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  • Timor 1942 Commando Campaign Tour - Successfully Completed

    Edward Willis

    Tour map.jpgThe tour of sites connected with the No.2 Independent Company’s (2/2) campaign against the Japanese on Portuguese Timor during 1942 began on Sunday 22 April and was successfully concluded on Wednesday 2 May.  The tour was led by 2/2 Commando Association Committee member Ed Willis and guided by Julio dos Santos of Timor Adventures.  12 people participated in the tour including 11 family members of 2/2 soldiers, notably Genevieve Isbell and Tricia Parr, daughters of Major Alexander (Allan) Spence the C.O. for most of the campaign.  Mick Stone, Program Director of Timor Awakening, was also a valuable tour member.  A map of the tour route and the itinerary are attached to this post as well as a slideshow of highlight photos from the tour.

    A full report on the tour is linked to this post and can be downloaded.

    Given the success of the tour and previous enquiries, Timor Adventures, the tour operator is calling for expressions of interest from others who may like to tour either later this year or in 2019.

    If you are interested in a future tour, please contact:
    Shirley Carlos
    Timor Adventures
    Send an SMS and Shirley will call you back: +670 78625995 +670 77261059  +670 77616371



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    Edited by Edward Willis


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    Thanks for posting the shots on YouTube.  Would love to be on this trip, so perhaps I can manage the next.  Look forward to hearing stories and thoughts of those who went on this trip.  Regards to all, Ben

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    Thanks for your response Ben.  I'm hopeful that there will be another tour so keep any eye on Doublereds and Facebook for developments.  I'll be reporting more fully on the tour shortly - all the feedback I've had from members of the tour party has been very positive and hopefully some of their stories and thoughts will emerge soon - this will help promote interest in future tours like ours – as well as a great experience for those involved, I think our group did have a positive impact economically and socially on the people we encountered and the places we visited during the tour and it would be great to keep that going.

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    Cheers, Edward.  Had I not been in the middle of moving from Queensland to Tassie during this time, and caught up in work, I'd have loved to have returned to Timor with your group.  Well done to everyone involved for helping pay back a little bit of that debt all Aussies owe the Timorese. 

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