Around 30 battle-experienced AIF officers back from the Middle East arrive in Moresby to take positions with the militia battalions there. 39th Bn receives 15 of them.
Sgt Ron Stewart, critically burned in the bombing attack on the MV Macdhui dies today in Moresby Hospital. He is the 5th member of the 39th Battalion to die in the attacks. Ten crew members from the ship's company of 77 have also been killed.