Warfare in News

Posted on Thursday 17th November

In August this year, divers discovered the 'missing' wreck of a British ship which sank with all its crew in the Solent on its return from the D-Day landings.

Landing Craft LCT 427 had successfully delivered her cargo of tanks to Gold Beach and was returning to Portsmouth on the morning of 7 June 1944 when it collided with the battleship HMS Rodney just four miles from the shore. LCT 427 was sliced in half and all 13 members of the crew were lost. Only 1 body was ever recovered.

Divers from Southsea Sub-Aqua Club located the pieces of the wreck in remarkable condition at a depth of 30m in the busy shipping channel approaching Portsmouth and Southampton.

A memorial service was held today for the 13 men who died, almost 70 years ago. The service was attended by some of the families of those who lost their lives in the tragedy, D-Day veterans, and divers from Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, where wreaths were laid on the site of the wreck, followed by a service at St Ann's church in Portsmouth Naval Base.

Further Reading

Gold Beach

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Gold Beach

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The two authors, both formerly senior professional soldiers, have compiled an easy-to-follow itinerary to the British landings on 6 June 1944 on Gold Beach and the ensuing bitter fighting. Covered in detail are the actions which earned CSM Hollis of the Green Howards his VC and other inspiring battle stories. Read more...


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