can any old World war 2 commandoe identify with this service record please

birgit

Midshipman
Good evening, thanks for letting me join.

I have no clue what to be doing here but thanks.

I got a bit of a problem with my Uncles WW2 service record. There is nothing to it, no details no ships, no clues at all........... it is a mystery and he remains a mystery.

1) Official service number JX381543* Born 20.05.1924,
HMS Collingwood Naval Base as an Ordinary Seaman. This was 22 july 1942 until 25 Oct 1942 and was for 3 months.*

Collingwood was opened as Training Establishment for Radar and Electrical ratings

2)HMS Victory 27 Oct 1942-27 Feb 1943 and was for 4 months.*Photo dec42

3)HMS Northney 28 Feb 1943 -13 Mar 1943 and was for 2 weeks.*

NORTHNEY was a Landing Craft and Combined Ops Training Base on Hayling Island.

4)HMS Dartmouth 14 Mar 1943 - 22 Apr 1943 and was for 5 weeks.

DARTMOUTH was a Combined Forces base at Dartmouth.



5)HMS Quebec 23 Apr 1943 - 2 May 1943 and was for 9 days.*

QUEBEC was a Combined Ops Training Centre at Inverary.

6)HMS Sea Serpent 3 May 1943- 2 July 1943 and was for 2 months.*



7)HMS Copra 3 July 1943 - 12 July 1943 and was for 8 days.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

8)HMS Sea Serpent 13 July 1943 - 16 July 1943 and was for 3 days.*

9)HMS SalsetteBombay?17 July 1943 - 21 July 1943 and was for 4 days.*

10)HMS Salsetteas an Able Seaman 22 July 1943 - 31 Mar 1944 and was for 8 months in India.*



11)HMS Copra 01 April 1944 - 31 Dec 1944 and was for 9 months.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs



12)LCT 445 01 Jan - 10 Jan 1945 and was for 9 days.*

13)HMS Copra 11 Jan 1945 - 18 Jan 1945 and was for 9 days.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

14)HMS Dundonald 19 Jan 1945 - 17 Feb 1945 and was 1 months.*

DUNDONALD at Auchen Gate was a Holding and training Base for Naval Beach Commandoes and also for Combined Ops personnel returning from the Middle East.



15)HMS Copra 18 Feb 1945 - 11 Mar 1945 and was 3 weeks.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

16)HMS Dundonald 12 Mar 1945 - 30 Jun 1945 31/2 months.*

DUNDONALD at Auchen Gate was a Holding and training Base for Naval Beach Commandoes and also for Combined Ops personnel returning from the Middle East.

17)HMS Copra 1 July 1945 - 28 Feb 1946 was 8 months.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

18)HMS Victory 01 Mar 1946 12 Jun 1946 was 31/2 months.*

His only LCT contact according to his record in the Navy is LCT 445 and thats for 9days.........!!!

I got a million questions but no answers..... can i get an opinion on this record please, any guidance at all please. Many thanks.
 
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Billy Q

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Good evening, thanks for letting me join.

I have no clue what to be doing here but thanks.

I got a bit of a problem with my Uncles WW2 service record. There is nothing to it, no details no ships, no clues at all........... it is a mystery and he remains a mystery.

1) Official service number JX381543* Born 20.05.1924,
HMS Collingwood Naval Base as an Ordinary Seaman. This was 22 july 1942 until 25 Oct 1942 and was for 3 months.*

Collingwood was opened as Training Establishment for Radar and Electrical ratings

2)HMS Victory 27 Oct 1942-27 Feb 1943 and was for 4 months.*Photo dec42

3)HMS Northney 28 Feb 1943 -13 Mar 1943 and was for 2 weeks.*

NORTHNEY was a Landing Craft and Combined Ops Training Base on Hayling Island.

4)HMS Dartmouth 14 Mar 1943 - 22 Apr 1943 and was for 5 weeks.

DARTMOUTH was a Combined Forces base at Dartmouth.



5)HMS Quebec 23 Apr 1943 - 2 May 1943 and was for 9 days.*

QUEBEC was a Combined Ops Training Centre at Inverary.

