Hi, These extracts are from WO171/2362 - War Diary of 39 Coy RASC (GT) for 1944: C.O.: Maj. H.J.E. Colley, RASC 1 May 44 Camp A.14 1200 Strength 10 Offrs and 385 ORs. WE 10 Offrs and 395 ORs. 11 1st Rfts. 20 May 44 Orders received from 101 Beach Sub Area for this unit to take part in Operation ‘OVERLORD’. Change of WE of vehicles: Returned to VRDs. 1 Humber 4 x 2, 2 15 cwt 4 x 2, Received 1 Humber 4 x 4, Lorrys 15 cwt 4 x 4 2. 26 May 44 Received 34 Lorry Chevrolet 4 x 4 3-ton, 60 Ford 4 x 4 3-ton. Returned 66 Lorry 4 x 2 3-ton. 31 May 44 Strength 10 Offrs and 384 ORs. 1 June 1944 Camp A.10 0525 Strength 10 Offrs, 384 ORs. OC together with CRASC 21 Tpt Coln RASC visited all pls in their respective camps to ascertain the condition of the vehs which had been giving minor trouble. 1200 Comd 101 BSA visited Unit HQ. 1400 My Serial moved to Gosport Hards for embarkation. 2145 Ordered to embark. Serial embarked and was completed at about 0200 hrs 2 Jun 44. Pte. Neesham S admitted to CRS and SOS. Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. It was learnt that Dvvr Boone JD who was with Lt. Young’s Party at Camp A.4 had gone absent. The fact was not confirmed and as a result he was not SOS camp Commandant A.4 and police informed. Serial 612/LST(2) commanded by Lt. J. Carlton left for embarkation p.m. The fact that very Junior Offrs should be appointed as OC craft in addition to his duties as Serial Commander seems to be the wrong policy. It is considered that the craft should be commanded by the Senior Offr travelling on that particular Serial or Craft. Very often Junior Offrs find themselves commanding craft and Senior Offrs travelling as passengers. 2 June 1944 At Sea 0600 Strength 10 Offrs, 383 ORs. Dvr Boone JD presumed absent and SOS. Dvr Scatchard joined Unit. The men were very cheerful and were able to have a well earned rest. The vehs were run and it was found that several batteries required charging. These were charged. Strength remained the same 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. 3 June 1944 At Sea 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. See Appx “A”. Lt. Young’s Serial contacted and his party were quite happy. P.M. Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. 4 June 1944 At Sea Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs – sea getting a little rough. 5 June 1944 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. Sea still a little rough with a fairly strong wind. Much speculation as to whether we move off or not and what date “D” Day will be. Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. 6 June 1944 At Sea 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. 0800 The craft is under way and we are still all wondering whether this was the commencement of the party. Maps were distributed and we then knew that we were definitely off to war. Held conference of dvrs and explained alterations of map references. Last minute details arranged and discussed. 1800 Shelling of beaches going on. Enemy shells fall in sea about 50 yds away. Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. The strength of the Coy is a matter of conjecture because there isn’t any means of checking up until we get over the other side. 7 June 1944 At Sea 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. Was very disappointed in not being able to land. Sea getting up a bit. Number of fires on foreshore seem to have burnt themselves out. Everyone getting rather bored because there seems no hope of getting ashore today. Destroyers still shelling beach. Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. 