3rd Australian Corps Guerrilla Warfare Group

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Brief History

Initially known as the Special Duties Unit, formed at Broome in Western Australia following the Japanese sir raid on 3 Mar 1942 which resulted in the destruction of many flying boats. With invasion thought ot be imminent, the unit was formed to demolish the airfield and the town's facilities. By July 1942 a Special Independant Company had been formed in Perth, with Sections at Halls Creek, Roy Hill, Glen Florrie, Mekathara, Mooloo and Yaringa. The Sections were responsible for patrolling their area for signs of Japanese landing parties, after which the units would undertake guerilla warfare.

The Group headquarters appears to have moved around, Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, My Lawley, Cidlows and Point Walter. By October 1942 the unit was commonly known as 3 Corps Guerrilla Warfare Group. Long range patrols took place in the Kimberley (1942) and to Munja Station (1943).Warmed in September 1943 that they were to be disbanded they moved to Cungra in Queensland where the men transitioned to the 43rd Water Transport Operating Company (Landing Craft) which was formed in November 1943

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Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 2 - The Australian Army 1939-1945, pages 2.499 & 2.500 - Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018

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