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Kuching Raid
Beginning:

December 15
1941

End:

December 15
1941

Location:

Near Kuching, Borneo.

Outcome:

Allied Victory

Combatants

Empire of Japan

United Kingdom
United States
Netherlands

Commanders

Harada Kaku

Ian Horner

Strength

1 Seaplane carrier
1 Destroyer
1 Patrol Boat
numerous landing craft and trasports

2 Light Cruisers
3 Destroyers

Casualties

1 Seaplane Carrier, 1 Destroyer, 1 Patrol Boat and 2 Transports sunk
10 transports damaged

1 Destroyer damaged

  

After sailing from Soerebaja, TF308 headed toward the port of Kuching, where the Japanese were reinforcing for their push further into Borneo. The Seaplane carrier Chiyoda and a destroyer attempted an interception of this small task force but the Chiyado was sunk. The task force was then free to assualt the large supply columns.

It is notable as the first major victory for the allied forces.

HMNLS Banckert was badly damaged and had to leave the task force for Singapore.

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