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28 Nov 1941

Dutch East Indies
8 Dec 1941

Dutch East Indies
  • While at Tarakan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies, USS Marblehead received the alert that Japan had started hostilities. ww2dbase [Marblehead | Tarakan, Borneo | CPC]
4 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
10 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
11 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
18 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
21 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese Sakaguchi Detachment departed the island of Tarakan for Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo. Cruiser USS Boise, cruiser USS Marblehead, and four destroyers departed Koepang, Dutch Timor to intercept; en route, USS Boise hit a rock and USS Marblehead suffered engine trouble, thus the destroyers would sail on by themselves. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | Tarakan, Borneo | CPC]
  • Naka departed Tarakan, Dutch Borneo. ww2dbase [Naka | Tarakan, Borneo | CPC]
23 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • As the Japanese convoy carrying the Sakaguchi Detachment approached Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo, it was attacked by Dutch forces; Dutch submarine K-18 sank Japanese transport Tsuruga Maru, while nine Dutch B-10 bombers, and 20 Dutch Buffalo fighters sank Japanese transport Nana Maru and damaged Tatsugami Maru. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
  • Naka protected transports during the invasion of Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo. ww2dbase [Naka | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
24 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • Dutch submarine K XVIII fired four torpedoes at Japanese cruiser Naka off Borneo, Dutch East Indies, all of which missed; Naka gave pursue to the submarine unsuccessfully. ww2dbase [Naka | Borneo | CPC]
25 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • The Japanese conducted a third landing at Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo, capturing the airfield at dawn. Dutch defenders began sabotaging bridges before retreating north, where they were ambushed by a Japanese force. Meanwhile, civilians were evacuated by ship at Pontianak, Dutch Borneo. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
28 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
30 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
7 Feb 1942

Dutch East Indies
8 Feb 1942

Dutch East Indies
20 Feb 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese troops massacred 72 Dutch prisoners of war and 2 Dutch civilians at Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies by beheading and gunfire for the destruction of oil facilities prior to Japanese occupation. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
25 Feb 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • In the Dutch East Indies, the second of two Japanese invasion fleets for Java departed from Balikpapan, Borneo; the fleet was consisted of 41 troop transports and escorted by 5 cruisers and 16 destroyers. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
8 Apr 1942

Dutch East Indies
10 Apr 1942

Dutch East Indies
16 Jul 1942

Dutch East Indies
18 Jul 1942

Dutch East Indies
28 Dec 1942

Dutch East Indies
31 Dec 1942

Dutch East Indies
29 Sep 1943

Dutch East Indies
2 Oct 1943

Dutch East Indies
5 May 1944

Dutch East Indies
6 May 1944

Dutch East Indies
29 Sep 1944

Dutch East Indies
30 Sep 1944

Dutch East Indies
20 Oct 1944

Dutch East Indies
  • Kumano arrived at Brunei Bay, Borneo as part of Admiral Kurita’s First Raiding Force. ww2dbase [Kumano | Brunei Bay, Borneo | DS]
18 Jun 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-50 was destroyed by the light cruiser USS Denver after striking a Japanese mine during the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo. ww2dbase [Balikpapan, Borneo | AC]
26 Jun 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • The US coastal minesweepers YMS-39 and YMS-365 were mined and sunk off Balikpapan, Borneo. ww2dbase [Balikpapan, Borneo | AC]
28 Jun 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • USS Columbia arrived off Balikpapan, Borneo to escort minesweepers. ww2dbase [Columbia | Borneo | CPC]
1 Jul 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • USS Columbia covered landing operations at Borneo. ww2dbase [Columbia | Borneo | CPC]
2 Jul 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • USS Columbia provided naval gunfire support for Australian troops fighting on Borneo. ww2dbase [Columbia | Borneo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jul 1945
B-24M Liberator “Top o’ the Mark” and other bombers of the 23rd Bomb Squadron over Allied invasion fleet at Balikpapan, Borneo, July 2 1945.
3 Jul 1945

Dutch East Indies Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1945
Private Aubrey Carl Kotz and Private W. Spence of 7 Platoon, A Company, Australian 2/10 Battalion during Battle of Balikpapan, Borneo, 3 Jul 1945; note PIAT
9 Jul 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • The US Coastal minesweeper YMS-84 struck a mine and sank off Balikpapan, Borneo. ww2dbase [Balikpapan, Borneo | AC]
30 Jul 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese beheaded 144 Dutch prisoners at Samarinda, Borneo, Dutch East Indies, but only after they had been forced to watch their wives being bayoneted or hacked to death with swords, and their children hurled down a mine shaft where all of the bodies were eventually dumped. ww2dbase [Samarinda, Borneo | AC]
8 Sep 1945

Photo(s) dated 8 Sep 1945
Vice Admiral Michiaki Kamada (far left) surrendering Japanese Naval forces on Borneo to Australian Major General Edward Milford aboard HMAS Burdekon in Makassar Strait, 8 Sep 1945.PT-377, an 80-foot Elco boat with MTB Squadron 27, transporting Vice Admiral Michiaki Kamada (not pictured) and staff to the signing of the Japanese surrender of Borneo aboard HMAS Burdekon in Makassar Strait, 8 Sep 1945PT-377, an 80-foot Elco boat with MTB Squadron 27, transporting Vice Admiral Michiaki Kamada (seated) and staff to the signing of the Japanese surrender of Borneo aboard HMAS Burdekon in Makassar Strait, 8 Sep 1945
17 Sep 1945

Photo(s) dated 17 Sep 1945
Japanese Maj. General Michio Uno of the 37th Army lays down his sword at the feet of Australian Army Lt Colonel Ewan Murray Robson at Bandjermasin, Borneo, 17 Sep 1945.
16 Oct 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • Australian troops and Dutch officials entered Pontianak, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. The population, mostly Chinese in ethnicity, greated the liberators with Chinese national flags rather than the Dutch tricolor. ww2dbase [Pontianak, Borneo | CPC]
10 Dec 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Dec 1945
Admiral Louis Mountbatten shaking hands RAAF Warrant Officer T. Hughes of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Balikpapan, Borneo, 10 Dec 1945
22 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Borneo and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
23 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Samarinda, Borneo and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Samarinda, Borneo | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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