Landing at Jacquinot Bay

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Landing at Jacquinot Bay
Part of World War II, Pacific War
Date 4 November 1944
Location Jacquinot Bay, New Britain, Territory of New Guinea
Result Allied victory
 Australia  Empire of Japan
Commanders and leaders
Ray Sandover

The Landing at Jacquinot Bay was an Allied amphibious landing at Jacquinot Bay during the New Britain Campaign of World War II on 4 November 1944.[1]


The first echelon, consisting of the 14th/32nd Battalion and a company of the 1st New Guinea Infantry Battalion, was transported by two transports under the escort of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) destroyer HMAS Vendetta, frigate Barcoo and sloop Swan.[2] The landing was unopposed by Imperial Japanese forces.

After covering the landing force for two days, HMAS Vendetta, Barcoo and Swan proceeded to Wide Bay and bombarded Japanese positions around the bay. The RAN motor launches ML 802 and ML 827 stayed in the area with landing craft of a company of the United States Army's 594th Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment.[3]


  1. ^ Dennis et al (2008), p. 390.
  2. ^ Long (1963), p. 250.
  3. ^ Long (1963), p. 250.


  • Dennis, Peter; et al. (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-551784-2. 
  • Long, Gavin (1963). The Final Campaigns. Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 1 – Army. Canberra: Australian War Memorial.