6)HMS Sea Serpent 3 May 1943- 2 July 1943 and was for 2 months.*



7)HMS Copra 3 July 1943 - 12 July 1943 and was for 8 days.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

8)HMS Sea Serpent 13 July 1943 - 16 July 1943 and was for 3 days.*

9)HMS SalsetteBombay?17 July 1943 - 21 July 1943 and was for 4 days.*

10)HMS Salsetteas an Able Seaman 22 July 1943 - 31 Mar 1944 and was for 8 months in India.*



11)HMS Copra 01 April 1944 - 31 Dec 1944 and was for 9 months.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs



12)LCT 445 01 Jan - 10 Jan 1945 and was for 9 days.*

13)HMS Copra 11 Jan 1945 - 18 Jan 1945 and was for 9 days.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

14)HMS Dundonald 19 Jan 1945 - 17 Feb 1945 and was 1 months.*

DUNDONALD at Auchen Gate was a Holding and training Base for Naval Beach Commandoes and also for Combined Ops personnel returning from the Middle East.



15)HMS Copra 18 Feb 1945 - 11 Mar 1945 and was 3 weeks.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

16)HMS Dundonald 12 Mar 1945 - 30 Jun 1945 31/2 months.*

DUNDONALD at Auchen Gate was a Holding and training Base for Naval Beach Commandoes and also for Combined Ops personnel returning from the Middle East.

17)HMS Copra 1 July 1945 - 28 Feb 1946 was 8 months.*

COPRA was a Pay and Records Establishment at Largs

18)HMS Victory 01 Mar 1946 12 Jun 1946 was 31/2 months.*

His only LCT contact according to his record in the Navy is LCT 445 and thats for 9days.........!!!

I got a million questions but no answers..... can i get an opinion on this record please, any guidance at all please. Many thanks.
USS LCT 445 (LCT 445)
Landing craft tank of the LCT (Mk 5) class
Navy The US Navy
Type Landing craft tank
Class LCT (Mk 5)
Pennant LCT 445
Built by New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)
Ordered
Laid down Sep 1942
Launched Sep 1942
Commissioned
End service
History
Transferred to the RN upon completion in September 1942
 

onions

GCM
Billy Q, got any info on LCT 7029? I think she was a Mk 3 and built in Scotland. References to LCT's is pretty scant.
 
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Billy Q

Guest
Billy Q, got any info on LCT 7029? I think she was a Mk 3 and built in Scotland. References to LCT's is pretty scant.
Landing Craft Tank of the LCT (Mk 3) class
Navy The Royal Navy
Type Landing Craft Tank
Class LCT (Mk 3)
Pennant LCT 7029
Built by Redpatch Brown & Co. Ltd. (Meadowside, Scotland, U.K.)
Ordered 1943
Laid down
Launched
Commissioned 31 Oct 1944
End service
History

A request for information a few years ago:-
LCT 445
Ex-PO Motor Mechanic Trevor Taylor DSM of 24 Fyfield Ave Swindon SN2 5ED was seeking news of Wireman Spider Kelley and AB Johnny Williams of Mexbororough with whom he served in WW.
Sadly, they will likely all be dead and we are left with the likes of MLP and Twiglet....Help!
 

birgit

Midshipman
thanks for interest. Still no luck in finding out what LCT 445 did for 9 days in Jan 1945.

Can i ask..... was a Combined ops sailor, 'assigned' to a Royal navy commando unit?

Did the same Landing craft match the same Commando unit regularly?
Many thanks
 

sweetpea

War Hero
...Hi birgit,

Sorry for the delay with my reply - I've been busy working across the pond.

I've had a quick look but I can't find anything listed by the RN Archives regarding the activities of LCT 445 in January 1945, however, I did find it mentioned on the Wiki page regarding USS BLANCO COUNTY.

There was much activity after D Day with Landing Craft Tanks. They were used to ferry equipment, vehicles, supplies and arms from UK ports to the ports of France that the allies had captured, going back and forth.

Combined Ops, as I understand is: Combined operations by allied nations. In this instance, I'd venture to say that LCT445 was in combined ops with the likes of USS Blanco County in late 1944 and beyond.
Your sailor was assigned to the LCT445, had he been attached to a Commando Unit it would have been recorded in his Service Record and in his Pay Roll. I will read through the list of training establishments that he attended in the list you have supplied, and will then see if I can help you further.

LINK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Blanco_County_(LST-344)#Invasion_of_France.2C_1943.E2.80.931945

Hope this helps.

SP.
 
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birgit

Midshipman
excellent, many thanks, hope you enjoyed the other side of the pond and you didnt swim back....... I check this clue out sweetpea....:)
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
SP

Combined Ops as I know it is Air, Sea and Land forces working together. Amphibious ships are combined ops as the troops are transported by sea and landed by landing craft and air units. The WW2 badge is still used today
combined ops.jpg
In fact I saw 3 RAF personnel wearing it on their MTP today and Bulwark, Albion and Ocean have it on their funnels.
 

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