Subject:   Japanese Landings in Australia
Date:           Tue, 22 Aug 2000 21:22:53 +1000
From:          Neil Hawkins <Neil.Hawkins@ReTechGlobal.com>

Thought you might like to flesh out this story a bit.

The book "Curtins Cowboys" by Richard and Helen Walker, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1986, ISBN 0 04 520008 4, has a detailed description of the Japanese Landings in the Gulf Country.

Starting on p64, they describe how the information came in from the Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC) to the NAAOU Headquarters at 1218 on the 11th of April 1943. There were sightings around the area, the 6th, 11th and again on the 13th. The Nackeroos, investigated but found no proof of landings, there are a number of explanations offered but all are supposition.

I have the book and if your interested could write a brief article on the story for you to post.

I came across your site whilst researching the hand-to-hand fighting methods taught to Australians during WWII, I am still seeking info if you have anything that might interest me. Primarily who was teaching, what they taught and how it evolved.


Neil Hawkins



Subject:    Japanese Landings in Australia
Date:             Fri, 25 Aug 2000 09:22:16 +1000
From:           Neil Hawkins <Neil.Hawkins@ReTechGlobal.com>


I only just picked up the book again after reading your site, it's sat on my shelf for nearly 10 years since I last read it. I can't remember any references to Japanese airstrips in the Kimberley. I would find it hard to believe there were any, as there were many people up there on the look out for such things. Truscott Airfield, Kalumbaru Mission and the variety of stations and cattle properties were continuously on the lookout, and both the Volunteer Defence Corps (almost every man, woman and child North of the tropic of Capricorn) and the Nackeroos (Northern Australian Army Observer unit - NAAOU) were up there as well. Surprisingly little went on up there that wasn't known or heard about. Still isn't for that matter! (I served with Norforce for a number of years and the Kimberley's was my backyard).

I'll put together a piece for you to look at, I have a couple of books on the Northern Australian War, do you have much on Truscott? I used to have photo's but don't know where they went, I do have some history on it somewhere done by Hugh Edwards, I think, if you're interested I'll try and find it. Seeing as how you're so close to me (I used to live off Warrigal Road in Runcorn) you could look through some of my books and see if there's anything that interests you.


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