DID GERMAN COMMANDOES LAND
AT YONDAIO, NSW
Graeme Steinbeck passed on this intriguing newspaper article to me:-
Was it German Commandoes or a landing party from a German ship or was it connected to reports of Japanese reserve rations being found on nearby Redhead Beach and the possible presence in vicinity of Redhead of a small party of Japanese. Did the Japanese use German machine guns? Or was it a landing party from the rogue German U Boat, U-862, captained by Korvetten Kapitan Heinrich Timm that operated in Australian waters during WWII?
Another person called Rod told that a friend he had worked with called Eddie (who died in about 2002) said that he found a boat in the bush near Catherine Hill Bay. The boat had deteriorated and was falling apart when they found it. It contained a machine gun. They hid the machine gun. Later on someone stole the machine gun from where they had hidden it. Catherine Hill Bay is about 30km south of Newcastle on the coast. 208 Radar Station, Swansea (RAAF) is located near Catherine Hill Bay.
Redhead Beach and 208 Radar Station are about 10 miles apart. Yandaio is apparently located about half a mile north of Catherine Hill Bay.
I'd like to thank Geoff Russell, Graeme Steinbeck and Dan Mills for their assistance with this web page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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