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    Thursday Island Queensland Australia
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RAAF Dec 23, 1943

Location
Thursday Island is located in the Torres Straits off the Cape York Peninsula and Horn Island in Queensland in Australia. Located to the north is Hammond Island.

Wartime History
On October 5, 1942, the U. S. Army established administrative HQ in the court house building on Thursday Island under the commanded of Col. Langford. The island was supposed to be defended by white soldiers, with Torres Straights Infantry company as a reserve force. If the Japanese attempted to occupy the island, the defenders were to destroy all boats.

Allied units based at Thursday Island
HQ Torres Straits Force
Coastal Defense Artillery (Turtle, Goods, Milman, Endeavour, King)
Anti-aircraft batteries 34, 35, 157
17th Australian Field Company
Torres Straights Infantry Company

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Last Updated
September 1, 2018

 

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