I have added more information on Follow Up Force 'B' to Post 139. LST WAR DIARIES. War Diaries are available for all the LSTs but tend to become repetitive. The following have been chosen because they are typical and between them show the experiences common to LSTs of Force ‘B’. LST 504. Fitted as hospital LST. 1 June. 0104. Underway to Bampool Hard, Tamar River, Plymouth. 0335. Moved alongside LST 496 off Bampool Hard. 1056. Underway to Bampool Hard. 1112. Moored to Bampool Hard. Opened bow doors, lowered ramp. 1230. Received army vehicles and personnel: 29 Division Headquarters Company. 166 men. 29 Division Artillery Headquarters. 52 men. 56 Signals Company. 29 men. 606 Quartermaster Company. 5 men. 29 Signals Company. 49 men. Officers. 45. Total. 346. 58 vehicles 17 trailers. 1820. Closed bow doors. Raised ramp. (should be other way round). 1853. Underway. 1940. Moored alongside LST 50, Tamar River. 2 June. 1919. Underway. 1948. Moored to Buoy No2, Tamar River. 3 June. 1020. Underway. 1038. Received two barrage balloons. Secured fore and aft. 1212. Anchored in Outer Plymouth Harbour. 4 June. 0222. Underway. Proceeded in Convoy B1. 0825. Returned to Plymouth. 1247. Anchored in Outer Plymouth Harbour. 1500. Forward barrage balloon nose dived and burst. 2225. Received new barrage balloon. 5 June. 0258. Underway. Proceed in Convoy B1. 6 June. 1720. Anchored by stern anchor 3½ miles off Les Moulins. 2200. Received wounded army personnel. 7 June. Anchored as before. 1030. LCVP 3 rammed on beach by LCT 1037. Abandoned. No casualties. 1050. Received 26 wounded army personnel. 1100. Received 15 wounded army personnel. 1423. Shifting to anchorage closer to beach. 1512. Anchored 1 mile off Les Moulins. 2058. Shifting anchorage. Ships close to shore being shelled. 2131. Anchored 4 miles off Les Moulins. 8 June. Anchored as before. 1315. Shifting anchorage closer to beach. 1344. Anchored 1 mile off Les Moulins. 1440. Disembarked infantry to LCT 638. Disembarked 50% of vehicles to Rhino. LCVP 1, 4 and 6 and 12 men on temporary duty to NOIC Omaha. 2136. Completed unloading to Rhino 9. 2157. Hoisted anchor. Reported to Ceres for orders. 2345. Anchored 6 miles offshore, 1000 yards from Ceres. 9 June. Anchored as before. 0020. Air raid. Expended 411 rounds 20mm and 39 rounds 40mm. 1005. Underway in convoy for Southampton. Total casualties on board 90 including 1 POW. 2206. Anchored Area 16, North Channel, Southampton. LST 511. 31 May. 0920. Underway to Barnpool Hard. 1020. Moored port side of Barnpool Hard. 1145. Commenced loading army vehicles and personnel. 1629. Completed loading 116 vehicles and 425 personnel. Delay in loading due to late arrival of some vehicles. 1954. Underway and returned to mooring. Ship completely sealed. 3 June. 1024. Underway to anchorage in Causand Bay, Plymouth. 1144. Let go anchor. 4 June. 0220. Underway with Follow Up Force ‘B’. 0829. Convoy reversed course. 1332. Anchored in Causand Bay. 5 June. 0257. Underway. Proceeded in battle condition of readiness. 6 June. Underway. 1830. Anchored in assigned position off Fox Green. Immediately lowered all six small boats. Four boats proceeded to beach. One boat returned to vessel with ten casualties which were landed aboard in rough sea conditions. Loading of this group completed at 2132. Coxswain of boat reported the other three boats damaged and possibly lost. The remaining two boats together with the one returned boat were despatched to the beach to evacuate casualties and if possible salvage the three missing boats. 2330. Air attack. 7 June. Anchored as before with troops and vehicles awaiting orders to disembark. 0045. 11 casualties brought aboard. Boats returned with the crews of the missing boats. Two boats reported lost and damaged beyond salvage and one was towed back with a damaged screw. All three available boats despatched to the beach to evacuate casualties. 1225. 