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BELOW ARE MORE PHOTOS RELATING TO THE LANDING OF THE 37nd./52nd. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION WITH AASC SUPPORT ON KARKAR ISLAND, NEW GUINEA, MAY-JUNE 1944. REFERENCE PAGE 7 - MEMORIES OF FRANK E. McKELLAR VX104196  3rd. DIVISION AASC.

This is an excerpt from Frank McKellar’s Memories reference PAGE 7

“From Bogadjim we went to Madang and we were camped there for some time.  One morning I was sent along with one of our Sergeants to Brigade Headquarters. When we got there I think about all the units of the brigade were represented.  We were told the following morning we were to take part in an assault on Karkar Island which was not very far from Madang.

I had been on similar exercises before but never when there were cameras flashing, however I didn’t take too much notice of this as I was more interested as to what I had to do. They had a plan of the Island made out of sand and all units were told what their part was. (As a matter of fact I had a photo of this meeting).  There were about 2000 Japs on the Island that had to be cleared out.

Next morning about 20 of our platoon loaded up a landing barge with supplies and joined a convoy of other landing craft to Karkar Island-naturally we were all on tender hooks as we neared the island not knowing what to expect.

First thing we did see on landing was a photographer taking our photo as we came off the barge-fortunately no opposition was evident.”

[Some of these photos are show below.]

ABOVE PHOTO DETAILS: STARTING AT TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:

073688

SARANG HARBOUR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-01. QX6239 MAJOR E G GREEN, OFFICER COMMANDING B COMPANY, 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION (18), USES A SAND MODEL TO OUTLINE TO HIS OFFICERS, NCOS AND MEN THE METHOD OF ATTACK AGAINST KARKAR ISLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- V142217 PRIVATE L J WALKER (1); VX137923 PRIVATE R J COMB (2); VX139784 PRIVATE G I A JONES (3); V128246 PRIVATE L F ALFORD (4); VX71958 PRIVATE B WHITE (5); V270964 PRIVATE H S SMITH (6); NX150854 PRIVATE N T CALLAUGHAN (7); PRIVATE N C BURNS (8); VX144263 PRIVATE L J LONGSTAFF (9); VX137577 PRIVATE L G HUNTER (10); V128229 PRIVATE B T O'CALLAGHAN (11); V128048 PRIVATE N C NILSSON (12); V128024 PRIVATE B N THOMPSON (13); VX118716 PRIVATE J J DEELY (14); V246317 PRIVATE E M BLUME (15); VX144106 PRIVATE J R O'MEARA (16); VX132302 PRIVATE W H WRIGHT (17); VX144826 PRIVATE B A GATTY (19); VX147050 PRIVATE W E NORMAN (20); V270312 PRIVATE D L WARNE (21); V280686 PRIVATE W F SHERER (22); V270423 PRIVATE A J SIMPKINS (23); QX1889 PRIVATE N N HANSEN (24); VX115995 CORPORAL C H BERRD (25); VX147051 PRIVATE H J A GRAHAME (26); V280544 PRIVATE W A RUSSELL (27); VX144105 PRIVATE W E STUBINGTON (28); VX118725 PRIVATE J T SUCKLING (29); VX118714 CORPORAL W C BRAUER (30); VX131842 PRIVATE G W CARTER (31); V280674 PRIVATE L REID (32); V281079 PRIVATE E J CHADDERTON (33); VX71577 PRIVATE J E MCCULLY (34); VX143907 PRIVATE R J NEWMAN (35); V129059 PRIVATE E E JARMAN (39); VX132179 PRIVATE A R PARSONS (40); VX71515 PRIVATE E L RUSSELL (41); V129159 PRIVATE R E PEARCE (43); V265253 PRIVATE A CAMPBELL (44); VX144290 SERGEANT R C SEGGIE (45); VX109272 PRIVATE E W PEATEY (51); V275407 PRIVATE J HORTON (52); VX71672 PRIVATE A E BARTLETT (53); VX141589 SERGEANT E V HOLT (54); NX150855 PRIVATE N T BOOBY (55).

