25 June 1942

At 0700 hrs, B Company 39th Battalion heads off in trucks to McDonald’s Corner outside Moresby. There, it finds that rations and supplies supposed to have been sent ahead along Kokoda Track have not been sent. They are ordered to bivouac and await orders.

Australian forces sail from Moresby to begin building airfields at Milne Bay on the Eastern tip of Papua. They will protect the sea route to Port Moresby through the Coral Sea and also provide a forward base for bombing of Japanese bases at Rabaul.