Relief: Arrival of the 2/4th Maj Edward ‘Mac’ Walker (clean shaven) commander of the 2/4th Independent Company with Maj Geoff Laidlaw at Sparrow Force headquarters after the landing at Betano. Original source unknown. Featured in Cyril Aryis, All the Bulls Men, 2006 Aware that the 2/2nd was exhausted, a relief was planned. The advance party of the relieving 2/4th Independent Company arrived on 16 September 1942 on the HMAS Kalgoorlie. A week later, in early evening, the HMAS Voyager slipped into Betano Bay with the 250 men of the 2/4th and 15 tonnes of supplies and started unloading. Hundreds of hidden porters and ponies moved the stores inland. Tragically the Voyager ran aground and could not be freed. Spotted by the dawn Japanese reconnaissance flight, bombing attacks followed. Voyager’s anti-aircraft gunners shot down one Zero fighter plane and then the stricken destroyer was scuttled. Two nights later, the corvettes HMAS Warrnambool & Kalgoorlie evacuated the stranded crew and the 2/2nd’s sick and wounded. Despite the perilous circumstances there was no loss of life. The 2/2nd soon integrated the 2/4th into the guerrilla campaign. The 2/4th Independent Company men who went to Timor. Their double diamond colour patch was dark blue. Courtesy Rex Lipman HMAS Voyager ran aground while landing the 2/4th at Betano Bay. The captain could have saved the ship as it drifted ashore but its propellers would have killed soldiers in a nearby landing craft. Courtesy Australian War Memorial AWM 043828 ‹ Japanese ‘Scorched Earth’ Policy and the August Push The September Push: A desperate situation › View the discussion thread.