699TH SIGNAL AIRCRAFT WARNING BATTALION
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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The 699th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion was activated in Fort Dix, NJ with Moore Greenwood as its Commanding Officer.

They left San Francisco by the SS Maui but after a generator failure they were put ashore on Angel Island until the ship was repaired and the hold was painted. They re-boarded the ship on 12 February 1942 and crossed the Pacific Ocean with a convoy of 7 ships and the light cruiser New Orleans. They arrived on Brisbane on 6 March 1942 and marched to Camp Ascot.

The 1st Platoon left for Caloundra and the rest of the outfit departed for Perth in Western Australia onboard the SS Monterey on 6 March 1942. They docked in Melbourne when Corregidor fell to the Japanese. They were stationed in Perth until October 1942 when they travelled by train back across the Nullabor Plains headed for Brisbane in south east Queensland.

After a short stay at Camp Ascot they moved to a boy's school at Nundah. They left Brisbane for New Guinea on board the SS Jansen on 18 January 1943. Once in New Guinea they transferred to the 565th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion as Company "A" on 11 March 1943 at Oro Bay.

 

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