Possibly a rather wild shot in the dark, but I have this account of my grandfather's, 2nd tank 1st troop "C" squadron 24th Lancers on the Normandy crossing: "Loading at the docks was easy. We could load tanks in our sleep. I think the craft was L.C.T 285 but I could be wrong*. These tank landing craft are flat bottomed; the crew were American as also was the boat. We pulled away from the dock but we were too busy below to see anything until the anchor dropped and there we were, alone between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. We were there a week and watched the ships build up behind us until I swear we could have walked back to the docks without wetting our feet. About one in five of the ships had a barrage balloon to keep the dive bombers away. The food on board was good, the bread was really something. The coffee too was excellent. The ship’s Captain would keep us informed about lots of things and we were all a… … little startled the first time he spoke on the tannoy “Now hear this” he did say there was no need to hold the tanks and trucks with the securing chains. Eventually as everyone now knows we set off. We rounded the Isle of Wight and so far as we could see ships were moving into the channel from every direction. It must have been awfully lonely after we had gone. Everyone on board were (sic) interested for a while. The parts of the Mulbury Harbour interested us. I’m sure some of the parts had men aboard, in fact I saw one piece with two men, they wore very warm clothing and needed them. Another piece broke loose and our boat picked up the tow. Then the sea got up. Then the Captain came on “Now hear this” the tanks had to be chained. Chaining tanks when a ship is still is one thing, chaining on a rough sea is something else. Starting with all the crews picking up the chain put it around the track and wind it up. That ship rolled, it yawed, it pitched and it wasn’t many minutes before sea sickness took away my helpers. Eventually they were safe, but sleep was not for me, I could sleep other nights, tonight things were happening and I for one didn’t want to miss anything. So I wandered around having a look at the sea, couldn’t see very far, could hear ships, there was a rhythm and drone in the sea and sky. Eventually I smelled coffee and went along to see the cook, he never refused. With the first dawn streaks we knew the lid would be off, so all eyes were watching and soon we knew we were close, the tide turned bringing with it all manner of stuff floating by, one lot of sailors hats came by which didn’t do anything to cheer us, and yet they wouldn’t be wearing them and there were too many in a bunch. Then we saw our beach, there was no mistaking that tall house. We were reserve regiment so there was no rush to get us off. Battleships… … came up, turned around and started to fire over us, a troopship gently eased in, they took a rope to the shore and the men from the ship dropped into the water and waded ashore and walked away in single file up over the hill. When it was our turn our ship turned and slowly backed towards the shore and dropped the ramp. This was the moment of truth alright, if the sealing had gone they’d quickly fill with water, if there was a hole between ship and shore water would go in through the top where the tank commander was perched. So all crews were aboard except the tank commanders and we were clustered around the ramp watching Eric Hanson*** drop in, when he leveled he had a foot to spare and there was one big scamper back to our tanks. We were nose to tail going off and were very happy to get moving again." * I've looked into this number but from what I've seen this doesn't seem to quite fit. L.C.T 285 seems to have landed in the Canadian sector (if it was this one which I think is the closest one I could find) and it was a very much smaller vessel than one might first suppose from the description my grandfather gives. http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/18/180285.htm To quote: Participated in the Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944, at either Nan White or Nan Red Sectors of Juno Beach However this LST... LST-285 http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160285.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_LST-285 And for more info. on this type: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_Ship,_Tank Seems though more like it might quite possibly fit the bill, but I don't see anything yet to describe who it carried or what it did during the Normandy Invasion to verify anything there. All the best, Rm.