LCI(s) 523 @ Sword Beach

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  1. Dave Hosker

    Dave Hosker New Member


    My grandfather, William(Bill) Leslie Hosker, was an Able Seaman on LCI(s) 523 at Sword Beach and I am looking for any information, photographs or footage about the landings. He also served at Walcheren and Dieppe.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks,

  2. Spitfires of the Sea

    Spitfires of the Sea Stephen Fisher

    Hi Dave,

    523 was one of two LCI (S) that carried Free French Commandos to Sword Beach. Under the command of Temp Sub Lieutenant Bury, she beached at 7.50am on the far east flank of Sword Queen Red Beach. This is from the Naval report from Sword Beach:

    "No opposition was met until close to the beach. Craft touched down at H+25 (0750) five minutes early.

    "On touching down one ramp of LCI (S) 523, Tempy Sub Lieutenant J W H Bury, RNVR, was blown away by an explosion and the bottom holed forward. Disembarkation, however, was completed without casualty either to military or naval personnel. Craft was unbeached and proceeded alongside LCI (S) 527, Tempy Lieutenant C F Craven, RNVR, who on approaching the beach lost both her ramps. all troops were transferred to LCI (S) 523 who beached again and disembarked.

    "LCI (S) 523 was leaking badly on unbeaching for the second time but was taken in tow by LCI (S) 527 and reached the United Kingdom safely."

    Note that the text is a little ambiguous - it was the ramp that was blown away by an explosion, not Bury.

    There is quite a lot of information available about the role of the LCI (S) flotillas in landing the commandos and I'm sure some knowledgeable people here will help pad out the above narrative. You may enjoy this film of the commandos embarking at Warsash just before D-Day - 523 herself appears at 1:13 and sails right to left. There's also some accounts of the crossing from the French Commandos' perspective in Ian Dear's book "Ten Commando 1942-1945" (the chapter on their role at Normandy is 23 pages long).

    Hope this helps,
  3. Steve,

    The Naval Report slightly misspells the name of 523's CO. It's actually Berry. See D Day Landing Craft Markings, which gives some (not much) additional detail about the troops 523 and her companion 527 carried.

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