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On This Day - 1945
- October 9, 1945
Chief Stoker Percy Collins became the first Australian to be awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal. He was awarded the DSM for service in HMAS NAPIER off Crete in 1941, and the Bar for service in HMAS STRAHAN in the Pacific in 1945.
- October 3, 1945
HMAS Gympie, in company with HMA Ships Moresby, Hawkesbury (I), Katoomba and Gladstone, were present at Koepang in Portuguese Timor for the surrender of the 48th Japanese Division. A naval detachment, formed from all the ships, was landed for the occasion
- October 1, 1945
The Japanese surrender of Ocean Island was signed on board HMAS DIAMANTINA. The RN was represented by the motor launch HMS KIA KIA.
- September 30, 1945
Japanese forces on Ocean Island surrendered to HMAS DIAMANTINA, (River class frigate).
- September 27, 1945
The British Navies laid 260,000 mines in WWII, which sank or damaged 1588 enemy vessels. The Axis laid 225,000 mines which claimed 1117 victims.