J-Force

J Force (sometimes referred to as “Jayforce”) was the name given to the New Zealand forces that were allocated to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) which occupied Japan following the end of the Second World War.  On 21 August 1945 the New Zealand government agreed to contribute both a land and an air contingent.

Some troops who had recently returned from Europe with the 2nd Division got drafted to form a contribution (known as J-Force) toward the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in southern Japan. No. 14 Squadron RNZAF, equipped with Corsair fighters, and RNZN ships also joined BCOF. The force was deployed between 1946 and 1948, after which it was disbanded and its personnel repatriated to New Zealand.

Background:

22 Battalion pipe band, Kure, Japan. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: J-0065-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22804511 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

22 Battalion pipe band, Kure, Japan. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: J-0065-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22804511
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

 Upon the surrender of Japan which ended the combat phase of the Second World War, Allied Forces, including New Zealanders, Australians, Canadians, and Indians, entered Japan as an occupying force in February 1946 to restore the peace, clean up debris from the atomic blast, help rebuild and direct Japan into becoming a democratic society. Within a week of the surrender Britain invited New Zealand to participate in the occupation of Japan. Due to its weakened condition at the end of the war Britain lacked the resources to provide a force by itself and it wanted members of Commonwealth to help supply sufficient numbers to show the United States that it was still a major power.

Source:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

2 Responses to J-Force

  1. Arthur Leslie Owens says:

    My Dad Robert Lawrence Owens no 60111 18th Battalion 2nd NZEF served 6 years at the front then 18 months as J Force he passed at 80 years old from cancer .

  2. emytopi1 says:

    Hi there Arthur. I’d be happy to add his name to the list if he is connected in some way to Northland. Do you have any other info at this stage? Did he have next of kin in Northland, live there or did he enlist there?

    Cheers

    Dale Calder

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