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24 Jan 1942

Dutch East Indies
  • Dutch bombers attacked Japanese troop transports off Dutch Borneo as the ships sailed toward Balikpapan. Dutch submarine K-18 damaged Japanese patrol boat P37 and suffered damage from depth charge counterattacks. After sundown, 5,500 Japanese troops landed unopposed at two sites north and east of Balikpapan. Finally, US destroyers USS Paul Jones, USS Parrot, USS Pope, and USS John D. Ford attacked Japanese transports at Borneo, sinking Kuretake Maru, Sumanoura Maru, and Tatsukami Maru, and further damaging patrol boat P37. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo | CPC]
11 Jan 1944

Dutch East Indies
  • Kamoi began escorting tanker Nichiei Maru at 0000 hours south of Laut Island, Dutch Borneo; they arrived at Balikpapan at 1445 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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