13 casualties brought aboard. 1437. Shifted anchorage to one mile off the beach and prepared to disembark troops and vehicles by LCT. 1900. 9 casualties brought aboard by Army DUKW. 2015. LCT 276 married to bow. 2034. Commenced unloading army trucks and personnel. 2050. Completed loading LCT 276. 2153. Completed loading LCT 545. 2345. Completed second load on LCT 545. 8 June. Anchored as before. 0030. Married LCT 199. 0150. Completed loading LCT 199. Due to tide conditions disembarking suspended. 40% unloaded. 0715. Army DUKW came alongside with one casualty. 0820. LCT 540 married to bow. LCT 206 moored alongside. 0848. LCT 540 loaded and cast off. Cargo 60% disembarked. 43 casualties on board. 0921. LCT 199 married to bow. 0950. LCT 199 completed loading. 1018. LCT 540 returned and moored on port side. 1045. LCT 206 married to bow. 1057. LCT 206 completed loading and LCT 540 moved to bow. 1207. LCT 540 completed loading. Last load. 1330. Underway to anchorage area to await orders from control vessel. 1540 anchored off HMS Capetown. 2202. Orders from control vessel conveyed verbally by ML. Got underway for UK. 9 June. Underway in convoy for UK with evacuated casualties. 1216. Anchored in Weymouth Road. 10 June. Anchored awaiting orders from TURCO to proceed into harbour and disembark casualties. 0615. Pilot reported on board. 0623. Underway and proceeded to Portland Harbour. Moored to LST 505 to disembark casualties. 1000. Transferred casualties to LST 609. LST 512. LST Group 31, Flotilla 11. 1 June. Moored at Plymouth. 2350. Moved to Barnpool Hard, Plymouth for loading army vehicles and personnel. 2 June. 0545. Completed loading. 0735. Returned to Yonderberry Trot. 3 June. 2000. Moored to anchorage in Jenny Cliff Bay. 4 June. 0330. Underway with Convoy B1. 0820. Convoy headed back to Plymouth. 1200. Standing into Plymouth Sound. 1309. Anchored in Jenny Cliff Bay. 5 June. 0412. Underway with Convoy B1. 6 June. 2040. Anchored off Omaha Beach. 2135. Began loading casualties from the beach. 2310. Air raid. 42 rounds 40mm, 176 rounds 20mm expended. 7 June. 0300. Ceased taking casualties. Total: 87 ambulatory casualties. 76 stretcher cases. 17 survivors from LCI(L) 92. One LCVP lost by hitting underwater obstacle. 1340. 1340 Medical Supplies and Detachment ‘B’, 3275 Quartermaster Service Company, 1 officer and 50 men, disembarked via LCM 159. 1610. Fire reported in ramp control room. Bow anchor windlass overheated having been manually started by person unknown. 8 June. 0145. Enemy planes overhead. 0200. Making smoke on orders of Force Commander. 0230. Ceased making smoke. 0818. Received orders from Beachmaster to beach and dry out on Dog White immediately. 0908. Hit beach. Ship hung by stern on sand bar. Held from broaching in strong wind and current by use of rudder and engines and by using LCVPs as tugs for pushing. 1255. Ebbing tide left ship finally beached. 1630. Ship dried out. Army vehicles and personnel of 29 Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Service Company 747 Tank Battalion and 320 AA Barrage Balloon Squadron. Total 180 men. 1747. Completed debarkation. More casualties and 31 POW brought on board. Total. 87 Ambulatory casualties. 76 stretcher casualties. 17 survivors. 32 POW. Total 211. 2250. Retracted from beach and proceeded to Kansas anchorage area. 9 June. Air Attack. 30 rounds 40mm, 57 round 20 mm. 0757. 3 LCVP, 16 men and an ensign left on temporary duty under beachmaster. 0900. Orders for return to England. 1008. Underway in convoy. 2249. Anchored Area 16 Southampton Harbour. Returning LSTs were used to carry casualties and prisoners of war. LSTs fitted for casualty evacuation were to fly flag ‘M’ and show two vertical blue lights. They are described below. Prisoners of War were to be evacuated to Southampton or Portland by LST. The army provided up to twelve guards for the LSTs assigned to carry prisoners. Mike.