8 June 1944 At Sea 0200 Strength 10 Offrs and 383 ORs. At last a Rhino Ferry came alongside and I managed to get aboard. Landed at about 0200 hrs. The beach was in rather a mess. No casualties sustained by us in actual landing. Proceeded to G.T. Park, carried out recce and then went around to Sector Stores. It was learnt that Dvr Rippon GL and Pte Smith S (ACC) had been wounded and evacuated to the United Kingdom. Strength 10 Offrs and 381 ORs. “B” Pl had 1 x 3-ton veh destroyed by Enemy Action. Remainder of 2nd and 3rd Tide landed. P.M. The Amn and Pet Sector Stores bombed. It was learnt that the 44 dvrs of “B” Pl together with Lt. R.E. Swan had put up a very good show. It was learnt that Dvr Fosbracy VS has absented himself. 1 Veh of Lt. Young’s Serial together with Dvrs xxxx and xxxx had not embarked and were SOS. Dvr Brown G and Lcpl. Smith LJ wounded and evacuated to United Kingdom. Strength 10 Offrs and 378 ORs. 9 June 1944 COLLEVILLE, FRANCE, 085786 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 378 ORs. 0630 Worked very hard at Beach Clearance and returned to Coy HQ and 2000 hrs. Conference on method of getting rest for Drivers. The dvrs have put up a really magnificent show and deserve the highest praise. They carried on all through the day and night without a grumble. During the day the Beach was shelled by the enemy and we had an Air Raid. 1 x 3-ton veh of “D” Pl was destroyed by Enemy Action. Dvr unhurt. 10 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 378 ORs. See Appx “B” Infm received that Dvr Barber CM had been admitted to CRS on 8 Jun 44 prior to leaving United Kingdom. Struck off Strength, so strength as from 8th should be one less. Todays strength therefore amended to read 10 Offrs 377 ORs. Pte McDonald MJ wounded and admitted to CRS. Strength 10 Offrs 376 ORs. 16 ORs reinforcements received. Strength 10 Offrs and 392 ORs. Worked all night on Beach Clearance and returned to Coy at 0700 hrs having spent the last three days and nights there. Strength 10 Offrs and 392 ORs. 11 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 392 ORs. A certain amount of shelling by own tps and aerial activity. Usual hard day on beaches. Strength 10 Offrs and 392 ORs. 12 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 10 Offrs and 392 ORs. Sharp Air Raid and Gunfire. Nothing of importance to record. Strength 10 Offrs and 392 ORs. 13 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0130 Air Raid still on. Went visiting tps and at “D” Pl locn found that Capt. W.C. Davies (273942) had been killed, Lcpl. Baker CW and Dvr Crawford and Dvr Dexter wounded and evacuated. Lt.R.E. Swan posted to 21 Tpt Coln, RASC to fill existing vacancy within authorised War Estab, wef 28 May 44 and SOS. A/Capt.R.E.Swan, 21 Tpt Coln RASC attd to 39 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) for all purposes wef 28 May 44. Dvr Klous M had not embarked but not SOS. Strength 8 Offrs, 1 Offr attd and 389 ORs. Capt.W.C.Davies buried in a field at Colleville-sur-Orne, France, p.m. Given semi-military funeral. Letter to father. First residues arrived, with them, Dvr Wilson G who has now been remustered as a Cook ACC. Pte Neesham S discharged from CRS and TOS wef 14 June 44. Strength 8 Offrs, 1 Offr attd and 390 ORs. 14 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 8 Offrs, 1 Offr attd and 390 ORs. 0900 Attended CRASC Conference re policy of Wheeled Control Points. 1600 Dvr Hardman posted from 21 Tpt Coln RASC and TOS which is now 8 Offrs, 1 Offr attd and 391 ORs. 15 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 8 offrs, 1 Offr attd and 391 ORs. Two tpt pls of 706 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) attd to assist in RMA duties together with 20 Task Vehs from 502 Armd Bde Coy. 1000 The beaches were shelled and an United States LST sustained a hit on the Train Deck. Nothing much has happened today. The usual RMA clearance. Strength 8 Offrs, 1 Offr attd and 391 ORs. Attd 103. 