Camp. Identified personnel are: VX71349 Private F. D. A. Paterson (or possibly Pte L. Manski); VX72070 Private A. E. Crankshaw (2); VX69603 Warrant Officer Class 2 T. B. Smith (3); QX47480 Private L. Manski (4); VX16389 Lieutenant F. J. Bolitho (5); NX175895 Private E. A. Lee (6); NX169997 Private J. W. Carpenter (7); VX73368 Private G. A. N. Lofthouse (8). AWM id no. 090697

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Morotai Island. 1945-04-13. The fishing boat used by members of B company, 2/2/ Pioneer Battalion. It is made from three fighter aircraft belly tanks and the average daily catch is about 200lbs. On this trip sufficient kingfish were caught to feed 400 troops. AWM id no. 090698

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Daeo, Morotai Island. April 1945. The native cemetery outside Daeo which the Japanese raided late in March. Bodies were dug up and stripped of clothing and cloth wrappings. A party of 2/2 Pioneer Battalion and visiting personnel are examining the graves. AWM id no. 090615

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Morotai Island. 1945-04-13. Troops of 2/2 Pioneer Battalion lining up for coffee and biscuits from Captain Radford, Salvation Army representative, 2 Beach Group (1), popularly known to the men as "Cappie". AWM id no. 090583

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Daeo, Morotai Island. April 1945. Captain Radford, Salvation Army representative, taking to beach tracks in his Marmon Herrington van during visits to outlying units such as 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 090613

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Daeo, Morotai Island. April 1945. Captain Radford, Salvation Army representative (1), and Lieutenant K. Knight, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion (2), talking to natives working on coconuts near Daeo, a native village under Netherland Indies Civil Administration which provides shelter for some hundreds of native refugees from Halmahera. AWM id no. 090614

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White ensign presented to Captain C B W Radford, Salvation Army, by Royal Australian Navy Commando Beach Group B. Maker: Unknown. Object type: Flag. Place made: Australia (Country of origin). Date made: c 1944-1945. Physical description: Wool; Canvas; Hemp; Brass; White ensign was originally flown by Second Beach Group, Royal Australian Navy Commando 'B' at Tarakan in May 1945. The lower left canton is inscribed 'TO CAPPY from R.A.N. COMMANDO 'B' In APPRECIATION'. Underneath are three lists of printed names in the format of a single initial and surname. The first is headed by the Group's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander B J B Morris, and lists five lieutenants and the Bosun, Mr Paine. The second lists fourteen sub-lieutenants, and the third lists thirteen petty officers. To one side under 'KILLED IN ACTION' are the names of the two seamen killed on Red Beach during the Tarakan landings, on 2 May 1945, 'J.BRADY' [Able Seaman Telegraphist John Richard Brady] and 'W.RYAN' [Able Seaman Telegraphist William Francis Ryan]. Both cantons on the ensign's fly are covered with the printed names of the ratings attached to the Beach Group as well as a number of attached army personnel from 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, 2/108 General Transport Company and military police, approximately 150 names. Although the names are not autographed signatures each man did print his name in the format decided by the commanding officer. Summary: B3/211 Captain Clifford Bernard W 'Cappy' Radford, a Salvation Army lay member, accompanied Australian troops to Balikpapan and Tarakan in 1945 as a Red Shield representative. He had previously served in New Guinea. His Cafe de Balik in Balikpapan, dispensing tea, coffee and comradeship, was a well-known land mark. He was renowned for his practical Christianity and often accompanied 'his boys' on patrol. Radford was wounded in the back at Tarakan when a group of local inhabitants accidentally pulled the pin on a grenade they were playing with. He was invalided back to Australia and the commanding officer of 2nd Beach Group, Royal Australian Navy Commandos, Lieutenant Commander B. J. B. Morris, had every man in the group sign the unit's White Ensign before sending it to Cappy. Radford was Mentioned in Despatches for his 'exceptional service in the field'. The Tarakan landing was the first operation undertaken by an RAN Beach Commando Group. Beach Group 'B' was was divided into parties at Red, Green and Yellow beaches at Tarakan and Blue Beach at Sadau Island, a signal section and boat repair and recovery section. The parties landed with the first wave of each forward battalion, carried out reconnaissance, marked beaches, maintained signal communications, organised the unloading of craft, salvaged craft and generally controlled all work on the beaches. Until 17 May they also controlled all port direction work. AWM id no. REL/14315