Camp Warwick (or Warwick Farm) was used by the American troops during WWII as a staging area. Leon Sanger's father was at Camp Warwick from 6 July until 7 August 1943, when he shipped out on the Dutch troop ship "Cremer" for Port Moresby making a four day stop at Townsville (where he could not depart the ship).

The 227th Anti-aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion arrived in Sydney on 21 November 1943 on board the USS Mt. Vernon and moved to Camp Warwick (Warwick Farm) to await further orders. The Battalion left Camp Warwick by train on 8 December 1943 headed for Townsville in north Queensland.

The 166th AAA Gun Battalion travelled to Australia on the USS West Point, a converted luxury liner. They arrived in Sydney, New South Wales and camped at Camp Warwick from 11 October 1943 until 8 November 1943.

The unit left Sydney headed for Townsville on about 8 November 1943. They camped overnight at Camp Ascot in Brisbane on their way to Townsville.

T/Sgt Dooley of the 166th AAA Gun Battalion stated in his diary:-

Traveled on U.S.S West Point to Sydney, Australia. Arrived at Sydney October 10, 1943. Spent about one month visiting Sydney and having a swell time. Beer, Rum and women. Traveled on train to Townsville and had a nice trip. Spent one night at Camp Ascot, Brisbane. Went to a show in Townsville two or three times. All in all I enjoyed my stay in Australia.

The 4th Engineer Amphibian Brigade arrived in Sydney on the USS West Point on 12 May 1944. 



I'd like to thank Leon Sanger in the Ozark Hills of southwest Missouri, USA for his assistance with this home page.

I'd also like to thank Jim Dooley for his assistance with this home page. Jim's father was a T/Sgt in the 166th AAA Gun Battalion.


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