Information on KT101 & KT199 during Operation Husky

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Oldman, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Just starting to go through my fathers unit war diary for the period up to and including the actual invasion of Sicily, it mentions KT 101 & KT 199 as the boats they actual sailed in to the landings.
    I have been unable to obtain any information about the KT boats at all , can any of you nautically minded people give pointers as to how to locate this information.
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Been searching all over internet but like you, cannot find any reference to them. Only reference I can find to the KT ships are German.
    So basically I know nowt :wink:

  3. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Lesley, I have been having the same problem and can't find any refs to KTs in any Op Husky reports I have been able to find.

    Really need a Husky expert to pop up!
  4. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Could you post the war diaries which refer to the boats please?

  5. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Flower class Corvettes had the KT pennant

    KT 101 HMCS Naniamo
    KT 199 HMS Fritillary

    I haven't been able to confirm that they were a part of Op Husky

  6. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member


    HMCS NAMIAMO was K101 and HMS FRITILLARY was K199 don't know where you picked up the extra 'T' from.

  7. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Oldman sent these to me a few days ago, I have cropped them a bit.
    The numbers appear to me to be KT 101 and KT 109, not KT 199.

    References to 'bricks' lead me to think a brick is a designated beach party, but no numbers or titles are given. The unit concerned is 626 Field Squadron, RE.

    Still no clues as to what vessels KT 100 and 109 are.

    Attached Files:

  8. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Oldman hasn't said if he has a copy of the 'Appendix B' referred to, that could give some clues.

    The reference to 'MARAQUEB' lead me to think this could be a mis-spelling of 'MARACAIBO'.
    They were the first LSTs, actually converted Venezualan shallow draught tankers originally used on Lake Maracaibo. There were 3 of them and they were ready for use in Op Torch, prior to Husky and encountered similar problems to those described in the WD i.e.beaching on sandbars. I believe at least one was used on Husky, but the three vessels Bachaquero, Misoa and Jasajera were numbered LST F110, F117 and F125.

    Exercises Bromyard and Brightling were troop embarkation exercises and there is a file (WO 201/776) on them at TNA.

    Anyone visiting soon?
  9. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Many thanks for posting War diaries for Lesley, I do not have a copy of Appendix B, which somewhat clouds the issue.
    none of the 3 vessels you mention appear in the list of ships in the Sicily Invasion fleet I have.

    Thanks to all who have taken time to help me resolve this issue

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