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REFER PHOTO 073688 TAKEN SAME TIME AND PLACE.   LT. FRANK McKELLAR SITTING FAR END OF  RIGHT HAND SITTING ROW , WITH HAND ON HIS CHIN AND WEARING HIS SLOUCH HAT.

073689

QX6239 MAJOR E. G. GREEN, OFFICER COMMANDING B COMPANY, 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION, USES A SAND MODEL TO OUTLINE TO HIS OFFICERS, NCOS AND MEN THE METHOD OF ATTACK AGAINST KARKAR ISLAND.

073679

SARANG HARBOUR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS AND STORES OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION UNLOADING FROM AMERICAN LANDING BARGES. THE AREA WAS USED AS A FORWARD BASE IN PREPARATIONS FOR THE BEACH LANDING ON KARKAR ISLAND.

073680

SARANG HARBOUR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS AND STORES OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION UNLOADING FROM AN AMERICAN LANDING BARGE. THE AREA WAS USED AS A FORWARD BASE DURING PREPARATIONS FOR THE BEACH LANDING ON KARKAR ISLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX155216 PRIVATE J.E. MEPHAM (3); VX122013 PRIVATE K. O'CONNOR (4).

073681

SARANG HARBOUR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS AND STORES OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION UNLOADING FROM AN AMERICAN LANDING BARGE. THE AREA WAS USED AS A FORWARD BASE DURING PREPARATIONS FOR THE BEACH LANDING ON KARKAR ISLAND.

073682

SARANG HARBOUR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS AND STORES OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION UNLOADING FROM AN AMERICAN LANDING BARGE. THE AREA WAS USED AS A FORWARD BASE DURING PREPARATIONS FOR THE BEACH LANDING ON KARKAR ISLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX109408 PRIVATE J.J. MCDONNELL (2); VX104196 Lt. F.E. MC KELLAR

073711

SARANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS AND STORES OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION BEING LANDED FROM AMERICAN LANDING BARGES. THE AREA IS USED AS A FORWARD BASE DURING THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST KARKAR ISLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX144263 PRIVATE L.J. LONGSTAFF (1); VX132305 PRIVATE W.H. WRIGHT (2); VX109294 PRIVATE G. TAIT (3); VX101971 LIEUTENANT E.A. WITHINGTON (4); VX27291 LIEUTENANT L.T. GRIFFIN (5); VX109408 PRIVATE J.J. MCDONNELL (6); 3345305 PRIVATE THOMAS C. DEMPSEY, UNITED STATES ARMY (7); 31293027 PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JAME J. WOODCOCK, UNITED STATES ARMY (8); 33758491 T/5 MICHAEL HOVRALUCK, UNITED STATES ARMY (9); 35310148 T/4 GLENN SALADIN, UNITED STATES ARMY (10); 38189478 PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CLARENCE PAULSON (11).

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NEW GUINEA. 15 JUNE 1944. AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WHO OCCUPIED KARKAR ISLAND OFF THE NORTH COAST, UNLOADING STORES OFF BARGES PREPARATORY TO THEIR OCCUPATION OF THE ISLAND, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 40 MILES TO THE NORTH OF MADANG. IDENTIFIED PERSONAL ARE: VX104196 Lt. F.E. MC KELLAR [1]

073777

KARKAR ISLAND, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-02. MEMBERS OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION OPEN CASES TO ASSIST THE DISTRIBUTION OF RATIONS. THE DISTRIBUTION IS BEING ARRANGED BY NO.4 PLATOON, DETAIL ISSUE DEPOT. THE STORES ARE DELIVERED TO THE ISLAND BY AMERICAN BARGES. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX132304 PRIVATE H.T.W. WOODS (1); VX112387 SERGEANT T.J. NEYLAN (2); VX144996 SERGEANT R.E. ROBERTSON (4); VX118722 SERGEANT M.C. ROUSCH (6); VX109154 STAFF-SERGEANT F.N. ARMSTRONG (8); VX109162 STAFF-SERGEANT A.G. BLOCK (9); VX109229 PRIVATE P.P LAWS (10). [The numbers were hard to read. There appears to be one person un-numbered between 5 & 6. I have inserted a ?]  [Researcher: Bruce McCullough]

