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Soldiers from 3 RAR move forward in 1951

The Australian Korean War order of battle consisted of one, and later two infantry battalions, naval forces of one aircraft carrier, two destroyers, and one frigate, as well as air forces consisting of one fighter squadron and one transport squadron. The first forces were committed in July 1950 from units based in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, with Australia being the first UN member nation after the United States to commit elements from all three services.[1] A total of 17,808 Australians served during the Korean War, including 1,193 members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), 5,771 from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and 10,844 from the Australian Army, with casualties including 341 killed and 1,216 wounded.[2] Australian forces remained following the end of hostilities, with the last units finally departing in 1956.

Australian Army[]

Royal Australian Air Force[]

File:No 77 Sqn RAAF Meteor During Korean War (AWM JK0243).jpg

Meteor's from No. 77 Squadron RAAF

Royal Australian Navy[]

HMAS Murchison operating off Korea.

See also[]


  1. Varhola 2000, p. 128.
  2. Odgers 2000, p. 147.
  3. 3.0 3.1 O'Neill 1985, p. 707.
  4. Hopton, Major L. I. (April 1951). "Maintenance of the Australian Infantry Battalion in Korea". 
  5. O'Neill 1985, pp. 708–709.


  • Odgers, George (2000). Remembering Korea: Australians in the War of 1950–53. Chatswood: New Holland Publishers (Australia). ISBN 978-1-74110-807-1. 
  • O'Neill, Robert (1985). Australia in the Korean War 1950–53. Combat Operations. Volume II. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australian War Memorial. ISBN 0-642-04330-2. 
  • Varhola, Michael J. (2000). Fire and Ice: The Korean War, 1950–1953. Mason City, Iowa: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-1-882810-44-4. 

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