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Re: LCT 7086 and the D-Day Landings

Postby Phil Tomaselli » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:08 pm

David Lea wrote:Hi Phil

I'm trying to find out more about my Uncle who was an Ordinary Seaman on board LCT 7086 during D-Day. I know he was with 6 LCT Flotilla, ‘H’ LCT Squadron, Force ‘L’ which was based in Harwich and from what he told us when he was alive, his LCT was involved in conveying US servicemen to the Omaha beaches at Normandy. We also know his LCT was damaged by the great storms on 19/06/44 and had to be rescued by a tug called The Griper.

I have his service record which only really gives dates and postings but I would like to put 'some meat on the bones' and find out what he was actually involved in on D-Day itself.

Any help, info or pointers would be very much appreciated.

Thank you in advance


I fear this is one where a great deal of "shopping around" will be needed.
Though there are records of some LCT's at Kew they all seem to relate to ones that were sunk or badly damaged. There is a file ADM 199/1560 which contains orders and memoranda for Force L for the landings, which will give some idea of what they were supposed to do (and might even contain information on what they actually did) and there are two files relating to awards for 125 LCT crew members for the Normandy invasion; your uncle is probably not among them (though you never know!) but the recommendations will give a good idea of what the LCT's went through, and they may include someone else from his ship. File ADM 1/15631 contains a report to the Prime Minister on LCT's used during the invasion but is more likely to be statistical than to give details on individual ships. File ADM 199/1645 has reports of landings and actions on D Day from a naval perspective so you may find useful material there, as well as other files in ADM 199 series starting from ADM 199/1550; you can browse on from there. None of these are online.
The Imperial War Museum may have some veterans descriptions of LCT's at D Day and certainly has an extensive photograph collection of them, many of which are online.
The Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth may have information but I'm afraid that, after numerous problems with their search engine, they've taken it down for the moment while they set up a new one.
For personal experiences of landing craft at D Day try
Best of luck.
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Re: Phil Tomaselli (Second World War)

Postby marie1993 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:54 pm

How do you use this to find ur family

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