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Report titled: Landing Operation off Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea 22nd April 1944 HMAS WESTRALIA as Flagship of Task force 77.2.2

Date: 1944
Dimensions:
Overall: (Closed) 101 x 158 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Report
Object No: 00050466

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    Report titled: Landing Operation off Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea 22nd April 1944 HMAD WESTRALIA as Flagship of Task force 77.2.2. Copy of a typed document starting at 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. The document comprises three pages
    HistoryWESTRALIA was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Glasgow for the Huddart Parker company as a twin screw motor vessel, being completed in 1929. It was requisitioned for war service by the Australian government in 1939 as an armed merchant cruiser (AMC) and fitted with 6-inch (150 mm) guns, and 3-inch (76 mm) anti-aircraft guns, before commissioning into the RAN in January 1940.

    HMAS WESTRALIA's time as an AMC was spent escorting convoys in the Pacific and Indian oceans, primarily from Australia and New Zealand. In 1943, it was converted into a Landing Ship Infantry (LSI). In this role, WESTRALIA was used primarily to transport units of the United States Army and Marine Corps. The ship took part in landings at Cape Cretin, Leyte Gulf, the Philippines and Borneo.






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