LCI (S) 524.

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  1. kevin mears

    kevin mears Member

    LCI (S) 524 was lost off Sword Beach on D-Day. I have found conflicting reports about the circumstances in which this vessel was lost. It seems that five survivors were taken off by USCG cutter CG35. The Cutter's commanding Officer was awarded the British DSC for his part in rescuing survivors. The citation I found seems to suggest that the LCI was backing off the beach after dropping a load of commandos when the vessel was struck by a shell causing her to burst into flame. Conversely, two USCG histories suggest that the LCI was carrying a volatile load of fuel and/or ammunition into the beach when she struck a mine.

    If anyone can confirm how this vessel was lost and the names of the five survivors (including the Commanding Officer, I would be most grateful.

    Regards,

    Kevin Mears
     
  2. nofnet

    nofnet Junior Member

  3. kevin mears

    kevin mears Member

    Thank you for that, I will give it a try.

    Regards,

    Kevin Mears.
     
  4. Hello Kevin did you ever get an answer to your question. My uncle died on the LCI 524 aged 18 , Went this weekend to the grave in Le Havre to pay our respects Frederick Jackson /Hull

    Jean Zuidhoek-Lancaster


     
  5. DannyM

    DannyM Member

    Hi,
    She was hit several times during the run-in and landing but it was after landing the Commandos and going back out to sea that she was hit and exploded. She was about two miles off Ouistreham when this happened.

    The petrol tanks could hold up to 4000 gallons of 87 Octane petrol when full.

    There is a photo of LCI(S) 524 after she had been hit online at the IWM website.

    It is photo A 24101. “View from the cruiser FROBISHER as a Landing Craft goes up in smoke after being hit by an enemy shore battery. The cruiser had helped bombard the enemy coastal positions during the week before D-Day”. Link here THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR: OPERATION OVERLORD (THE NORMANDY LANDINGS): D-DAY 6 JUNE 1944 (A 24101)

    Regards

    Danny
     
  6. Many thanks for the information
     
  7. Camulard

    Camulard Junior Member

    It's great to identified the LCI's) 524 on this photo!! Thank you. How can you be sure that it is it?

    Do you know what was the commando unit of the 1st Special Service Brigade that the LCI 524 landed before to be destroy?
     
  8. LCI(S) 524 was Serial 259 and carried elements of 41 RM Commando. See the Loading Plan found by Danny and posted by Colin here:

    LANDING CRAFT COLOURS FOR D-DAY.

    Michel
     
  9. Jon Lees

    Jon Lees New Member

    Hi. Was researching LCI then was much surprised to come across direct reference to 524. My wife's Grandfather Alan Cromar was its commanding officer. He was badly injured and whilst continued on until mid 60's never truly recovered. As might be of interest I've attached his injury certificate from the time. But perhaps of more interest is attached letter. About a year after the action Alan evidently bent the ear of Rear Admiral and this letter not only provides a full narrative but also names many brave men at the time on the craft. One of many bits of paper in a box which I somehow feel very pleased to be able to share and put into the digital world and ensure its never lost. I hope it offers some value and insight. Regards Jon
     

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