Landing Craft lost Madagascar 5th May 1942

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    On 5th May 1942 during Operation Ironclad, whilst landing 29th Brigade on Red Beach South, west of Diego Suarez, one landing craft is noted as being lost after running aground in Courrier Bay. Book 'Churchill's secret invasion' says that an 'LCA' was lost, but the only identified loss for this date is LCM46, which is noted by 'British and Empire Warships' as "capsized East Indies 5/5/42".

    I know that the ADM210 (Green List) records of landing craft only begin in August 1942, so does anybody know if there is a list of landing craft assignments to cover dates before this? I'm trying to see if LCM46 (or MLC46 for its correct designation on this date!) was assigned to one of the landing ships (HMS Winchester Castle, HMS Royal Ulsterman, HMS Keren, HMS Karanja and Sobieski, plus RFA Derwentdale) taking part in the operation. Any ideas?


  2. Temujin

    Temujin Member

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    You may some reading to do in order to answer your question, and that possibly needs to start with The National Archives

    Possible useful file
    Operation `Ironclad': diaries and reports | The National Archives

    But there are 269 files on Operation Ironclad so sifting through those may throw up some relevant files
    Search results: operation ironclad | The National Archives

    British naval vessels lost at sea in World War 2 - La Combattante to Myrtle
    LCM No.46 (30-37t) capsized and sank, E. Indies, May 5, 1942
  4. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that, yes I'm slowly working my way through the ADM199 series, amongst others, ADM199/937 was on my (too long) list of documents to look up.


  5. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Well I've gone through the various Operation Ironclad reports contained within ADM199/937, but there is no mention of any landing craft losses. However from my experience of researching Operation Jubilee, the lack of a mention this doesn't actually confirm that there were not losses, as the losses of landing craft were often poorly recorded, especially as seems to be the case on this date when there were no casualties.

    There are mentions of landing craft operations being halted/moved due to poor sea conditions, so I wouldn't rule out a loss occurring... The search goes on.



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