LCT 390, LCT 715 & LCT 1025 - D-Day - Any photos?

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  1. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    Interested in RAF Bomb Disposal casualties around D-Day and was looking for background info concerning the following: -
    I believe LCT 1025 was involved in rescuing survivors.

    Middlesex Chronicle from 20 January 1945

    Is there a list somewhere of which units were on which ships/crafts?

    Casualties for LCT 390 I can find naval personnel:
    HAWES, Daniel G, Ty/Act/Leading Seaman, C/JX 315161, MPK
    HILLYARD, Clifton, Stoker 1c, D/KX 136480, MPK
    HOWARD, George J, Act/Able Seaman, C/JX 395156, killed
    NYE, John H P, Leading Wireman, D/MX 102969, MPK
    RICHARDS, Roy H, Ty/Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
    YARNELL, Wilfred H, Wireman, D/MX 105209, MPK

    Were there RAF BD guys on LST 715 or is it LCT 715, as finding references to both -
    "LCT 715 was torpedoed and sunk by an E-boat off JUNO beach, #127 Wing RCAF Headquarters was onboard, Cpl. H.W. Boyd, driver Sgt M.W. Card, Cpl M.F. Kimmerly, LAC N. Somolenko and nine other airmen among those lost at sea."
    "LST 715 was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Manch by S 100, S 142, S 150 and S 168."

    Possible casualties from '715' or '390' include -
    HANNAH, EDWARD ARTHUR Flt Sgt 545959 - 6225 Bomb Disposal Flight
    GOODWIN, WILLIAM VICTOR Cpl 1529279 - 6225 Bomb Disposal Flight
    HENLEY, ROY HENRY Cpl 1529285 - 6225 Bomb Disposal Flight
    SHARP, THOMAS CHARLES LAC 1874201 - 6225 Bomb Disposal Flight
    STOTT, HAROLD LAC 1534309 - 6225 Bomb Disposal Flight
    BAINES, ARTHUR JAMES LAC 1449013 - 6225 Bomb Disposal Flight
    CROFTS, JACK HENSON LAC 1678283 3207 Servicing Commando
    F/Lt Herbert DRURY - 115811 - Runnymede Panel 202;
    F/Lt Kenneth GATE - 115817 - Runnymede Panel 202, and
    AC1 Alan B. ROUTELEDGE - 1798971 - buried Bayeux War Cem.

    Another RAF BD guy, Sgt John Cavill, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day+1 with a Mobile Radar unit. Maybe he landed from a different vessel? He was wounded on the beach and evacuated to an American hospital at Malvern. On recovery he was posted back to his previous BD role at Holmsey South and was disposing of bombs around Gosport in July 44.

    And even more confusing is 6205 BD Flight Corporal MIDDLETON, ELDRED FRANCIS 1285110 recorded as having died on 6 June - "Killed in action, D-Day, at Omaha Beach, Bayeux War Cemetery."
    Assume the date of death on his gravestone was a guestimate and he was one of those lost in the next couple of days as not aware of any RAF BD units landing on the 6th.

    Any more background info relating to any of the above, or photos of vessels, would be much appreciated.
  2. No photos of any of the three vessels unfortunately.

    On D Day:

    LCT(3) 390 of 4 LCT Flotilla, "K" LCT Squadron was planned to be LTIN 1002 carrying DD tanks of 1st Hussars to MIKE GREEN.

    LCT(4) 715 (not LST 715, which was laid down in the USA on 7 June 44!) of 30 LCT Flotilla, "K" LCT Squadron, also part of Force "J", was tagged as "spare".

    LCT(4) 1025 of 48 LCT FLotilla, "I" LCT Squadron was part of Force "S". Her CO is given as Skipper Walter Seymour HILL, RNR (seniority 1 Aug 40).

    Last edited: Mar 9, 2020
  3. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    Thanks Michel.- That adds some more pieces to the jigsaw puzzle. Much appreciated!

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