16 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 8 Offrs, 3 Offr attd and 391 ORs. Attd 103. Very quiet day. Several distinguished personages were seen on the Beach. Beaches shelled. Am on night duty on beaches. Returned form Beaches at 0200 hrs. 17 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 8 Offrs, 3 Attd Offrs and 391 ORs. Attd 103. See Appx “C” Nothing unusual has happened. Strength as at 0600 hrs. 18 June 1944 COLLEVILLE Strength 8 Offrs and 3 attd. 391 ORs and 103 attd. 1205 Dvr Potts sustained injury on RED PETER BEACH. Treated as Battle Accident. Admitted to F.D.S. for evacuation and S.O.S. 2300 Very rough sea. Vehs still working. First available day to take a Tpt Pl off the road for veh maintenance. 19 June 1944 COLLEVILLE 0600 Strength 8 Offrs and 3 attd. 390 ORs and 103 attd. The sea very rough. The beach littered with wrecks etc. Vehs unable to work on beach for some few hours but other tpt commitments have been met. Dvrs James and Swenson of A Pl joined Coy today from U.K. The pre-loaded veh was not embarked and has now been shown as a deficiency. Capt Swan is to rejoin 21 Tpt Coln. RED PETER BEACH now being operated. Dvr Mason posted to CRASC 21 Tpt Coln and S.O.S. 20 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs and 2 attd. 389 ORs and 103 attd. All ranks on Serial 33209/3211 MTC consisting of Dvrs Wear, Sibson, Smurthwite, Lindores, Starke and Driver assumed to be missing after 14 days and have been S.O.S. Dvr Hammond evacuated to U.K., knee injury. Nothing unusual to report. Strength 8 Offrs and 2 attd. 382 ORs and 103 attd. 21 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs and 2 attd. 382 ORs and 103 attd. Attd personnel ceased to be attd. Strength 8 Offrs 382 ORs. 22 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs 382 ORs. Cpl Payne sustained burns to his face and hands as a result of an explosion the cause of which could not be ascertained as he was immediately evacuated to U.K. Treated as a Battle Casualty and S.O.S. Nothing unusual to report. Strength 8 offrs 381 ORs. 23 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs 381 ORs. Little shelling. Ammunition ship struck and caught fire. Dvr Davey distinguished himself and recommended for an award. 24 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs 381 ORs. See Appx “D” Dvr Stokes posted from HQ 101 B.S.A. and T.O.S. Dvr Soul posted from 39 Coy RASC (G.T.) to HQ 101 B.S.A. and S.O.S. No change. Dvr Ruffle wounded on the vehicle harbouring area at Breche Beach PM. 23rd as a result of enemy shelling. Evacuated and SOS. A certain amount of enemy activity. Strength 8 Offrs and 380 ORs. 25 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs and 380 ORs. It is understood from conversation with a survivor of the missing Serial that the six dvrs may have been survivors and an inquiry has been forwarded to GHQ 02E. Rather a noisy night. Coy was employed on a transhipment bay system in conjunction with 101 DUKW Coy, Gen Tpt. Very successful providing DUKWs are able to keep up a steady flow of stores. Strength 8 Offrs and 380 ORs. 26 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs and 380 ORs. Main residue consisting of 1 Sgt, 18 ORs, 5 Bed 3 ton GS 4 x 4, Cars 5 cwt GS 4 x 2, 2 Bed 15 cwt W/T 4 x 2, 6 Bed 15 cwt 4 x 2 arrived from the UK. 27 June 1944 Dvrs Gold and Crane admitted to Field Gen Hospital. Normal sickness and SOS. Strength 8 Offrs 378 ORs. 28 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs 378 ORs. 29 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs and 378 ORs. It has been ascertained from GHQ 02E that the absentees Dvrs Wood G., Belfield F., Boone JD, Jacobovitch S, and Fosbraey V. are the be retaken on strength. Information was received that Dvr Belfield had been admitted to Hospital on 8.6.44 therefore is no longer an absentee and has been SOS wef dated of admission to Hospital. Strength 8 Offrs and 382 ORs. 30 June 1944 Strength 8 Offrs and 382 ORs. Courts of Inquiry held on the remaining four absentees, declared deserters and SOS. Message received at 0015 hrs that this unit would move 71 Inf Bde. Three Tpt Pls were despatched to carry out this duty under Comd of Capt GB Crosthwaite and Capt HB Woodward. Strength 8 Offrs and 378 ORs.