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    Koepang (Kupang) West Timor | East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia
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Davis October 3, 1945
Location
Lat 10° 10' 0S Long 123° 34' 60E  Kupang is located at an elevation of 337' / 102m on the southwest of West Timor on Timor Island. Wartime spelling Koepang. Borders Kupang Bay (Koepang Bay). Prewar and during World War II part of Dutch Timor in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). In 1949 after Indonesia independence, the western half became known as Indonesian Timor. Today located in West Timor (Timor Barat) in East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur) in Indonesia as the provincial capital and largest city.

Wartime History
On February 20, 1942 at 2:35am a Japanese Army landing force begins landing on each side of Cape Mali and secured the area without resistance by 3:15am. Afterwards, the Japanese "Kupang Force" proceeds over the mountains towards Kupang. Afterward, Australian Army commandos landed at Koepang to aid the Dutch and help defend Timor from the Japanese. Starting in the middle of May 1942 attacked by Allied aircraft until the end of the Pacific War.

American missions against Koepang
May 17, 1942 - July 30, 1944

On October 3, 1945 in a surrender ceremony at Koepang, Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) Lt. General Kunitaro Yamada commander of the 48th Division surrendered the remaining Japanese forces in the Lesser Sunda Islands (Lesser Sundas) east of but not including Lombok Island to Australian Army is Australian Army Brigadier Lewis Glanville Howard Dyke, OBE, DSO, commander Timor Force.

Koepang Airfield (Koepang Golf Course)
Wartime airfield, today a golf course

Koepang Seaplane Base
Wartime seaplane base, today a golf course

Koepang Cemetery
Commonwealth War Cemetery

References
WW2 Nominal Roll - Lewis Glanville Howard Dyke, 331 (VX89)

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October 5, 2020

 

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