073776

KARKAR ISLAND, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-02. MEMBERS OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION OPEN CASES TO ASSIST THE DISTRIBUTION OF RATIONS TO COMPANIES. THE DISTRIBUTION IS BEING ARRANGED BY NO 4 PLATOON, DETAIL ISSUE DEPOT. THE STORES ARE DELIVERED TO THE ISLAND BY AMERICAN BARGES. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX112387 SERGEANT T J NEYLAN (1); VX118722 SERGEANT M C ROUSCH (2); VX132304 PRIVATE H G W WOODS (3); VX109239 CORPORAL A G MILDENHALL (4); VX108225 CAPTAIN J K LLOYD (6); VX144996 SERGEANT R E ROBERTSON (7); VX109180 PRIVATE J CROSS (8); VX120396 CORPORAL A G MCCANN (9); LIEUTENANT MC KELLAR (11) [almost obscured]; SX14584 SERGEANT R T MATTISON (12).

073712

SARANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS AND STORES OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION BEING LANDED AT THE BEACH. THE AREA IS IN USE AS A FORWARD BASE IN PREPARING FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST KARKAR ISLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- V255764 PRIVATE V.L. HENDRICKSON (1); VX132301 PRIVATE H.THOMAS (2); VX104196 LIEUTENANT F.E MC KELLAR, DETAIL ISSUE DEPOT, AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS (3); VX137577 PRIVATE L.G. HUNTER (4); V129159 PRIVATE R.E. PEARCE (5); V285288 PRIVATE R.L. FORD (6).

073713

SARANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. TROOPS OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION BEING LANDED AT THE BEACH. THE AREA IS IN USE AS A FORWARD BASE IN PREPARING FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST KARKAR ISLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- V330716 PRIVATE R J BRAYBON (1); QX1889 PRIVATE N . N HANSEN (4); V42629 PRIVATE H GOUGH (6); V41596 PRIVATE A T REID (7); VX109239 CORPORAL A G MILDENHALL (8).

073672

NAGADA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-31. AMERICAN LANDING BARGES CONVEY MEMBERS OF THE 37 / 52ND INFANTRY BATTALION TO SARANG HARBOUR A FORWARD BASE IN PREPARATIONS FOR A BEACH LANDING ON KARKAR ISLAND.

075019

NAGADA, MADANG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-02. PERSONNEL OF THE 2ND SUPPLY DEPOT PLATOON. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- QX60513 PRIVATE A.C. HUGGINS (1); VX106588 PRIVATE A.E. CROUCH (2); VX89046 CAPTAIN F.M. ROBINSON OFFICER COMMANDING (3); NX153383 SERGEANT G.H. LONG (4); N446418 PRIVATE A.J. MORGAN (5); VX87509 SERGEANT E.V. CLODE (6); V49285 LANCE CORPORAL J.P. MCMEEL (7); V46378 PRIVATE G. THOMPSON (8); VX138114 PRIVATE W.J. MARCHANT (9); Q134082 PRIVATE A.P. RYAN (10); VX77822 LANCE CORPORAL J.H. MATTHEWS (11).

075018

NAGADA, MADANG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-02. PERSONNEL OF THE 2ND SUPPLY DEPOT PLATOON. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX139561 DRIVER L.W. GRANT (1); N453808 PRIVATE L.S. FOGG (2); WX31300 SERGEANT G.A. BLUNDELL-WIGNALL (3); VX144173 PRIVATE R.E. MIDDENWAY (4); VX101612 SERGEANT J.G. MCGILLIVRAY (5); VX144174 PRIVATE R.N. CHALLIS (6); VX148308 PRIVATE A. WOOD (7); VX148310 CORPORAL W.S. FRY (8); VX87563 SERGEANT G.R. HAYMAN (9); VX139764 PRIVATE W.F. HUMPHRIES (10); VX148309 CORPORAL J.J. MURLEY (11).

 

 

Source: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia. These photos can be viewed on line at the AWM site by searching the photo number listed above.

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