Guiding Light for D-Day Landing Craft

Seaweed

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#2
Bumpedto note that there may be an interview with Jim Booth on Meridian TV within the next few days, maybe Wednesday.
 

wet_blobby

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#4
Top blokes. Considering all the ordanance dropped from the highly accurate RAF/USAF right down to naval gunfire, rocket ships, Artillery and tanks on landing craft and the amount of drop shorts there must have been you've got to be slightly awed that they survived.
 

Seaweed

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#5
Word is that the filming of Jim Booth by Meridian TV MAY be on the 1800 local news slot on ITV in the South on Thursday 28th.
 

Seadog

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#7
The Daily Mail does it again. Ignorance and bad journalism. Virtually unknown? Just because the martial illiterates at the Mail looked blank when the story first surfaced (coat) in their sight, doesn't mean that millions of well informed others didn't know about it. The 50 000 to 85 000 who visit the D Day Museum in Pompey every year may know.

Of D Day
one of the most pivotal invasions of the Second World War.
Allowing for more than one pivot, the most pivotal invasion.

The uniformed picture of Mr Booth is captioned:

Navy Lieutenant: Mr Booth when he first joined the forces
It isn't. He joined as an Ordinary Rating.

Another caption
....HMS Warapite....
Groan.

Their task was to spy from their 'X-crafts' on Nazi troops.....
At the risk of splitting blonde hairs, the Waffen SS (Nazi Troops if you must but by this time, men were being conscripted regardless of politics) were not at the coast. All the channel facing divisions were Army. Different ways they saluted was a giveaway (until 20 July 1944 after which everyone had to 'Heil Hitler', like it or not).

But hey, 'Nazi' is a 'two world wars one world cup' stick with which low brow media beat the Hun forever more.

I could go on but you'll be relieved to read that I won't.​
 
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Seaweed

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#8
Jim B did indeed start as an OD, was on Atlantic convoys and then commissioned RNVR (Sub Lt at the time of D-Day, went regular after the war (hence pic of him in ice cream suit as straight-stripe Lt)) but was later invalided. As to his health now, when he was visiting Hayling last month he challenged his son in law on the hotel exercise bikes.
 

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