Operation Sunable

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Operation Sunable was a military operation by Australian forces in Timor during World War Two. It consisted of Lieutenant Williams, and Sergeants White, Shand and Curran.

The party was inserted into Timor in June 23, 1945. Within hours of its arrival, the party was reported by pro Japanese locals. For the next week it was dogged by Japanese patrols and ambushed three times before Williams was fatally wounded in a fight on 5 July 1945.

The other three evaded capture for another week until lack of food and water forced them to surrender. During their various encounters, four Japanese were killed and several more wounded.[1]

It was one of a series of disastrous missions Australia sent behind enemy lines in Timor.[2]


  1. ^ Silver p 238, 240
  2. ^ Silver p 240


  • Silver, Lynette Ramsay (1990). The Heroes of Rimau: Unravelling the Mystery of One of World War II's Most Daring Raids Hardcover. Birchgrove, New South Wales: Sally Milner Publishing. ISBN 9781863510530.
  • "The Official History of the Operations and Administration of] Special Operations - Australia [(SOA), also known as the Inter-Allied Services Department (ISD) and Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD)] Volume 2 - Operations -Part 1 p 50-52". National Archives Australia. p. 125-129.

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