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On This Day - 1943
- November 9, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS BOWFIN, (submarine), sank four Japanese cargo schooners with gunfire, near Macassar Strait.
- November 6, 1943
Coastwatchers CAPT C. W. Seton, RAN, and LEUT A. N. A. Waddell, RAN, of M-Special Unit, met US Marines on the beach at Choiseul, Solomon Islands, and guided them in an assault on Japanese positions.
- November 2, 1943
LEUT J.Plunkett-Cole, RAN, assumed command of HMAS NEPAL, (destroyer). Plunkett-Cole was the only RAN officer to command all four N class destroyers in the Australian Squadron.
- October 25, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS GUARDFISH, (submarine), landed a party of Coastwatchers on Bougainville.
- October 22, 1943
HMAS KURU, (auxiliary patrol vessel), which played an important role in supplying the Australian Commandos operating in occupied Timor, was paid off. The vessel later sank at her moorings in Darwin Harbour, and was abandoned.
- October 21, 1943
Coastwatcher SBLT Rev W. G. G. Wiedemann, RANVR, enlisted direct into the service from his Victorian parish, to provide on-the-spot information for the planned Allied landing at Cape Gloucester. Wiedemann wrote: ‘I was in the Parish of Kilmore, VIC, and they wanted anyone who had been on Cape Gloucester. They could not find anyone, so the Sixth Army got in touch with me, and we did a terrain study in Melbourne. Then, the next thing they wanted was for me to join up with the Marines as a civilian. Just as they were getting that through, they decided it would be better if I went up with the Marines as a combatant, and it was necessary for me to have a commission to move among the big fellows, generals, etc., so they thought of the Navy. They got busy and got things moving, so that I was able to commission, and was attached to HMAS LONSDALE for convenience sake. That was going on when we sailed on 26 September, 1943. I was brought into the RAN on 21 October, 1943’.
- October 20, 1943
The Fremantle-based US Ships KINGFISH and CABRILLA, (submarines), were deployed on missions in Philippine waters. KINGFISH landed British Coastwatchers and their equipment in Borneo, laid a minefield off the Celebes, and sank the Japanese transport SANA MARU in the South China Sea. CABRILLA evacuated resistance agents from Negros Island.
- October 19, 1943
The commando ship KRAIT arrived back at Exmouth Gulf, WA, after the raid on Singapore, (Operation Jaywick).
- October 11, 1943
LEUT H. E. Carse. RANVR, recorded in KRAIT’s log that on the passage through Lombok Strait, after the successful commando raid on Singapore Harbour, (Operation Jaywick), a modern Japanese destroyer approached to within 100 yards of KRAIT, during darkness. The destroyer did not use a searchlight, and after 5 minutes she sheered off, and went directly away from KRAIT.
- October 10, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS BONEFISH, (submarine), sank the Japanese troop ship TEIBI MARU, in the South China Sea. On the same patrol BONEFISH torpedoed and sank the transport ISUCAGAWA MARU.