~ COMBINED OPERATIONS ~

    WW2 land, sea and air forces of the Allied Nations planning, training and operating together as a unified force on amphibious raids and landings against the enemy.

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Hundreds of thousands of visits each year to 200  web pages & 4000 photos. Published & hosted by Geoff Slee since 2000.

Follow the restoration of LCT 7074 to her wartime glory and read veterans' personal recollections in 40 D Day Stories.


~ Landing Craft Crew Lists ~

We aim to gather together information on WW2 landing craft crew members from existing websites, annotated photographs, official records and any other plausible sources. If you possess any material likely to be of interest, or know where information on landing craft crews is available, please let us know using this link. All information, no matter how small, will be gratefully received. The craft are listed in alphabetical order and then by the pennant number.

Abbreviations used; LCF - Landing Craft Flak; LCI(L) - Landing Craft Infantry (Large); LCS(M) - Landing Craft Support (Medium);

Craft No Date Source Notes
LCF 1 17/08/44 The Wreck Website

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LCF 15 17/06/44 The Wreck Website

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LCF 20  

From Iain Foreman who purchased a sailor's service book off EBay. More...

LCI(L) 113 1942/43

From San Ward whose father served on LCI(L) 113. The photo shows the crew of LCI(L) 113 in Hingham (Boston), Massachusetts. The photo is very battered, but her dad helpfully listed the crew names on the reverse! They are: Arnell, Blackwell, Taylor, Muir (?), Garland, Doherty, McGinnes, Ashdown, Ward, Young, Perkins, Miles, Aston and Oliver(?). More...

 Mk3 LCS(M)s 78, 109 and 112 June 1944 Testimony of Marine HR (Lofty) Whitting

https://www.combinedops.com/524%20LCA.htm

The crew of ONE of the Landing Craft Support (Medium) craft [LCS(M)s] opposite comprised officer, Lt Richard Hill, Corporal Powell, Coxswain Andrews, Stoker Rowbotham, Marine Martin in charge of the CSA Smoke-Laying equipment, Gun Loader Jock Smith, Signalman Crispen, Smoke Mortar men Green and Howe and finally, Lewis gunners Pugh and Marine HR ‘Lofty’ Whitting - 11 in total. Corporal Powell manned the twin 0.5 inch Lewis gun in the Boulton Turret.

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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Memorial Maintenance

We have a small band of volunteers who take turns to visit the memorial each month, particularly during the growing season, to undertake routine maintenance such as weeding keeping the stones and slabs clear of bird dropping, lichen etc. and reporting on any issues. If you live near the National Memorial Arboretum and would like to find out more, please contact us.

Remember a Veteran

You can pay a personal tribute to veterans who served in, or alongside, the Combined Operations Command in WW2 by adding their details and optional photo to our Roll of Honour and They Also Served pages on this website.

Read the Combined Operations prayer.

Events and Places to Visit

To organisers: Reach the people who will be interested to know about your Combined Operations or war related event by adding it to our  webpage free of charge.

To everyone else: Visit our webpage for information on events and places to visit. If you know of an event or place of interest, that is not listed, please let us know.

To notify an event or place of interest, click here.

To visit the webpage click here.

Facebook

Why not join the thousands who visit our Facebook page (click on icon above) about the Combined Operations Command in appreciation of our WW2 veterans.

 

You are welcome to add information, photos and comment or reply to messages posted by others.
 

 

Find Books of Interest 

Search for Books direct from our Books page. Don't have the name of a book in mind? Just type in a keyword to get a list of possibilities... and if you want to purchase you can do so on line through the Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). 5% commission goes into the memorial fund.

WW2 Combined Operations Handbook

This handbook was prepared for Combined Operations in the Far East. It illustrates the depth and complexity of the planning process necessary to ensure that the 3 services worked together as a unified force.

New to Combined Ops?

Visit Combined Operations Explained for an easy introduction to the subject.

 

About Us?

Background to the website and memorial project, and a look to the future; plus other small print stuff and website accounts etc. Click here for information.

 

Legasee Film Archive

As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee has recorded interviews with veterans from any conflicts. These  films are now available on line. www.legasee.org.uk

 

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