Discuss the Units Involved in the Normandy Landings

Discussion in 'Regiment Histories' started by spidge, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Discuss the Units and Serices Involved in the Normandy Landings

    What units forged their names in blood on the beaches and later in the hard fought roads to Germany?
  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Nice idea for a thread, Spidge. And I hope people remember to include the Navy(s) and Air Force(s) units too.

    To kick off here are the names of the Royal Navy personnel killed on D-Day and the week after:


    I had never realised how many Royal Navy Commandoes had been killed on the day itself.
  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    The naval component of the operation, "NEPTUNE", comprised large numbers of warships, auxiliaries and landing craft. In all, 1,213 warships were provided for the invasion. Their main task was to provide shore bombardment firepower for the troops going ashore, to guard the transports, and to conduct minesweeping and antisubmarine patrols on the flanks of the invasion corridor. The navies also provided 4,126 amphibious craft, including a variety specialized landing craft, such as LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank), LCIs (Landing Craft, Infantry), and LCTs (Landing Craft, Tank [Rocket]). More than 3,500 of these landing craft were actually used during the Normandy Invasion. These amphibious craft would provide the crucial troop-carrying capacity to land the thousands of men, vehicles, and artillery along the 50-mile wide target area in the Bay of the Seine.

    Hundreds of antisubmarine escorts and patrol planes protected the flanks of the assault convoys. Allied gunfire support task groups began bombarding prearranged targets along the beaches in support of the landings.

  4. spidge

    spidge Active Member

  5. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    The RAF & RAN deaths on D-Day.

    Australians killed in France on D-Day (from the Roll of Honour)

    Sub-Lieutenant Bruce Valentine Ashton RAN Attached to the Royal Navy

    Flight Sergeant Malcolm Robert Burgess RAAF 50 SquadronRAF

    Pilot Officer Albert Lance Coates RAAF 299 Squadron RAF

    Flight Lieutenant Ronald John Conley DFC RAAF 97 Squadron RAF

    Flight Sergeant Barry Alan Croft RAAF 299 Squadron RAF

    Flight Sergeant Leslie John Gilbert DFM RAAF 299 Squadron RAF

    Flight Sergeant George John Howard RAAF 181 Squadron RAF

    Flying Officer Graydon Raymond Howe RAAF 42 Operational Training Unit RAF

    Pilot Officer Harvey Francis Munday RAAF 149 Squadron RAF

    Squadron Leader Arthur Geoffrey Oxlade RAAF 464 Squadron RAAF

    Sub-Lieutenant Richard Pirrie RAN Attached to the Royal Navy

    Flying Officer Alfred Ernest Roberts RAAF 164 Squadron RAF

    Pilot Officer Roland Gilbert Ward RAAF 50 Squadron RAF

    Flight Sergeant Gordon Washbourne RAAF 115 Squadron RAF

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