I am a retired officer of the Australian Regular Army and an amateur historian, being a member of the Royal Queensland Historical Society
I have come across an uncorroborated story which tells of 106 Japanese marines being spotted coming ashore at Cromarty in North Queensland in April 1942 during WWII. The only troops available to resist the incursion were the American engineer units based at Woodstock airfield. The 46th Engineer Battalion and the 91st Engineer Battalion both helped to build the Woodstock airfield in 1942.
The American troops were brought down by train and a short battle ensured. Apparently two US servicemen were wounded and a number of Japanese marines were killed. The remainder of the Japanese troops were taken prisoner and briefly held at in detention at Kissing Point, Townsville before, presumably, being shipped further south to an established detention camp, probably at Cowra NSW.
Is there any record in the 46th or 91st Engineer Battalion historical files of this engagement?
Can anybody confirm that the engagement did, in fact, occur?
Any assistance which you are able to provide to assist is solving this mystery would be gratefully received. If I can accumulate sufficient objective evidence, I intend to write an article for inclusion in the Queensland Historical Journal and will forward you a copy of the publication.
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