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AWM Aug 20, 1945

Wartime History
During 1945, operated off Bougainville. On August 20, 1945 off southern Bougainville near Kahili (Buin) a Japanese Daihatsu landing barge carrying a Japanese Army envoy for Lt. General Kanda, commander of the 17 Army Group was escorted by ML 818 to HMAS Lithgow for surrender negotiations and afterwards returns to Torokina.

Postwar
On August 30, 1947 this vessel was sold at Brisbane for 675 £.

References
AWM "Japanese envoys meet Australians" F01634 cine footage ML818 August 20, 1945 off Kahili (Buin) 01:55-02:35, 03:34-03:45
AWM "Signing of surrender document at 2 Australian Corps Torokina & General Kanda on board HMAS Diamantina" cine footage ML818 August 20, 1945 00:22 - 00:28
Fairmile Ships of the Royal Australian Navy Volume II pages 120-122, 313

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February 4, 2018

 

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