28 January 1944 21 DUKWs arrived from GLASGOW. 29 January 1944 12 DUKWs arrived from STAFFORD. 1 June 1944 0800 Unit dispersed over various sealed camps awaiting embarkation. 2 – 3 June 1944 [no entry] 4 June 1944 1000 Portions of Unit landing on 1st, 2nd + 3rd tides on ‘D’ Day leave sealed camps+ embark on L.S.T’s. 5 June 1944 [no entry] 6 June 1944 0720 ‘D’ Day ‘H’ Hour. Reccy [sic] party land at H+195 – north coast of France. O.C. & two thirds of unit (approx) land at H+5½. Another third land at H+11. Bulk of remainder land at H+22. DUKWs land at correct times but wheeled vehicles up to 24 hrs late. One DUKW was hit by a shell on landing & another wrecked by a bomb later. 7 June 1944 1000 Low level bombing attack by enemy. 3 bombers shot down over beachhead. 1500 Two M.E. fighters machine gunned beach. 1900 Snipers presence felt. Persistent nuisance bombing raids by enemy aircraft throughout the night. Enemy prisoners taken off beach by Rhino ferry. 8 June 1944 1800 [??] spasmodical [sic] bombing by enemy [??] dawn [??] Ammunition Dump hit. We lose 5 DUKWs in blaze, 4 rescued. 9 June 1944 1100 Enemy shells beach. 1430 [??] shells enemy guns & silences them. 10 June 1944 1600 DUKWs still working day & night. 11 June 1944 [no entry] 12 June 1944 2100 Papers & mail arrive. 2300 DUKWs cease working for first time. Now only do work from 0500 hrs to 2300 hrs daily. 13 June 1944 0100 Enemy planes strive to silence guns next to G.P. park. Persistent bombing in vain. 14 June 1944 0800 Permission to wear caps G.S. instead of Steel Helmets given. D+5 residue arrives in safely. 15 June 1944 1100 Enemy guns again shell beach. 16 June 1944 0100 Enemy planes overhead. Heavy barrage. 1300 Main residue vehicles + personnel begin to arrive. 17 June 1944 1000 Main residue vehicles & personnel now completely off-loaded & reported in. 1900 1 DUKW wrecked in minefield. Driver unhurt. 2000 Mail arrives. Blue papers. (Latest date of letters June 11th 44). 18 June 1944 1200 Five [?] new replacement DUKWs collected from 9 Coy RASC. 1600 Short Memorial Service held at C.R.A.S.C. H.Q. 7 officers & 97 O.Rs of this unit attended. 19 June 1944 1000 Strong wind & rough sea. All DUKWs unable to operate. A Platoon of 633 Coy RASC (G.T.) DUKWs attached to this Coy. 2100 Rum issue ordered. 20 June 1944 1000 Strong wind & rough sea continues. DUKWs still unable to operate. 21 June 1944 1000 Strong wind & rough seas continues suspension of DUKWs operations. 22 June 1944 0500 DUKWs start to operate again. 1400 DUKWs stop owing to high seas. 1500 DUKWs begin to operate again in small numbers. 23 June 1944 0500 DUKWs operating again. 1100 Enemy shells beaches. 1445 DUKWs operating at full capacity. 1900 Seven DUKWs collected from 50 Coy RASC. Two of them are for 633 Coy RASC. 2300 DUKWs to continue operating all night (2 platoons). 24 June 1944 0500 All DUKWs now operating. Shelling of beach continues. 2200 DUKWs to operate all night again. Transhipment working tried [?] by “C” Pl all night. 25 June 1944 0500 DUKWs still operating. Excellent weather. 0545 1 DUKW sunk with load of Mines. Reason not yet known. 1000 Enemy begins to shell beaches. 1100 Shelling ceases. 1100 Enemy starts to shell beach again. Continues for approx 1 hour. Thirty DUKWs of Coy to operate all night. All DUKW to work now on Transhipment basis. 26 June 1944 0500 All DUKWs operating on transhipment basis. 0900 - Heavy Artillery Barrage heard in distance 1200 1800 Lt. H. Marsh [?] promoted to A/Captain & posted to 299 Coy RASC (G.T.). Lt. L. [??] absorbed into W.E. of this unit. 2300 DUKWs cease operating for the night. 27 June 1944 0500 Two Platoons of DUKWs operating. 1000 Enemy starts spasmodical [sic] shelling of beach again. 1500 DUKWs paid [??] off owing to shortage of coasters off beaches. 2200 Enemy shells falling behind G.S. park area. 28 June 1944 0100 Heavy artillery barrage heard. This continues all night. 0430 Two platoons of DUKWs begin operating. 0900 All available DUKWs operating. 1200 Spasmodic shelling of anchorage, work continued through Transhipment area. 1800 Some loads sent west to dumps owing to shortage of transport in Tranship. Area. 2300 Work ceased. 29 June 1944 0100 Artillery fire heard in Caen sector. 0500 DUKW operations commenced. 12 Drivers posted from 34 R.H.U. 1400 Sporadic shelling of anchorage. Work continued. 1530 Some DUKWs going west to Dumps; lack of transport in Tranship. Area. 2300 Work ceased. 2330 Shelling of beach area. Some enemy air activity during the night. 30 June 1944 0500 DUKWs commenced operating. 0800 Lt. Tanner transferred to “C” pl from HQ. Lt. Cunliffe to “D” Pl from “C” Pl. (Duty on “Drake”) Lt. Marvirage [sic] from “D” Pl to HQ. 1100 Enemy shelling anchorage. Coasters moving. CRASC ordered all DUKWs ashore temporarily. 1200 DUKWs resumed operations. 1600 Enemy shelling anchorage. 2000 Spasmodic shelling of anchorage & beach. 2040 Enemy shells falling inland, S. & S.E. of this location. 2100 Still shelling occasionally. 2130 DUKWs ceasing operations. 2230 Enemy shelling beach. 2245 All night patrols & sentries wared to exercise special vigilance in view of possibility of saboteurs being dropped by parachute. 2315 Enemy shells falling inland S.E. of this location. 2330 Heavy artillery fire heard from direction of Tilly. 2335 Enemy air activity. A.A. defences in action. The unit has carried out its work during the first period of the invasion and notwithstanding persistent shelling the DUKWs have operated and the goods have been brought ashore. The health and morale of the unit is high and all ranks are in excellent spirits. Our battle casualties have so far numbered – 12 wounded. Losses in vehicles – 9 DUKWs, 1 water-truck and 3 – 3 Tonners. The DUKWs were lost through enemy action – while the other vehicles were lost at sea on Motor ship 3211 but all the drivers were rescued.