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In the middle of 1943 until late in the war, Muschu Island was bombed and strafed by Allied aircraft and vessels. Although the Japanese expected an Allied amphibious landing, Muschu Island was bypassed.
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On April 11, 1945 eight Australian Army Z Force commandos disembarked from HMAS HDML 1321 and paddled ashore in four folboats on the southern side of Muschu Island as part of "Operation Copper" (originally code named "Operation Ash"). Their objective was to land on the southern coast of the island, capture a Japanese soldier for interrogation, and to make a beach reconnaissance for a perspective landing area. Also, reconnoiter the island's deferences and locate two concealed naval guns, then rendezvous again with their launch.
The Z Force consisted of eight individuals: Lt. Alan R. Gubbay, Lt. Thomas J. Barnes, Sgt Malcolm F. M. Weber, L/Cpl Spencer H. Walklate, Sig Michael S. Hagger, Sig John R. Chandler, Pte Ronald E. Eagleton and Spr E. T. Dennis. Seven were killed and only Dennis escaped by swimming to coast.
On August 1, 1945 ML 805 and ML 809 approached Muschu broadcasting surrender messages, without result. On August 17 (two days after Japan's surrender) two Japanese boats with white flags approached ML 805, and a meeting occurred on the beach of Muschu to arrange the surrender of Navy personal. On September 10, 1945 Rear-Admiral Sato boarded ML 805 in the Kairiru Strait and surrendered the remaining Japanese Navy forces under his command on Muschu and Kairuru by handed over his sword to Australian Army Major-General Robertson, commander of the 6th Division. Three days later, the Army garrison surrendered at Cape Wom.
Sup (Som Point, Cape Saum)
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